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

H2 Hotel Budapest
H2 Hotel Budapest
3.5 out of 5
Sas u.24., Budapest, 1051
The price is ¥10,854 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Budapest. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Szechenyi Thermal Bath and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (380 reviews)
Great base for a few days in Budapest!
"Great hotel, perfect base for a few days in the city sightseeing. Comfortable, modern room and the breakfast included was an added bonus."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

H2 Hotel Budapest
Prestige Hotel Budapest
Prestige Hotel Budapest
4 out of 5
Vigyázó Ferenc utca 5, Budapest, 1051
The price is ¥18,165 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Budapest. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,002 reviews)
"This hotel was one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever stayed at. I absolutely loved this hotel. They were very accommodating. I loved the room. It was all very luxurious. I would stay here again"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Prestige Hotel Budapest
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
4 out of 5
Kossuth Lajos utca 19-21, Budapest, 1053
The price is ¥12,338 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Budapest. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
Surprisingly fresh and new
"Room was unexpectedly freshly updated, modern and nice, though a little small. Loved the old-style lobby - though the front entrance (main door) looked a bit run-down - the hotel room was much nicer than I would have thought from the front door. Only minor negative was the breakfast buffet which ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center
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.
SmartApart
SmartApart
58 Lehel u., Budapest, 1135
The price is ¥7,428 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this apartment in Budapest. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Szechenyi Thermal Bath and Heroes' Square are located nearby. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (7 reviews)
"Nice place, good location, it has parking and it’s very secure."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

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Loft Astoria
Loft Astoria
4 out of 5
Múzeum körút 1/b, Budapest, 1053
The price is ¥36,259 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Budapest. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (295 reviews)
"Nice view, could hear everything including the room next to us"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2021

Loft Astoria
Amber Gardenview Studios
Amber Gardenview Studios
3 out of 5
Veres Palne utca 26, Ground Floor, Budapest, Pest, 1053
The price is ¥11,143 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Budapest. Enjoy free WiFi, valet parking, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the overall value in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (561 reviews)
"The place is nice but had issues with reservations as they informed that they were unable to validate my card details though Visa confirmed it. I had to book again with split dates and paid more."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2022

Amber Gardenview Studios
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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