Budapest

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Szechenyi Chain Bridge which includes night scenes, a city and a bridge

This Eastern European capital city offers beautiful views, interesting buildings from the 1896 celebration of Hungary’s millennium and plenty of history.

The capital of Hungary, Budapest is two cities in one: older Buda on the west and Pest on the east. They are separated by the Danube River, sometimes flowing gently and other times rushing violently. Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, has been declared an internationally protected World Heritage Site, recognizing the city as one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes.

The city traces its history to Roman times. See this past on the Buda side at Aquincum, an excavated ancient Roman settlement in the Óbuda district, slightly north of the city center. Buda Castle Quarter lies at the heart of the city. Here you can see the Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom), with its colorful exterior. Buda Castle (Budai var), high on a western hill overlooking the city, lights up at night as the most recognizable part of Budapest’s skyline.

Just a few minutes away on Gellért Hill is another towering structure, the Citadella, which has served as a fortress during several struggles within the city. The Liberty Statue (Szabadság-szobor), also on Gellért Hill, was installed as a celebration of Hungary’s liberation from Nazi occupation during World War II.

Explore the interesting sights near City Park (Varosliget) on the eastern side of the city. Heroes’ Square (Hosok Tere) honors the city’s founders and defenders. Nearby is the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), while alongside a lake inside the park is the romantic looking Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára).

For other cultural attractions, visit the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum), the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) and the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház) on the Pest side. Budapest has been the home of a number of famous sculptors, writers and composers.

Budapest is easy to get around by car or on foot. The western Buda side is hilly, while eastern Pest is flat. The city also has many public transportation options. The subway system, one of Europe’s earliest, is still functional more than 100 years after its construction. There are also numerous bus tours, Danube boat tours, and even bicycle and Segway rentals or tours.

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Where to stay in Budapest

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
4 out of 5
Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest
The price is ¥9,049 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Inner City Budapest, this hotel is steps from Paloma and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian National Museum and Eotvos Lorand University are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,009 reviews)
"Excellent location the the centre of the city with lots of dining choices nearby. A neo-classic hotel that is quiet and romantic."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Continental Hotel Budapest
Continental Hotel Budapest
4.5 out of 5
Dohany Utca 42-44, Budapest
The price is ¥11,203 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 9
Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of E-Exit Escape Games, Dohany Street Synagogue, and Kiraly Street. Paloma and Funlock ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,453 reviews)
"The hotel was just fine for two nights."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Continental Hotel Budapest
Anantara New York Palace Budapest
Anantara New York Palace Budapest
5 out of 5
Erzsebet Korut 9-11, Budapest
The price is ¥18,449 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of E-Exit Escape Games and Erkel Theatre. Dohany Street Synagogue and Hunyadi Ter are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Loved the consistently fantastic, welcoming, and personal service -- even for just 1 night that we stayed!"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Anantara New York Palace Budapest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Amber Gardenview Studios
Amber Gardenview Studios
3 out of 5
Veres Palne utca 26, Ground Floor, Budapest, Pest
The price is ¥4,613 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Inner City Budapest, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Eotvos Lorand University, Great Market Hall, and Ferenciek Square. Elisabeth ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (515 reviews)
"I had no disturbances at all. The area was quite calm and serene. The room was well maintained and clean. I'd love to visit again"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Amber Gardenview Studios
7seasons Apartments Budapest
7seasons Apartments Budapest
4 out of 5
Király utca 8, Budapest
Located in Terezvaros, this boutique aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Stephen's Basilica and Hungarian State Opera House. Szechenyi Chain Bridge ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,039 reviews)
"The apartment was a middle of the city and it was lovely and very quiet."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

7seasons Apartments Budapest
City penthouse with unique view over the Danube and the mountains of Budapest
City penthouse with unique view over the Danube and the mountains of Budapest
Budapest, Pest County
The price is ¥19,804 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
This family-friendly Budapest apartment building is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Parliament Building and Museum of Ethnography. Margaret ...
5/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
Amazing views! Beautiful apt.
"Vincent and his team were awesome. The apartment was better than the photos! We couldn’t haven’t asked for anymore! We will be back for sure."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

City penthouse with unique view over the Danube and the mountains of Budapest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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