Budapest has a splendid panorama. Unrivaled in the entire Europe.
There's so much you can do when you're in the Hungarian capital: enjoy the spas, take a stroll down the elegant center, attend cultural events and shows, perhaps even embark on a ship for a Danube cruise. visit the primary architectural attractions one-by-one.
Population: 1.741.041 (in 2011) in City
Local language(s): Hungarian
Other widely spoken or understood languages: German
Country, State: Hungary, Budapest
Voltage info: 230 V, 50 Hz - Plug type: C, F
Time zine: CET (UTC+1)
Getting There & Away
Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International Airport receives a large number of inbound European and some intercontinental flights.
Since Hungarian flag carrier Malév went bankrupt, another local airline - low cost carrier Wizz Air has taken over many of the routes.
You'll find a vast amount of cheap possibilities to fly in to Budapest.
Hungary has an extended network of modern highways, which are some of the best in Europe. And, most of the country is flat, so driving or traveling by bus across Hungary is doable easily.
By road/highway, it's popular to arrive in or depart towards Vienna or Zagreb. Vienna is just about 130 km away from Budapest.
It's a relatively good way to arrive in to Budapest and it's cheap as well. Keleti, Déli and Nyugati are the main train stations and there are several other ones as well - less important to international travelers.
Danube cruise trips and ship trips to- and from Vienna are highly popular.
See & Do
Impressive neo-gothic building on the Danube's bank. Staggering sights await you inside, if you get to be among the lucky visitors - nowadays visiting is quite limited. If you get the chance of visiting the interior, you will be able to see the Sacred Crown (about 1,000 years-old Hungarian crown) and admire the gold-plated interiors.
The Buda Fortress and Royal Palace
Behind the walls on Castle Hill is the Royal Palace and a variety of other attractions, like the approximately 800 years-old Nagyboldogasszony Temploma and the Fishermen's Bastion (presented below).
Halászbástya (Fishermen's Bastion)
No, it's not a fortification, it's rather a work of art by architect Schulek Frigyes. It was constructed mainly towards the end of the 19th century, having been completed in 1902.
An old street rich in classical architecture. Unfortunately many of the buildings are worn-down, others have been destroyed during conflicts in the mid-20th century.
Even so, Andrássy Street still retains much of old Budapest's elegance and style. Luxury shops, the Opera are found on this street.
And interesting attraction is the yellow metro line (line 1) - the oldest subway line on continental Europe and the 2nd oldest in the World runs under this street.
The Bridges of Budapest
The bridges running across the Danube are among the top attractions of Budapest. The Chain Bridge, the Margit Bridge, Freedom (Szabadság) Bridge are the oldest and still retain their old design. Unfortunately the Erzsébet (Elisabeth) Bridge has been destroyed in World War 2 and a new white bridge has replaced it on the same location - this is the white bridge linking Pest with Buda. The name Elisabeth comes from Pricess Elizabeth (or Sissi), who was Queen of Hungary and Empress of Austria during the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy times.
Hősök Tere (Heroes' Square)
Commemorative monument dedicated to the heroes of Hungary's history. On top of the high obelisk is Hungaria - Godess of Hungary.
The Spas, Thermal Baths of Budapest
Budapest has more spas, thermal baths than any other European city. Explore, even if you don't take a bath - enjoy the architecture of the old buildings.
235 m (771 ft) high hill on the right side of River Danube. Perhaps the best viewpoint to get a glimpse of Budapest's panorama from.
The main shopping district in central Budapest. Elegant streets and shops, luxury hotels, fine places to eat at and interesting architecture...
Eat & Drink
Explore the city to discover Hungarian specialties. Hungarian cuisine is one of its kind and there's a vast number of
Budapest's bus system, tram system, funicular, metro network and suburban railway network will help you get around.
Otherwise, Budapest is a huge city of 525 sqkm, even if its central area only has 1,7 million inhabitants. The transportation system is rather old and run-down. It will take ages to get into the city center from peripheral areas.
When to Visit Budapest at Last Minute?
Peak season with the highest prices is the June-August period with the vast majority of travelers arriving in August. August 20th is Hungary's national day and the Formula 1 Hungarian GP is also held in the same month - as many other festivals, cultural events alike. So, from the price's point-of-view, August is the worst time to visit Budapest (most expensive month).
We recommend you the April-June and later on, the month of September for visiting. Prices are lowest. But September tends to become colder towards the end and showers occur frequently.
April is slightly cool, but may be warm is you're locky. May is warm and June can be hot.
For the best weather - lowest possible price ratio, focus on May!
Pickpocketing, theft occur frequently in run-down areas (especially around Keleti Railway Station, as well as in and around more deserted streets). Otherwise, Budapest is among the safest capitals in Europe.
Beware of swindles, frauds and "additional taxes" (that some companies or taxi drivers will try to charge you). These practices are wide-spread in Budapest and target naive foreigners especially.
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