Explore this remarkable city with one of our many Budapest city breaks and visit the scintillating scenery and architecture on offer. Budapest is a unique city, famous for its spas, countless historical monuments and excellent Hungarian cuisine. Meet some of the locals in one of the typical coffee houses and enjoy the town's charming atmosphere.
Budapest is not only the capital of Hungary but also the country's cultural centre of music and art. With its rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage, Budapest has managed to maintain its magic and charm. Unwind and relax in one of the many thermal bath complexes in the city, served by over a hundred natural thermal springs.
A Budapest city break is the best way to take advantage of the parks and museums, packed with attractions and entertainment options. Popular for its cosmopolitan nightlife, the food and drink is delightful and cheaply priced; attracting many visitors and party goers to its many bars and clubs. Danube river tours are also popular and offer a unique way to take in the surrounding scenery, often beginning with one of our Bratislava City Breaks, before venturing downriver towards Budapest.
Offering over 150 discounts on restaurants, spas, exhibitions and more, the Budapest Card also includes free access to public transport. Valid for either 48 or 72 hours, prices start from £28pp (48hr). Don't forget to add the Budapest Card to your booking!
24 hours in Budapest
Take breakfast at the romantic Gerloczy Kavehaz Café, offering a 'taste of Paris' in Budapest. Then, Castle Hill in Buda is a great way to spend a morning discovering Buda Castle which houses three large museums including the fascinating Hungarian National Gallery. Matthias Church and its Rococo spire is one of the best known landmarks in the city. A visit to the Fisherman's Bastion, which offers great views over the city, is a must - why not lunch in the restaurant here which offers traditional Hungarian cuisine? Then, take the funicular railway down to Chain Bridge for more great views.
Spend the afternoon in one of the many thermal baths on offer in the city. The Széchenyi Baths are ideal and feature 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools. If you would prefer a more active afternoon, you could indulge in a spot of shopping at the Váci Utca - a mecca for fashion, souvenirs and window shopping. To round off your day, a dinner cruise on the Danube lets you enjoy the full impact of Budapest's stunning illuminated buildings at night.
For a cost-effective sightseeing tour of all the best attractions, purchase a single ticket for Tram No.2!
Places to see
Margaret Island: Situated in the middle of the River Danube, the island is the perfect location for picnics and sunbathing. It provides a peaceful hideaway with large gardens and flowery fields - look out for the 'musical fountain'.
St. Stephen's Basilica: This Roman Catholic basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified right hand is housed in the reliquary.
Fisherman's Bastion: A mock bastion, built during the 19th Century, featuring pointed towers and turrets. It also offers some great views of the city.
Gödöllö Castle: 32km north-east of Budapest is a beautifully restored Royal Palace and was the favourite residence of the former Habsburg Queen Elisabeth.
Things to do
Hop on Hop off tour: Experience the delights of Budapest on this guided hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Take in some of the city's main sites like the Parliament, Museum of Ethnography, Heroes' Square, Museum of Fine Arts, Vajadahunyad Castle, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Royal Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, Hungarian National Gallery and the Citadel. Prices start at £18pp.
Half-day city tour: Pass by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube over the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Here you will have some free time to yourself to visit the Fishermen's Bastion and the Mathias Church. Your tour will continue to the Gillert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge from where you will drive towards the Heroes' Square. Passing by the Opera and St Stephen's Basilica you reach the Hotel Intercontinental where your tour ends. Prices start at £25pp - includes local tour guide.
Buda Castle: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site with many interesting attractions, museums, restaurants and shops.
Did you know?
There are many caves and cellars in Budapest and some are open to the public. The Castle cave was used as a battle station and a storage facility during World War 2.