Budapest city breaksDiscover Budapest, Hungary’s beautiful capital
Budapest has long been a favourite destination for city breaks, whether you’re travelling during winter or fancy sightseeing at the height of summer. It’s a large city, with seemingly something to suit all manner of tourists: there’s fantastic nightlife for those seeking evenings out, a world-famous classical music scene for those on the look out for culture, and a myriad of natural, thermal baths for when you need to relax and rejuvenate. Whether you’re in search of scenery, shopping or UNESCO World Heritage Sites, you’ll find it all and more in Hungary's magnificent capital.
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Top 5 Budapest attractions
Castle Hill and the Royal Palace
Castle Hill is Budapest’s District 1, and home to the oldest and best-known of the capital’s attractions. Here, you’ll find the neogothic Matthias Church, which dominates the capital’s cityscape, and the Fishermen’s Bastion, from which you’ll enjoy outstanding views across the Danube. The spectacular Royal Palace, which dates back to the 14th century, also lies here, as well as the National Gallery, the Labyrinth, and the Lions’ Courtyard, created by famous sculptor János Fadrusz in 1902. And if all that sightseeing becomes a little too much, simply relax in one of the area’s landscaped public gardens.
Great Market Hall
If you fancy a spot of shopping, whether for Hungarian souvenirs or something to cook for dinner, look no further than Budapest’s Great Market Hall. Built at the turn of the 20th century, it was one of the world’s most modern indoor shopping markets, and remains an exciting spot today. There are magnificent linens and laces to be admired, as well as pottery, jewellery and statues, but also a culinary treasure trove of local vegetables, fruits, meat and fish. Take your time to explore every stall: it’s a bustling and colourful place to explore, even if you don’t want to buy!
Chain Bridge and the Danube Promenade
Heading along the Danube Promenade is a must when staying in the city. You can admire the capital’s beautiful bridges, the Chain Bridge particularly, from which you’ll enjoy amazing views over to Gellert Hill. Another great way to see the Chain Bridge is by boat, as you can enjoy both riverbanks at the same time: many tourists choose to go at night, and enjoy a romantic river cruise for two! Of course, if you’re travelling with little ones, why not take a boat trip to nearby Margaret Island instead? It has a range of beautiful public parks, perfect for a sunny afternoon.
St Stephen’s Basilica and Square
St Stephen’s Basilica is Budapest’s oldest and most famous church, best-known for its outstanding neoclassical design. Recently renovated but with its character and charm intact, it houses the mummified right hand of the first King of Hungary, St Stephen. But it’s the basilica's central dome which attracts most tourists, towering 96 metres high and decorated in spectacular mosaics. Viewable from just about anywhere in the capital, it’ll serve as a great point of reference as well as a must-see site! Outside, sample some local Torta, or cakes, in one of the pretty cafes.
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Budapest is scattered with an exceptional number of thermal springs, and has long been a favourite spa location. The range of thermal baths are some of the only remains of Turkish culture in the capital, dating back hundreds of years. From steam baths to Hungarian massages, thermal therapies to drinking cures, there are all sorts of strange and wonderful things to try! For those looking to enjoy their surroundings at the same time, head to Gellert Baths, one of the finest Art Nouveau baths in Europe, or simply admire the ruins of Roman baths found at the Aquincum.
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