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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 $23 per night

This weekend

From $131 per night

Next weekend

From $108 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.04
Language Hungarian
Average weekend price $76 per night
Average weekday price $82 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Budapest a beautiful city on the Danube river.

May 15, 2022

Budapest a beautiful city on the Danube river. Very good public transport, Bus 100 from airport brings you into city centre. Busses, trams and underground enable you to travel easily around city. good selection of restaurants.

Margaret
Margaret Ireland
8.0

In our opinion, waiters in the restaurants and generally...

May 13, 2022

In our opinion, waiters in the restaurants and generally people providing services, could be much more pleasent and kind. We experienced few situations in which their behaviour was quite rude. Food was very delicious.

Anonymous Serbia
10

We went to two ocal football matches at Kispest Honved and...

May 13, 2022

We went to two ocal football matches at Kispest Honved and Vasas where it was very friendly drinking in local bars . Transport was brilliant and cheap trams buses suburban trains and cheap . Food was very good , trying several restaurants , try goulash soup . Felt very safe on streets , visited Buda castle very interesting and a great view of the city . The Central Market is very interesting with loads of local favourites . The New York cafe is a grand coffeee house , well worth a visit.

Brian
Brian United Kingdom
10

Budapest is a beautiful city full of old world charm and...

May 13, 2022

Budapest is a beautiful city full of old world charm and modern conveniences. I personally think it is underrated as a tourist location, but living nearby, I actually prefer this. Budapest does not have the crowds of many other more "popular" European cities. The public transportation system is great. There is no need for a taxi, even from the airport. There is food, shopping, sightseeing, night life, and a lot of history to explore. Bring your walking shoes and expect a good stay. Budapest can provide a slow relaxing stay, strolling along Margret Island, or visiting a thermal bath, or the busy life of tourism going from historical sight to historical sight, with beautiful views around every corner.

Lynette
Lynette Hungary
2.0

Miniature dimensions of the apartment.

May 13, 2022

Miniature dimensions of the apartment. Terribly noisy environment, busy 6-lane road under the windows, poorly fitted leaky windows. Unbearable noise 24 hours a day. Entrance areas to the apartments very dirty, broken. Unpleasant accommodation.

Korbačik
Korbačik Slovakia
10

A very beautiful city with a good transport system.

May 11, 2022

A very beautiful city with a good transport system. Good place for photographers, particularly in the evening when the street lights are coming on. Lots of cafes and restaurants and my favourite was Mazel Tov, a Jewish restaurant. My partner who is Hungarian, said their food was the best he had during our stay. Many historic places to visit, and we went to a lovely organ recital in Saint Stephen’s Basilica. And don’t forget to walk across the bridges, a lovely way to sightsee. I think the only thing I would avoid is eating too many delicious cakes and pastries!

Judith
Judith United Kingdom

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