City Break Guide to Budapest

Budapest is an intriguing city that has two distinct sides yet a united character throughout. Split in half by the Danube, the Hungarian capital has the Buda side and the Pest side. Right across the city though you can find plenty of great things to do and lots of fascinating culture, including interesting monuments and museums.

Great for exploring

If you love to explore then Budapest is the perfect city for you. Hire a bike and cycle along the river between the best of the sights, or take a walking tour of the iconic Castle Hill. This is where you’ll find the Royal Palace with its wonderful museum, gallery and library, and some excellent opportunities for getting great pictures. Walk over the famous Chain Bridge to Széchenyi Square on the Pest side, stopping to take in the view back to Castle Hill.

Impressive landmarks

Just as impressive as the Royal Palace is the Hungarian Parliament Building, which is the largest building in the country and the tallest in Budapest. Go on a tour and wander through the grand interior, before heading to Heroes’ Square or St. Stephen’s Basilica. If your legs start to feel a bit weary from all the sightseeing then head to one of Budapest’s thermal baths for a spot of relaxation, or sit back and enjoy a dinner cruise down the river as the evening draws in.

Interesting nightlife

Make sure you also try a traditional goulash while you’re in Budapest, and see what’s cooking at the city’s street stalls. You should also go for a few drinks at one of the many ruin bars, which are a great feature of Budapest life. Cheap, cheerful and quirky, you can have a great night out to round off a day full of interesting sights.

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