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Our activities are the perfect way to organise your trip. It takes some planning to really get the most out of Budapest, especially when you wish to include plenty of food and entertainment. And it's clear that you're itching to explore every avenue遥ou are excited to get out and see what life is like for locals. You're thrilled to sign up for the top activities around, and an exploration of historic city neighbourhoods is an adventure all its own. Book group tours on Expedia, and leave your map behind.
One of the most magnificent cities in Europe, the modern day city of Budapest was born in 1873 from the unification of three much older cities, Buda, Pest and Obuda. The city’s chequered history is evident from its areas of fading beauty, but recent gentrification has proved Budapest’s will to survive. Peppered with centuries of architecture, from the 13th century Buda Castle to the impressive 19th century parliament buildings, today, Budapest has a reputation as a youthful centre of European culture. Equally delightful in summer months and beneath blankets of winter snow, Budapest offers suitable activities whatever the time of year.
Castle District — The clanging bells of the Gothic Revival St. Matthias Church echo through the cobbled streets of Budapest’s heritage heart. At its centre is the staggering 13th century Royal Palace, Buda Castle. This has survived countless wars and conflicts over the years to stand proudly as one of Budapest’s most iconic buildings.
Belvaros — Fancy a spot of shopping? The historic buildings in Budapest’s commercial centre house a combination of great souvenir shops and high-end stores. If you’re looking for something more exclusive, you’ll also discover plenty of quirky boutiques and markets concealed in the district’s winding side streets.
Erzsebetvaros — Elizabeth Town fell into disrepair during the Second World War. After a programme of gentrification in the mid-2000s, the area is now known for its rocking nightlife and for being the coolest hipster hangout in Budapest. If you like your drinks served in jam jars, you know where to come!
Ferencvaros — Ferencvaros is the unquestioned food and theatre hub of Budapest. Dine out in one of its 50 plus restaurants, cafes or bustling eateries, before heading to the National Theatre or another of the district’s performance venues to sample this area’s fusion of urban and classical arts.
With so much to see, it never hurts to consider some support. Whether that means hiring a city bike to get around, or heading across the city’s iconic chain bridge for a Buda Castle coffee and pastry walking tour, there are multiple possibilities. For a once in a lifetime photo opportunity, don’t miss the Hungarian Parliament, Hungary’s largest building. This magnificent blend of Gothic and Renaissance Revival styles sits proudly in Lajos Kossuth Square on the pretty waters of the Danube.
If you weary of cafe culture and historic marvels there is always the upbeat nightlife and you’ll find no end of trendy bars. For a more conventional Hungarian experience, why not book a three-course dinner at a Hungarian Folklore Show? You’ll be whisked off to a central city restaurant to dine surrounded by dancers and musicians in vibrant traditional costume. Then there’s no better, or romantic, way to explore this city than with a Danube River Cruise – whether love is in the air or not, you will soon fall for the beautiful Budapest.