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Acclaimed as the Paris of the East, Budapest lives up to its reputation by combining the vivid hills of Buda and the extensive avenues of Pest with the majestic and serene Danube flowing through its veins. Just with these features, Budapest city breaks unveils much more than imagined, making it a ravishing European getaway for many.
Though it was a base for Roman frontier, the city was not completely famous until 1873, when Pest, Obuda and Buda agreed to be united. Ever since, Budapest has been the political, cultural, commercial and intellectual hub of Hungary. The present, mind-blowing infrastructure does not display those moments when Budapest was afflicted and ravaged in the course of time. It went through destruction and was captured, but survived as the thriving capital of People's Republic of Hungary. It was in 1990, the Hungarian capital city went through drastic makeover and the changes are still lingering in the air. Throngs of restaurants, shops, malls, boutiques and bars opened their doors, giving rise to untamed fashion-oriented youngsters who became the heart-throb of the city.
With holidays to Budapest, one can easily fathom a large portion of charm lies in the surprising glimpses of the expansive vistas, gleaming cobbled streets, ruins, Roman-styled buildings and antique structures.
But the city is much more edgy and dynamic, highly alluring for honeymoon and family holidays. One characteristic that makes Budapest so compelling is its amalgam of the Eastern and Western Europe. With constant flourishment of tourism, more and more communities and tourists are inhaling the innovative and youthful life. Even with all odds, it adds to the charm.
The dominant sights of Budapest cover three key areas, most of which can be explored on foot with cheap Budapest holidays. The city is loved for all the right reasons - baroque and art nouveau architecture, romance, trolleybuses, Turkish baths, hot springs, excellent wines, beautiful people and culinary delights. Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century.)
With all-inclusive Budapest holidays, the city is just terrific for kids and travelling with kids is not that easy. Do not fret, there are numerous kids-friendly attractions to keep your kids busy. Hungarians are extremely warm-hearted and love kids. Be it the Budapest Zoo, the Aquaworld, Kid's World Waterpark and the Art Nouveau Elephant House, Kids Millenaris Park, City Park for Zoo and Circus.
There are places that juveniles can enjoy skating, rowing and sliding. Towards District 8, Orczy Kalandpark offers excitement beyond imagination. On your trip to Budapest, during the summers, kids can avail and enjoy outdoor pools and a various aquatic activities.
The best times to enjoy holidays to Budapest are March through May and September through November. That's when the weather is idyllic and the city isn't overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild, with temperatures rarely exceeding bearable levels.
On your cheap Budapest holidays, the city is suitable for walking. Strolling down the city centre, downtown Pest and historic districts are highly rewarding. But, Budapest also offers a wonderful network of transport system. Lift your heads up to see an extensive cable system, hence, you can tour the city on trolley buses and streetcars. The efficient subway is fast and efficient.
Getting around is easy. Although walking is plausibly your best bet, streetcars 2, 4 and 6 as well as the three subway lines offer a good option to reach most places in the city. You can also refer to the Budapest Travel Guide for a deep insight into the city with cheap city breaks to Budapest.
Moving out of the Budapest city, there are quite a few spots that are worth visiting on your cheap city breaks to Budapest. In case you are planning a city break to Budapest to marvel at Budapest attractions, do not miss out Szentendre, a sister town of Danube. You can also tour world's second largest Baroque Castle. If you are a wine lover, the renowned Etyek wine offers amazing wine tasting tours.
At a distance of 12.5 miles north of the city, lies Szentendre, a popular tiny village with a Mediterranean atmosphere. Due to its museums, cafes, fantastic cobblestone streets and colourful homes, it never fails to draw crowds from all over.
Built in the 1700s, the Royal Castle of Godollo is a fabulous masterpiece, shaped as a Baroque styled castle, making it the second biggest architectural genre on the planet.
With holidays to Budapest, tourists enjoy a full-day tour to the iconic places of interest in Hungary to learn about the culture and history. As you leave Budapest, you get to visit one of the most remarkable natural parks in Hungary, which is the Danube Bend. Next, you encounter the Visegrad Citadel, a formal royal residence and fort. Take a walk in the castle museum and marvel at the stupendous S-curve of the Danube.
To learn and experience about the Hungarian traditions, culture and history deeply, exploring the other cities and regions are a must. No doubt, it is purely a refreshing experience on your romantic holiday.
Located 80 miles from Budapest, you get to see Europe's largest lake surrounded by interesting villages in Balaton. If you need a romantic getaway or a crazy summer vacation, Balaton delivers the best. Also visit Siofok, known as the Miami of Hungary. The sunset and the nightlife is worth experiencing. Tihany is another heaven, which is also the most romantic city in Balaton.
Boasting unlimited sunshine hours, Szeged is located 75 miles and highly acclaimed for its cultural life. River Tisza is a vital part of the landscape, assuring an tantalizing fervour.
Situated 124 miles southwest, Pecs brags for its multiculturalism and Mediterranean features. Gyor is located quite close to the Austrian and Slovakian borders, boasting appealing Baroque buildings and a vibrant city centre.
Renowned as the City of Flowers, Kaposvar also houses universities and a youthful ambience. With cheap Budapest holidays, you can explore museums and slim cobblestone streets.
Knowing a country through its cuisine is truly gratifying. Hungary is renowned for its delicious food and dandy wines. Villany, situated 124 miles from Budapest, is attributed for high-quality wines and authentic dishes. If you do not wish to travel hundred plus miles, explore these options and you won’t be disappointed - Szentendre - around 12.5 miles north, Visegrád - around 28 miles north and Esztergom - around 31 miles northwest.
To enjoy nature at its best with cheap city breaks to Budapest, explore Lake Heviz which is located 5 miles from Lake Balaton. Believe it or not, Lake Heviz is the second largest thermal lake on the planet. Decorated with water lilies, it is a perfect spot to linger around as well as explore the town of Heviz. Thermal baths, biking and hiking are popular attractions here.
With Budapest holiday deals have a blissful trip to Eger, a historical village situated at a 30-minutes drive towards Northern Hungary. Encircling the village, visitors can explore castles, churches, cathedrals and Turkish remains.
Holloko is Budapest's World Heritage Site since 1987 that showcases rural life and the agricultural setup coming down from ages. The tiny snow-white kind of villages depict a unique, folk-like structure and people with traditional costumes. With Budget holidays, it is amusing to see such a part of the world that brings fairy tales alive.
With short breaks to Budapest, if you happen to be in Budapest anytime during Christmas, you can visit the traditional Budapest Christmas markets from November till January, offering amazing products. No wonder, Budapest at Christmas turns into a fantastic fairy land.
Things To Do in Budapest
Whether it is getting soaked in the thermal waters, savouring deep-fried dough called langos, enjoying an epic night hopping between pubs or enjoying playing chess, Budapest offers endless activities that should be experienced once in a lifetime.
One of the distinct features dotting the city's skyline is the World Heritage Royal Palace and Buda Castle District. Ornamented with a huge towering dome, this majestic structure is home to the Budapest History Museum and the Hungarian National Gallery. With Budapest holidays, steal time to explore the Castle District and get a piece of a delicious cake at the Ruszwurm.
Budapest's lavish nightlife is highly famous and largely centred in the Jewish Quarter of District VIII. The top-rated party dens are all at a stone's throw from each other. Alternatively, there are numerous cafes and restaurants lined up one after the other, making the ruin pubs admirable and crowded. With weekend breaks to Budapest, you can explore a dozen rooftop venues and garden bars catering to larger crowds in the summers. With city breaks in Budapest, do not forget to stumble upon districts V, VI or VIII to experience something unimagined.
Apart from the surface attractions, Budapest's numerous underground thermal baths are speckled all over the city. Enclosed with an impressive architecture, the Baths offer a lavish swim. The warm thermal outdoor baths remain open during the winters and swimming with snow-falling is utterly surreal. Kiraly Bath and Gellert Bath are two famous ones, offering an ancient-world charm.
District V offers an out-of-the-world experience with historic sights and beauty around every corner. The refurbished Parliament House and the Kossuth Square bears special features for all to see. Other places are: Vaci Utca, Vorosmarty Square, Sziget Eye and St. Stephen's Basilica.
What is Budapest without the Danube? With Budapest city breaks, walking alongside the Danube banks or taking a boat ride is the perfect way to get soaked up with the lovely panorama of the city; the night too, is extremely bewitching. Walking down any of the bridges: Margaret Bridge, the Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge, and Liberty Bridge are especially breathtaking.
Located at the end of Andrassy Avenue, the Heroes' Square is Budapest's iconic landmarks. This compound displays statues of esteemed leaders, whilst the square boasts of museums on both sides. The City Park lies right behind and one can enjoy a picnic beside the lake or even walking around through the fields. The lavish Szechenyi Bath and the famous Budapest Zoo are within the park too. For a break and a treat, head to the Gundel restaurant for a luscious meal, or explore the eternally dreamy Robinson restaurant.
Settled in the middle of the Danube, the Margaret Island is a popular and charming parkland, loved by everyone for its alfresco retreat.
With a stunning background of the Gellert Hill, the tallest peak of central Budapest offers an exciting hiking. From the top, the view of the Danube is engrossing. On your city breaks to Budapest, you can also stop by the Gellert Hill Caves, the Saint Gellert Monument and views of Elizabeth too.
Illustrious for its cuisine, Hungarian food has a large use of meat products, paprika and cabbage. Enjoying traditional food is a delight. Traditional dishes include gulyas, lecso, toltott, kolbasz, csirke, somloi galuska, gundel palacsinta, dobos torta, longos, kurtos kalacs and several others.
Some favourite traditional-Hungarian restaurants include Pozsonyi Kisvendeglo, Tukory Etterem, and Matyas Pince. For a contemporary twist on Hungarian cookery, seek out these restaurants with a bird's-eye views of the city. Confectioneries such as Ruszwurm, Gerbeaud, Lotz Cafe are must-try's with cheap city breaks to Budapest, but without a hitch one of the most favourable places to have cake and coffee is the New York Cafe.
A UNESCO World Heritage, the Andrassy Avenue is Budapest's most prominent spot lined with luxury shops, striking villas and embassies. At one end, Heroes' Square dots the place and Erzsebet Square at the other. Relish taking detours at the famous streets and sneak into a cafe. The metro station lies beneath the avenue and with the yellow line you can explore major sights of the city.
Last, but not the least, Budapest has some first-class museums and exhibitions, you need to find out the happenings in town. The exhibitions of the Hungarian National Gallery in the Royal Palace, the Museum of Fine Arts (presently being renovated but scheduled to reopen in March 2018) at Heroes’ Square, or the House of Terror on Andrassy Avenue are absorbing to view anytime.
The Mangalica Festival is a renowned fest in Budapest. It is usually a gastronomic event which is mainly about the Mangalica pig, a Hungarian heritage pig. You get to taste a variety of meat products such as sausages and salamis.
If Budapest entices fun, then shopping in Budapest doubles the fun. With Budapest holiday packages, you can find plenty of good bargains at several shopping arcades, open-air bazaars and at the malls.
Currency - Hungarian forint (HUF)
Language: Hungarian, English, German, Serbian and Slovak
Health and Safety
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With its ravishing architecture, Budapest is distinguished for its hotels as well as hostels. There are several hostels and hotels in central Budapest that are taken up by most travellers swarming into the city. Budget hotels can be your best option with a homely atmosphere and economical food and drinks. On your Budapest Easter holidays you can avail affordable rooms at few of the 2 star and 3 star hotels speckled in the city.
The sprawling Hungarian capital city is quite cheap. Clinging to local food markets, public transportation and dorms can help you save some pounds.
Being a tourist-oriented city, Budapest is dotted with swanky hotels. If budget is not your concern on your cheap Budapest holidays, and wish to experience opulence at its best, you can check into these grand hotels and enjoy the best times of your life. Some affordable hotels in Budapest that you may choose, are:
• Botel Hotel Lisa
• 7Seasons Apartments Budapest
• Matyas Hotel
• Elite Apartments Budapest
• Nador Home
• 2Night Hostel
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD), serves as the international airport of Budapest. The airport is located approximately 10 miles southeast of the city, connecting with Europe, Africa, Far East and Middle East.
Budapest is home to the most unusual parties. Normally, at the old district you can find ruin pubs that were abandoned during the WWII. Every ruin bar is different to the other. Do not be deceived from the outside, it's electrifying, funky and arty inside. The interiors are huge with many rooms. On holidays to Budapest, you can find hookah bar, rooms with neon lights and some rooms with chairs hanging from the roofs.
Apart from the ruin pubs, Budapest is home to many impressive clubs. Club Studio, is one of the best clubs located on an island in the middle of the Danube River. A walloping 8,000 people can be packed into this single club.
Passport & Visa Requirements
To travel Hungary, British citizens don’t need to apply for a visa but must have a valid passport.
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