Budapest travel guide

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You're Going to Love Budapest

Hungary's capital city is one of Eastern Europe's most attractive destinations. It has a beautiful setting on the Danube River, stately palaces, castles and museums to visit, and a youthful population who love to hit the town's bars and clubs.

Budapest's golden age came under the Habsburgs in the 18th and 19th centuries, and when you visit, you'll be astonished by the beauty that remains. You can see ballet in the Drechsler Palace, climb to the citadel on Gellért Hill, or see how the Imperial royal family lived at Buda Castle.

After the sightseeing's all done, relax in thermal baths like Széchenyi, wind through the city's nightlife districts, or spend the evening sampling the gourmet cuisine at restaurants like Borbiróság. At the end of it all, you'll have fallen in love with this friendly, gorgeous European capital.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Budapest

What to do in Budapest

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District VII - Erzsébetváros
Top activities & attractions in Budapest

When to Visit Budapest

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The best time to visit Budapest is late spring and early summer. If you arrive from March to late May, you'll enjoy warm weather and hardly any crowds. Summer offers the chance to bathe in the many thermal baths, but the crowds can become restrictive. Fall and winter are colder, but when the snow falls, Budapest offers stunning photo opportunities.

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How to Get to Budapest

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Where to Stay in Budapest

If you are looking for an upscale hotel in Budapest, there's plenty of choice. From the artistically decorated rooms of Brody House and the sheer luxury of the Corinthia Hotel to the immaculate Four Seasons Gresham Palace, high-end hotels abound. Excellent cheaper options include the rough-and-ready Buda Guesthouse and the Grand Hostel Budapest.

Popular Neighborhoods in Budapest

Most popular hotel in Budapest by neighborhood

District VII - Erzsébetváros

Where to stay in popular areas of Budapest

Most booked hotels in Budapest

How to Get Around Budapest

The Cost of Living in Budapest

Shopping Streets

Budapest is a fantastic place to shop. The major shopping street is Váci utca in Pest, where you'll find international chains like H&M, Calzedonia, and Desigual. For designer labels like Prada, make a trip to Andrássy Út, but for the most fun of all, dive into Nagyvásárcsarnok (the Great Market Hall), where you will have no trouble finding souvenirs for those back home.

Groceries and Other

The Great Market is also an excellent place to buy food and drink, and it can be very cheap as well, so self-catering vacationers should definitely swing by. Other than that, try supermarkets like Aldi and Spar, which are all over town. Groceries are cheap by North American standards: expect to pay Ft800 for a gallon of milk and around Ft180 for a pound of bananas.

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Where to Eat in Budapest

Budapest is becoming one of Eastern Europe's premier gourmet destinations. At Borkonyha, you can savor Michelin-starred main courses for around Ft2,800 and Borbiróság near the Great Market is almost as good, and just as affordable. Menza is another local favorite, serving up hearty specialties like cheesy gnocchi at bargain prices. Even the best restaurants won't charge more than Ft5,000 for a three-course meal, so Budapest represents fantastic value for gastronomes.

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