Budapest at a glance
A truly majestic city, Budapest offers a distinctive old world charm with historic architecture and treasure filled museums. Its scenic setting on both sides of the Danube gives it a unique character with plenty to see, from the staterooms and galleries of the Royal Palace to the colour and exotic smells of the bustling Central Market Hall.
Nicknamed the ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest’s stunning architecture and war scared remnants give a tangible sense of the city’s past. With an eclectic mix of baroque, neoclassical, and art nouveau styles at every turn, it’s easy to feel as if the city itself is a museum.
Budapest can be viewed as three separate parts – Buda, Castle Hill and Pest, with each area having its own personality and sites. The oldest part of the city is contained within Castle Hill, on Buda’s west side of the Danube, while the more modern Pest area to the west of the river is popular for its shopping and nightlife.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Stunning architecture
- Art and culture
- Weekend short break
Budapest has one of the oldest metro lines in Europe. Both the metro and tram lines stop at the major sights and attractions of the city. There is also an extensive bus and trolley service.
The popular pedestrianized street of Váci Utca is a shopping hub packed full of souvenir shops and elite Euro-fashion chains, while the Castle district is popular for higher end art boutiques and galleries.
Folk art is popular in Budapest. Items such as embroidered tablecloths, wooden dolls, painted plates and famous Hungarian Herend porcelain can be found throughout the city.
Osprey Holidays top tips
Splash out and enjoy dinner at Hungary's most famous restaurant Gundel near City Park. The cuisine is superb and the palatial surroundings and attentive service take your breath away!
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Budapest designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Budapest hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 1,690,109 Languages Hungarian Currency Hungarian Forint Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
(monthly highs °C)
- Interesting facts
For a great stress-reliever, visit either the Rudas or the Szechenyi Baths with their rejuvenating thermal springs.
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- Distance from airports
Ferenc Liszt 16 km
- Railway stations