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It’s easy to see why people fall in love with Budapest. From the eclectic architecture and revitalizing thermal baths to the endless bowls of goulash and all-night “ruin bar” parties, this city always has something to do.

The 1640-foot wide Danube River splits the city into two parts – Buda and Pest. Take a boat tour to get an up-close view of all the landmarks lining the riverbanks, or just cross one of the 8 bridges for a more panoramic view. The Chain Bridge will take you to the grounds of Buda Castle, a huge baroque-style complex dating back to the 13th century. Walk or take the short funicular ride to the top of Castle Hill and check out historic monuments like the Hungarian Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica, a huge domed church that shimmers when lit up at night.

After all that walking, taking a dip in one of Budapest’s thermal baths is the perfect way to relax and recharge. Choose between Széchenyi Baths and Géllert Spa – both feature indoor and outdoor temperature-controlled pools and massage services.

No trip to the capital of Hungary would be complete without experiencing its exciting nightlife and amazing food. You can find all the best bars and restaurants in District VII— the city’s old Jewish Quarter—where the nightlife fun doesn't stop till dawn.

Tonight

From $20 per night

This weekend

From $43 per night

Next weekend

From $43 per night

Most popular time to visit June-August
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.21
Language Hungarian
Average weekend price $62 per night
Average weekday price $72 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

I transferred to Italy for two years and planned to visit...

April 17, 2017

I transferred to Italy for two years and planned to visit all the countries in Europe if I can, so a budget hotel with friends on a monthly basis is all we can afford. My friends and I were happy with the room we got, it was clean and spacious and it wasn't like other hostels I've been too. The hotel is in a great location close to everything and all the major site seeing places in Budapest. Below the hostel is an inexpensive exquisite gyro mom and eatery and a bakery if you're on a budget like me. My friends and I were very happy with our stay. In addition, great staff!

Lynette
Lynette United States of America
10

Do all the tourist places, if you like walking this is for...

February 14, 2017

Do all the tourist places, if you like walking this is for you, so much beautiful architecture, castles, cathedrals, synagogue. We did a spa day in the Gellert Hotel with Thai massage incredible after the 10 miles we walked the day before. The hotel Roombach is a great location with a little pedestrian street full of restaurants and bars near by. Great shopping street with all the high street shops. Very reasonable to eat and drink.

Martina Carroll
Martina Carroll Ireland
10

Budapest is the most beautiful capital of Europe.

November 30, 2016

Budapest is the most beautiful capital of Europe. Everybody should see it, in general very pretty city, spectacular traditionally built houses, some great examples of new waves of sleek architecture. Food is great everywhere and generally cheaper than you would expect for the quality. I prefer the spas in the summer and the Chrsitamas markets in the Winter. 'Langos' is a must try (we always go to Retro Bufe by Arany Janos Tube) for one, they are open for most of the day/night on most days especially summer. Best spa is Gellerth Spa. Best rooftop spa is Zara hotel. Best restaurant overall is Ket Szerecseny on Nagy mezo utca, and Studel House on Oktober 6 utca. Must see is the city lights from an evening cruise, New York Cafe in the Boscolo Hotel, and the Lotz room in the Parisien Cafe Andrassy ut 39.

Linda
Linda United Kingdom
10

Be mindful of district 5 which is the tourist areas.

October 30, 2016

Be mindful of district 5 which is the tourist areas. Everything is over pricedspecifically for tourist influx of money. Choose restaurants carefully. You will not receive traditional French, Italian or Spanish cuisines. All the great restaurants and pubs and bars and bistros are on the other side of the Danube and in the Jewish quarters district 7. amazing. good hotel I recommend for value would be King's Hotel. great apartments and apartment hotels on vaci Utica district 5 and fashion street. Bemindful of the Christmas market very very over priced and it s just me declaring this. you can ask them where are their shops located and patron their tt make purchases and dine for local prices.

BRANDEN
BRANDEN France
10

Going to Budapest was exciting, but the prospect was...

October 29, 2016

Going to Budapest was exciting, but the prospect was somewhat out of my comfort zone. I knew that the language was not related to other European languages, and that there were some places and things to be avoided. It took very little time for me to feel comfortable, though. The neighborhood near the Arcadia Hotel has most signs in English, as well as menus. This is a safe feeling area, and many interesting sights within easy walk. The food was startling good. The little places were great, and the two classy places suggested by the hotel would have earned critical acclaim in New York. The National Museum is spectacular. The Roman ruins and museum at Aquincum are also fantastic.

Max
Max United States of America
8.0

We enjoyed the great restaurants at Frank Liszt Square;

October 26, 2016

We enjoyed the great restaurants at Frank Liszt Square; also the sites at Heroes Square and the area around the castle. Lovely broad boulevards. Our hotel, Hotel Moments, was fabulous. Great breakfast buffet, rooms nicely appointed, very friendly and helpful staff, beautiful architecture, well situated on a lovely boulevard.

Frederick
Frederick Canada

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