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Budapest holidays are like a scene from a fairytale. Known for its stunning architecture, historical sites, thermal spas and open-air cafes, this European city boasts a cool and cosmopolitan vibe. Discover the city’s rich architectural legacy in the majestic Hungarian Parliament Building or the gorgeous Buda Castle, home to a rich collection of Hungarian Art. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Szechenyi spa soaking up the summer sun and the warm waters of the natural thermal baths. Even better, cruise along the Danube, check out the cosmopolitan neighbourhoods and catch a drink or two at one of the several open-air cafes in the heart of the city.

 

Thanks to a calendar of cool festivals during the summer and the winter, Budapest holidays make for a great getaway all-year-round. However, the best months to visit Budapest are from March - May and September – November, when the weather is mild and the city is not too overcrowded. Holidays in Budapest are very affordable (with some of the cheapest alcoholic drink prices in Europe), plus our great-value all inclusive and last minute deals mean even more bang for your buck.

 

There are plenty of things to do in Budapest for families, but it’s also a happening destination for single travellers and the LGBT community, with a variety of gay-friendly bars, nightclubs and venues. The Budapest Pride and the Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival are some of the important events in the calendar.

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Sightseeing in Budapest

 

 

Sightseeing in Budapest

To soak up the city sights, take a cruise along the Danube. As you float down Europe’s second-longest river, you can enjoy panoramic views of hilly Buda and Pest, cruise past the grand Parliament building and admire the picturesque Margaret Island and the Rakoczi Bridge. When dusk falls, cruises get even more romantic. Enjoy a glass of wine, listen to traditional music and see the city’s pretty lights from the river.

Thermal Spas

 

Thermal Spas

Budapest’s famous thermal waters allow you the luxury of swimming outdoors, even if it’s snowing outside! There are dozens of locations to choose from such as Rudas, which offers panoramic views of the Danube from its rooftop pool, and Szechenyi, which happens to be the go-to venue for late-night pool parties. Settle in the saunas at Lukacs Bath or head to the historic 16th-century Kiraly Bath, constructed by the Ottoman Empire’s Pasha of Buda, where you can experience a traditional Turkish bathing experience. Enjoy the mineral-rich spring waters, steam rooms and spas at each of these unique venues.

 
Budapest for Kids

 

Budapest for Kids

If you’re travelling with family there’s plenty for youngsters, and the young at heart, to see and do. The Children’s Railway (Gyermekvasút) is a fun way to explore the Buda hills and is operated by children (under adult supervision, of course!). Its route takes you along the city’s scenic Normafa area, Janos Hill and to the Vadaspark zoo. Alternately, you can also make a splash and go surfing in Aquaworld or zoom down the slides and flumes. Monkey around at the city zoo or pack a picnic lunch and head straight to Anna-rét, which has fire pits for barbecues and a children’s playground.

 
Budapest Nightlife

 

Budapest Nightlife

Ruin pubs are all the rage in Budapest – these drinking haunts have sprung up in abandoned buildings and are now some of the coolest places to party in the city. Their mismatched furniture and artistic interiors have a cool, hipster appeal and are great for a lively night out. Find them in the city’s ruins in the Jewish quarters of District VII, Gozsdu Udvar and Madách Square. Swap the sophisticated cocktail bars for dilapidated buildings with intriguing interiors, interesting art work and international crowds. Szimpla Kert is one of the original ruin bars and hosts many local bands along with a farmer’s markets and flea markets. Durer Kert and Instant are also worth a visit. In the summer, try out retro garden bars and rooftop restaurants.

 
History and Culture

 

History and Culture

This stunning capital is not short of sights and has a healthy dose of historical, cultural and architectural delights to discover. Take an evening stroll along Chain Bridge for stunning views of the city and the Danube, explore the labyrinth of complex caves and cellars that lie underneath Castle Hill (which once served as a shelter and hospital during WWII) or head for Buda Castle's Hungarian National Gallery where you'll find centuries worth of art, gothic sculptures and medieval stonework. Take a chairlift to Janos Hill Lookout Tower, Budapest's highest point at 529 metres, for panoramic views of the city skyline.

 
Food and Drink

 

Food and Drink

Head to the city’s largest indoor market and try some traditional Hungarian cuisine. The 19th-century Central Market Hall houses a wide variety of food stalls selling fresh fish, meats, pastries, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and other local delicacies. Try Hungarian specialties while you're here including the famous Lángos (deep-fried flatbread with various toppings such as sour cream and shredded cheese), töltött káposzta (stuffed cabbage), Hortobágyi palacsinta (meat filled pancake) and plenty of pickled goods.

 
Shop Till You Drop!

 

Shop Till You Drop!

Hungary is a great place to pick up some unique buys. Check out one of Budapest's local markets, head for WAMP, the well-established design market that occupies Erzsébet Square during the summer months or hit Antique Row (located near the Parliament) for a string of shops and galleries selling antiques, folk art and souvenirs. Bargain like the locals at one of the city's popular flea markets such as Ecseri, where you can pick up clothes, traditional embroidered linen and antiques but if you're searching for more sophisticated shops, the city centre is home to luxury brands including Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

 
Explore Obuda

 

 

Explore Obuda

Obuda is the oldest district in Budapest and is world-famous for hosting one of Europe's largest music and culture festivals, Sziget Festival. This quaint town is quieter throughout the remainder of the year, but it’s worth visiting to see its well-preserved monuments, mansions, courtyards and baths. Potter through its colourful streets until you reach the main square of Fő tér where you'll find noteworthy bronze statues.

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