Welcome to Budapest! – In partnership with Budapest Brand

Budapest is the pearl of the Danube. With her magnificent architecture, history-filled public squares and parks, centuries-old spa traditions, delicious food and a buzzing nightlife, Budapest is truly one of the most beautiful and exciting cities of the continent. Located in the heart of Europe, it is well-connected to other major cities and it is easy to reach by car, train, boat and planes. 


Her most unique natural wonder is the Danube river, which divides the city in two. Having a glimpse over the city from the hills located on the Buda side, one can truly admire the perfect blend of nature, history and modern city life. One of the most beautifully situated European capitals, it has historical monuments including ancient Roman amphitheaters, 400-year-old Turkish baths and a collection of uniquely Hungarian style Secessionist architecture. 


The city is a cultural hotspot. It has several UNESCO world heritage sites, more than 200 museums and galleries, 40 theaters, 90 cinemas, a grand opera house and many concert halls and entertainment venues. Take a dip in the thermal waters, walk around the grand boulevards or bike in the parks of the city. Enjoy local dishes at family-style restaurants or have a drink at an elegant rooftop bar or at a new-wave coffee shop. Explore the food markets selling local dishes and check out the eclectic ruined pub scene.


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Where to go in Budapest

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Our favorite neighborhoods in Budapest

Budapest is divided into 23 districts. No matter where you are in the city, you will come across great spots to explore. Some areas have become known for their street art and hip bars, while others are more classical with historical buildings. Here is a shortlist of our favorite Budapest neighborhoods:


Buda Castle 
Located on the top of the hill overlooking the Danube, the Castle District is a must for history buffs. Cobblestoned streets with horse carriages, historic buildings and churches, great museums and amazing viewpoints can be found here. 


The Jewish District 
It is one of the most lively and cool areas of the city that has a lot of history. Many synagogues and Jewish institutions are located here, including one of the world’s largest temples. Enjoy hip spots, cool restaurants, amazing street art. It is also home to many of the city’s famous ruined bars. 


City Park 
A grand park with a lot of entertainment and outdoor venues. Go for a walk in this green oasis. Enjoy a picnic, the zoo or relax at one of the largest thermal baths in Europe. Check out the historical castle or explore contemporary buildings, including the House of Music and the new Ethnographical Museum. Take a pedal boat on the lake in the summer or ice skate during the winter. 


The Palace District 
Located in downtown Pest, you’ll find wonderful palaces that house cultural institutions, libraries and university faculties. The district was the home of artists, musicians, writers and bohemians. You’ll find hip bars and grand cafés that were the second home to many famous figures of Hungarian literature. District 8 has been traditionally home to Roma musicians and has a great cultural vitality. The opening of new apartment buildings and shopping centers show the transformation of this district.    


Bartók Boulevard
This up and coming area along the river on the Buda side has a lot of cute cafés, restaurants and art galleries. Located in the 11th district of the city, the area is nestled between the grand Gellert bath and a “bottomless” lake.  Climb to the top of Gellert hill for a sunrise hike and enjoy wonderful views over the city.


Situated close to the river on the Pest side, the area in district 13 is also nicknamed little Tel Aviv. It offers great coffee shops, family-run bakeries and restaurants, ice cream parlors and one-of-a-kind stores that sell books, delicatessens and vintage gifts. The area has some fine Bauhaus buildings and locals are often seen walking their dogs in the nearby park.    


Old Buda 
Óbuda, as the locals call it, is located in district 3 in the northern part of Buda. It may be a bit away from the main touristic areas, but it’s worth checking out for the Roman Empire’s cultural heritage. Besides the ancient rocks and the military amphitheater, you will find a cobbled Mediterranean-style main square with exciting museums. The former gasworks area is being transformed to a new culture hub. There are public lidos and pools and you can also dip your toes in the river at the small islands that have great spots to enjoy a sunset drink. Sziget music festival is taking place at one of these islands during the summer. 


Margaret island
Located between Buda and Pest, this green island is the breathing lungs of the city. No cars are allowed here besides public transport buses. The island is a favorite spot in all seasons for jogging and biking. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool, an outdoor lido and thermal bath. The musical fountain and the petting zoo mostly attract families. You can get to the island by boat and also rent a bike. 

Budapest – Good to Know Before You Go

Budapest is a city of four seasons. Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant times for exploring. Summers are pretty warm and it is a great time to enjoy the outdoor pools and parks of the city and the many festivals. Winters bring a magical vibe and although there is not much snow nowadays, the weather can get quite cold. Bring layers. 


What to pack – pack according to the seasons. If you are planning to visit the thermal baths, bring swimwear. Don’t forget a power bank to recharge your phone on the go as there will be a lot of amazing photo opportunities you do not want to miss. 


Budapest Card – See more and save more with the official city pass. It gives you 40+ free services including unlimited travel on public transportation, entry to 20+ museums and attractions, a thermal bath entrance, free sightseeing walking tours, a river cruise, airport transfer, a free kürtőskalács (chimney cake), cave tour entry, chairlift and discounts to restaurants and other attractions. Buy it here.


Official Tourist Information – Check the official tourism website for more information. Visit the Budapest InfoPoint in the city center for maps and local tips and to pick up your Budapest Card.


Thermal Bath Etiquette – Don’t forget to bring your swimsuit as the majority of bath houses require them. Bring your towels and flipflops. You may purchase them at the bath houses, but there are no rentals. At some of the historical bath houses, like Rudas Bath there are days when only men or women are allowed to enter the thermal area. You may be asked to change your swimsuit to a piece of cloth to cover up. Swimming pools for laps may require a swimming cap. Check their website.


Opening hours – Opening hours can vary, but most stores are open from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 until 18.00. Shopping malls are open until later. Banks are closed during the weekend.    

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Currency Hungarian Forint (HUF or Ft)
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Population 1.7 million
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Language Hungarian (English is widely spoken in Budapest)
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Outlets Type C – standard Euro plug, Type F (Schuko)
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Best time to visit Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
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Getting Around Extended public transport (bus, tram, metro)

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