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Budapest City Breaks

Two cities for the price of one, Budapest is a melting pot of European cultures and history, with stunning architecture and fascinating sites - including the panoramic northern bank of the Danube which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Insider's Tip

Travel to Budapest before 7th April to experience the Budapest Spring Festival, the city’s most prestigious arts festival. With events planned from opera and classical concerts to jazz, it is a great time to explore a city coming to life after the winter.

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Must See

 

must see in budapest

Castle Hill Take a funicular to the top of Castle Hill for views of the city, the Turul Statue, the Royal Palace and a selection of museums and churches. 

The Royal Palace Dominating the Buda skyline, the palace was built during the 18th and 19th centuries and now contains the excellent Hungarian National Gallery.

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Must Do

must do in budapest

Take a cruise along the River Danube - by day or by night - for the most wonderful views of the city.

118 thermal springs serve the city centre - you can enjoy the warm water at the Keraly Thermal Baths or the Rudas Medicinal Baths.

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Food & Drink

food and drink in budapest

If all you know of Hungarian food is goulash and dumplings, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised, as the chefs of Budapest are starting to spread their wings and develop a more modern cuisine, largely based on the food of the pre-communist Magyars. Classic ingredients to look out for include paprika, smoked bacon, sour cream and Hungarian noodles. You'll also find pheasant, wild boar, venison and hare, along with freshwater fish like carp, perch and catfish. Finish with a strudel pancake or curd-cheese balls called turogomboc. Hungarians are primarily beer drinkers, but you'll also find a selection of fine red wines and, of course, the legendary Tokaji dessert wine.

 

 


Shopping

shopping in budapest

Since the collapse of communism, the inhabitants if Budapest have made the most of their new-found freedom to shop, embracing western brands and the concept of the shopping mall. The West End Mall, near Nyugati Station, is a mecca for high street fashion, but you may be able to search out up-and-coming Hungarian designers.



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Excursions

excursions in budapest

City Tour

This coach and walking tour covers over 1000 years of the city's history while stopping at all the major sites. Walk around the Castle District visiting the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, followed by driving to see the attractions of Pest and to view the city from Gellert Hill.

Departs: daily. Duration: 3 hours.
Adults from £21.

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