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City Breaks Budapest

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.

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Budapest experiences a temperate climate with warm summers and very cold and snowy winters.

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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.

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.

Witnessing over 30 sieges during its colourful past, Castle Hill is one of the most interesting places to visit in Budapest. Explore pretty Mátyás Church and the Buda Royal Palace, and admire some of the best views of Pest, from the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Sitting at the southern end of Castle Hill, the majestic Buda Royal Palace will be one of the highlights of your city break in Budapest. Explore the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchenyi Library, which are housed beneath the distinctive green copper dome.

When deciding where to go in Budapest, don’t miss the world’s second largest parliament building. Look up to see the 23 spires – the highest reaching 96 metres – and snap a photo of its mirror image in the Danube below. An organised tour is the only way to see the lavish interiors.

Relax in hot, mineral-rich waters on your city break in Budapest. Whether you’ve come for a health boost, for fun, or to enjoy traditional Turkish or Roman surroundings, Budapest – known as the spa capital – has a range of thermal baths to suit your style of soaking. 

Hop aboard a river cruise to see the city and the surrounding lush, green banks of the Danube from a different perspective. Your list of essential places to visit in Budapest should include the picturesque Danube Bend. Take in the pretty surrounding towns and Margaret Island on your travels.

BUDAPEST IS BEST FOR...

Couples: Bring out your romantic side with a trip for two to one of the city’s luxury thermal baths.

Culture lovers: Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites, impressive museums and extensive art collections.

Cyclists: Set out on a bike ride, to explore the scenic cycle trails along the banks of the Danube.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Budapest is Hungarian

Currency: The currency used in Budapest is the Hungarian forint (Ft)

Local time: Budapest is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

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.

Flight time from UK: 2.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Budapest tourist information can be found at http://uk.gotohungary.com/ 

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Budapest.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: -1-21 (°C)

Visit Budapest’s historic attractions in the spring or autumn, when you can enjoy clear skies and mild weather in the mid-teens (°C). Summers are warm and bright, with average highs of 26 at the peak of the season, while winter temperatures can drop to as low as -2. Use the cold weather as your excuse to visit Budapest’s magnificent thermal baths. 


GETTING AROUND

Metro: The Budapest metro network links the city across four lines stopping by major train stations and connecting with the airport bus. Line M4’s trains are so high-tech they run without drivers!

Public transport boats: Navigate the Danube aboard a local passenger ferry – an effective way of keeping both banks connected.

Bus: With around 200 lines to choose from, there’s bound to be a bus service to take you where you want to go. 

Tram: Take in the scenic view as your tram trundles alongside the flowing Danube. 


EVENTS

Spring in your step: For 30 years the Budapest Spring Festival has topped Hungary’s list of cultural celebrations. Visit the city in April to enjoy classical music concerts, jazz nights, theatre performances and open-air concerts.

Art extravaganza: The Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, held in October, turns Budapest into a creative showcase. Expect a varied programme of performance art, design, literature and photography events.

Celebrate Sziget: Each August nearly 400,000 fans from over 70 countries descend on Sziget Island in the heart of Budapest. This line-up features a variety of live music, circus acts, theatre performances and exhibitions.


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