The capital of Hungary, Budapest is a worthy addition to any European traveller’s bucket list. With over 20 million tourists visiting each year, this charming destination is really two cities in one – historic Buda on the Danube’s west bank, modern Pest on the east. Start your day on Castle Hill, taking in the incredible views from Fisherman's Bastion, the art of the National Gallery and the beautiful Royal Palace. Cross from Buda to Pest via the picturesque Chain Bridge, then make your way to see the neogothic splendor of the Parliament Building, the towering dome of St. Stephen's Basilica and the poignant Great Synagogue and Jewish Museum. If all that sightseeing has you beat, relax and unwind in a famous Budapest public bath, the most popular of which is Gellért. By now you’ll have worked up a healthy appetite, so refuel with a hearty bowl of paprika (paprika stew) or gulyas (goulash), often served with a side of nokedli, or dumplings. If you choose self-catering Budapest accommodation, you can also take advantage of the city’s fabulous food markets, including the Great Market Hall, otherwise known as Central Market Hall. Located at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge, stocking up on gourmet delights from the Great Market Hall will mean you not only save money on dining out, but get to experience a true taste of local Budapest life.
When to go to Budapest
One of the sunniest cities in Europe, Budapest enjoys a surprisingly high number of sunshine hours each year. As such, it’s a great year round holiday destination, although April to September are probably your best bet. Don’t discount a trip to Budapest in winter, though, which means the added delights of the city’s beautiful Christmas Market.
Getting to and around Budapest
Most tourists arrive in Budapest via flights to Ferihegy International Airport. Once in Budapest, the public transport options are excellent, although much of the city can also be explored on foot.
Where to stay in Budapest
When choosing accommodation in Budapest, apartments are an authentic, cost effective alternative to more expensive hotels. HouseTrip offers a number of quality self catering Budapest accommodation options, easily booked in as few as six clicks. From compact, affordable studios great for couples to large apartments ideal for families and groups of friends, you’re sure to find your perfect Budapest accommodation with HouseTrip.