Budapest City Breaks
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.
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, with 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.
Did you know?
No building in Budapest is allowed to be taller than 96 metres. This number is said to be taken from the fact that the Magyars settled in the area in the year 896. Two buildings are exactly 96 metres – the parliament and the Szent Istvan Basilica – highlighting the equal importance of religion and politics.
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.
- Flight time from London: 2 hour 25 min
- Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport: 22km from the city centre; transfer time about 13 min
- Nearest railway station: Budapest Keleti railway station
- Currency: Hungarian Forint
After opening new department stores and many boutiques in the shopping streets during the last 20 years, Budapest is today known as a Mecca for shoppers.
The most popular shopping street in Budapest is separated by the Elizabeth Bridge. The northern part is a hit with tourists strolling along the numerous shops, whilst the southern part invites its visitors to relax in a historical atmosphere.
West End City Centre
The largest and most impressive of Budapest's shopping malls is situated between Nyugati tér and Lehel tér in Pest. It impresses with its design and more than 400 shops offering designer labels, jewellery, gifts and toys as well as a multiplex cinema.
No visit to Budapest will be complete without trying regional specialities like hearty soups, stews and delicious game dishes.
This restaurant spoils its guests with exclusive Hungarian dishes and wine from its own Champagne cellar.
Enjoy real Hungarian cuisine in the medieval setting of a 400-year-old gothic building. This restaurant is the perfect choice for a romantic dinner.
Sophisticated, authentic Hungarian food, served with elegance and tradition and accompanied by one of the most accomplished Gipsy bands in Budapest. This is Budapest's best-known restaurant.
Mostly homemade Hungarian style cuisine. This bistro fills up quickly so a reservation is recommended - don't forget to try their excellent cakes.
Castle Hill and the Castle District
Visit the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers great historical attractions, museums, charming crooked streets as well as cosy cafes and restaurants. Besides the monuments, visitors can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Danube with the Chain Bridge.
St. Stephen's Basilica
This Roman Catholic basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified fist is housed in the reliquary.
Situated in the middle of the River Danube, the island is the perfect location for picnics and sunbathing. Visitors will find large gardens, flowery fields and the largest open-air swimming complex in the town.
A mock bastion, built during the 19th Century, featuring pointed towers and turrets. It also offers some great views of the city.
Visit Buda Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many interesting attractions, museums, restaurants and shops.
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 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.
Built in 1909 in the present-day City Park, this is the largest spa in Europe, and possibly the nicest in Budapest. A vast bath complex amidst beautiful architecture, it contains three outdoor pools including a large lap pool, at least three sauna rooms, and several indoor pools at different temperatures.
This bath, located in an Art Nouveau building mellowed by age, has been open to visitors since 1918. The original Art Nouveau furniture, colourful mosaics, marble towers, stained-glass windows and statues are an artistic experience in their own right.
The bath complex is situated at a special venue, where the Gellért Hill and Tabán meet.
Budapest is famous for its vibrant and colourful nightlife. Visitors can enjoy atmospheric jazz bars, palatial dance clubs and cosy music lounges.
Jazz Garden: This Jazz club offers good music and delicious cuisine.
Cotton Club: In the heart of the city centre, the Cotton Club will bring you back to the 1920's of America.