Budapest is the beautiful capital city of Hungary which is home to a wealth of culture and attractions, with a prolific classical music scene, vibrant nightlife and stunning scenery. A city of two halves – Buda, the older district, and Pest, generally considered more modern – it’s the ideal destination for a relaxing break.
Whether you want to see the sights or just lie back and enjoy the natural spas around the city. Luxury hotels, like the central Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, will ensure that your break is relaxing from beginning to end: take a look at our guide to see what you can expect from the incredibly interesting city that has lots to offer in terms of activities, sights, culture and history.
Budapest’s architecture is heavily influenced by Viennese and Parisian styles, creating an almost fantasy-like atmosphere around the city centre. Take a gentle walk through Buda and the Castle Hill area, and see the stunning Royal Palace, a 13th century structure which has been developed and re-designed over and over again throughout the years as fashion and times have changed. You’ll also find many of the city’s museums here, including the Historical Museum, the Music Museum and, strangely, the Marzipan Museum.
Hungary has a large music and art scene and, in Budapest, it’s almost compulsory to attend at least one event while in the city. You don’t need to spend a fortune though; The Hungarian State Opera House has a range of cheaper seats where you can just sit back and enjoy the music, while the Theatre Madách shows top musicals at great prices.
The thermal baths are still a major part of life in Budapest, and it’s worth visiting them to experience an authentic Hungarian experience – one that will completely relax you, with communal pools, massages and steam baths.
Food & Drink
Dining out in Budapest can be as laid-back or frantic as you like, so it’s worth looking out for the more chilled out places to eat. Hungarian food generally revolves around warming spices and smoky flavours – expect lots of slow-cooked meats and paprika in traditional restaurants. However, a rich culinary scene means you’re just as likely to find interesting fusion venues and plenty of coffee houses to stop in for a break at lunchtime.
The nightlife is just as varied; head to a borozó for inexpensive wines in a traditional Hungarian pub environment, or look out for the more modern places serving cocktails and locally-made fruit spirits in the city centre.