Sliced in two by Europe’s second longest river, Budapest is home to an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and art galleries. Watch the world go by from historic cafes, the former hangouts of artists, poets and philosophers, and explore unique boutiques and design stores. After a scenic riverside bike ride, enjoy a muscle-soothing soak in one of the city’s famous thermal baths. Or dig deeper, to discover a network of stalactite-covered caves.
Visiting the palace, parliament and churches should be top of any list of things to do in Budapest. By boat or bike, make sure you explore the lush banks of the mighty Danube. We’ve picked out our top recommendations for your Budapest bucket list, to help you plan your trip.
Budapest experiences a varied climate with warm summers and very cold and snowy winters.
Fly to: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, around 16km southeast of central Budapest.
Alternative transport: Once you’ve crossed the English Channel by Eurostar, mainland Europe is well connected by rail.