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Budapest
Travel Guide

Szechenyi Chain Bridge which includes night scenes, a city and a bridge

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

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
4 out of 5
Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
The price is $67 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is steps from Paloma and Dohany Street Synagogue. Vaci Street and Hungarian National Museum are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,217 reviews)
"Our stay was impacted by the corona virus. However the hotel manager was kind and excellent at his job."

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

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Corinthia Budapest
Corinthia Budapest
5 out of 5
Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
The price is $161 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
This family-friendly Budapest hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Kiraly Street, Hungarian State Opera House, and House ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,180 reviews)
"Loved everything about this place. Nice, clean friendly, helpful, location, beautiful lobby and sitting areas. BEST PLACE TO STAY!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

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Iberostar Grand Budapest
Iberostar Grand Budapest
5 out of 5
Oktober 6. utca 26, Budapest
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The price is $178 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 17
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! (994 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
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Mohatetős Lombház
Mohatetős Lombház
2.5 out of 5
Fo utca 72/A, Urom
Situated in Urom, this apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Aquincum Museum and Ruin Garden, Parliament Building, and Szechenyi Thermal Bath. Heroes' ...
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Hobbit Ház
Hobbit Ház
2.5 out of 5
Fo Utca 72/B, Urom
Situated in Urom, this spa apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Aquincum Museum and Ruin Garden, Parliament Building, and Szechenyi Thermal Bath. Heroes' ...
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LupaCamping
LupaCamping
1 out of 5
2 Lupaszigeti u., Budakalasz
Situated in Budakalasz, this campground is within 9 mi (15 km) of Aquincum Museum and Ruin Garden, Aquaworld Budapest, and Parliament Building. Szechenyi Thermal ...
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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.

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