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This Eastern European capital city offers beautiful views, interesting buildings from the 1896 celebration of Hungary’s millennium and plenty of history.

The capital of Hungary, Budapest is two cities in one: older Buda on the west and Pest on the east. They are separated by the Danube River, sometimes flowing gently and other times rushing violently. Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, has been declared an internationally protected World Heritage Site, recognizing the city as one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes.

The city traces its history to Roman times. See this past on the Buda side at Aquincum, an excavated ancient Roman settlement in the Óbuda district, slightly north of the city center. Buda Castle Quarter lies at the heart of the city. Here you can see the Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom), with its colorful exterior. Buda Castle (Budai var), high on a western hill overlooking the city, lights up at night as the most recognizable part of Budapest’s skyline.

Just a few minutes away on Gellért Hill is another towering structure, the Citadella, which has served as a fortress during several struggles within the city. The Liberty Statue (Szabadság-szobor), also on Gellért Hill, was installed as a celebration of Hungary’s liberation from Nazi occupation during World War II.

Explore the interesting sights near City Park (Varosliget) on the eastern side of the city. Heroes’ Square (Hosok Tere) honors the city’s founders and defenders. Nearby is the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), while alongside a lake inside the park is the romantic looking Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára).

For other cultural attractions, visit the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum), the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) and the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház) on the Pest side. Budapest has been the home of a number of famous sculptors, writers and composers.

Budapest is easy to get around by car or on foot. The western Buda side is hilly, while eastern Pest is flat. The city also has many public transportation options. The subway system, one of Europe’s earliest, is still functional more than 100 years after its construction. There are also numerous bus tours, Danube boat tours, and even bicycle and Segway rentals or tours.

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Where to stay in Budapest

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Inner City Budapest

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,149 area reviews)

Inner City Budapest is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge. See more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Bajcsy-Zsilinszky Street Station.

Inner City Budapest
Erzsebetvaros, Budapest, Pest County, Hungary

Erzsebetvaros

4/5Very Good!(461 area reviews)

Travelers love Erzsebetvaros for its luxurious spas, and you can see more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Keleti Station or Deak Ferenc ter Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Dohany Street Synagogue and Kiraly Street.

Erzsebetvaros
Hungarian State Opera House showing a statue or sculpture

Terezvaros

4.5/5Wonderful!(266 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Hungarian State Opera House while getting to know Terezvaros, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Vorosmarty Street Station or Kodaly Circus Station to see more of the area.

Terezvaros
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Castle Hill

4.5/5Wonderful!(156 area reviews)

Travelers love Castle Hill for its stunning river views, and you can see more of Budapest City Centre by jumping on the metro at Batthyany Place Station or Szell Kalman Square Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Fisherman's Bastion and Buda Castle.

Castle Hill
St. Stephen\'s Basilica which includes a river or creek, a church or cathedral and a bridge

Belváros - Lipótváros

Known for its fantastic nightlife and stunning river views, there's plenty to explore in Belváros - Lipótváros. Check out top attractions like St. Stephen's Basilica and Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and jump on the metro at Vorosmarty Square Station or Kossuth Lajos ter Station to see more of the city.

Belváros - Lipótváros
Hungarian National Museum which includes interior views

Jozsefvaros

4.5/5Wonderful!(240 area reviews)

Arena Plaza Shopping Mall and Corvin Plaza are top sights in Jozsefvaros, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Nepszinhaz utca Station or Klinikak Station to see more sights in the area.

Jozsefvaros

Top Hotels in Budapest

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Bliss Hotel And Wellness
4 out of 5
Ó utca 43-49, Budapest
The price is $62 per night

Located in Terezvaros, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament ...

4.1/5Very Good! (339 reviews)
Mark

"Accommodation was great, and hotel facilities excellent. Location of the hotel Was very central. Staff all very pleasant and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Iberostar Grand Budapest
Iberostar Grand Budapest
5 out of 5
Oktober 6. utca 26, Budapest
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $154 per night

Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Square and St. Stephen's Basilica. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"Room was amazing, very spacious and luxurious. Staff were super friendly and extra accommodating for my birthday. Facilities were very nice, definitely worth getting the breakfast. Perfect location for getting around."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Iberostar Grand Budapest
New York Residence
New York Residence
5 out of 5
Osvat utca 2-8, Budapest
The price is $124 per night

Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blaha Lujza Square and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian State Opera House and Vaci ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"Loved the room, location, food, piano bar, shopping in the area. However more deep cleaning needs to be done, espetially with international travellers : need Purrell at restaurant entrance and cleaning of tables with Clorox."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

New York Residence

Getting around Budapest

You are likely to do a lot of walking on your visit to Budapest, as this is by far the most pleasant way to experience the historic neighborhoods and the downtown area. However, there is plenty of public transportation to help you get between the different areas of the city. Take advantage of the Metro network, step aboard one of the pretty yellow streetcars, or travel by bus or by trolley bus. Visit the The National Transportation Authority website.Browse Budapest rental cars.

Best time to visit

Budapest is a popular tourist destination, and deservedly so, but that reputation brings one serious disadvantage: crowds. To see this beautiful city at its most impressive, aim to visit in spring or fall, avoiding the tourist surge of May through August. Pack for moderate daytime temperatures of between 60 F (15 C) and around 80 F (26 C), with cooler evenings that call for a warm sweater or jacket.

Popular places to visit in Budapest

Parliament Building
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Parliament Building

5/5(911 reviews)

Gaze at the grand building of the democratic government of the people of Hungary and enjoy its reflection in the Danube River.

Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool
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Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool

4.5/5(324 reviews)

Soothe your aching joints in Budapest’s famous mineral hot springs housed in an impressive building where you can also enjoy a range of spa treatments.

Szechenyi Chain Bridge
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Szechenyi Chain Bridge

4.5/5(1,001 reviews)

Learn about the intriguing history and construction of the city’s most famous bridge, which offers interesting views along the River Danube.

Buda Castle
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Buda Castle

4.5/5(905 reviews)

One of the highlights of the Budapest skyline, this palatial structure also offers interesting galleries and museums.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath
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Szechenyi Thermal Bath

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Relish the remarkable experience of a bath party and relax in one of the 18 pools of Budapest’s famous hot spring water.

St. Stephen's Basilica
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St. Stephen's Basilica

4.5/5(973 reviews)

Ride an elevator to the dome of this large church to admire the panoramic views across Budapest and the Danube.

Top things to do in Budapest

Danube Bend Day Trip with Lunch
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Danube Bend Day Trip with Lunch

$76
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$19
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$31
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Danube Sightseeing River Cruise with Optional Margaret Island Visit
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Danube Sightseeing River Cruise with Optional Margaret Island Visit

$15
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Danube Sightseeing Evening River Cruise - 'Danube Legend'
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Danube Sightseeing Evening River Cruise - 'Danube Legend'

$22
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Buda Castle Walking Tour - 3 hours
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Buda Castle Walking Tour - 3 hours

$104
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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