Budapest is an atmospheric city destination
Budapest is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe and offers endless attractions for culture and attractions as well as restaurants or shopping for the tourist.
The view of the glorious banks of the Danube in the darkness of the evening becomes quiet. No wonder the panorama of Budapest has also reached the UNESCO World Heritage List. The majestic Flowing Danube divides the city of Budapest into the green and peaceful Buda and the lively and modern Pest. Together, these two parts form the capital of Hungary. Budapest charmingly combines both Western and Eastern influences.
Budapest is especially known for its many cultural events, museums, architecture, spas and lively nightlife. Budapest is an excellent city destination for a long weekend for couples, families and groups of friends.
Culture-hungry people will find endless things to see and do in the city, and shoppers’ shopping choices will not run out. And you shouldn’t miss the quaint cafes, parks or the castle mountain that rises above the city.
Budapest, Hungary is ideal for a family holiday.
Budapest is at its best in spring and autumn
Budapest has a typical continental climate. Summers are hot and winters are often well on the frosty side. The best time to visit Budapest is from spring to autumn. May-June and September in particular are good travel months due to the weather.
In mid-summer there are the most tourists and the prices are at their highest. Also, the temperature in July-August can be even painfully hot. However, it is also easy to make excursions from Budapest to the countryside, allowing the holidaymaker to get away from the city heat for a while.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN BUDAPEST
Spa culture has a long tradition in Hungary. You should book at least one spa day for each trip to Budapest!
Several direct flights from Helsinki to Budapest
Finnair flies daily directly from Helsinki to Budapest. Other airlines fly to Budapest with one stopover. Usually a direct flight is the easiest option, but the frugal traveler should also look into the prices of alternative connections. For example, through Riga , Air Baltic may find competitive offers. Several travel agencies organize package tours to Budapest, so you can also book your trip as an easy flight and hotel package.
Budapest Airport is less than 20 km from the city center. The easiest way to get to the city center from the airport is by airport minibus. However, the combination of bus and metro is more advantageous. There is also a train connection from the airport to Nyugat Train Station.
Comprehensive public transport transports around the city and beyond
From Budapest there are good train connections to the rest of Hungary and Central Europe. International trains, as well as domestic trains, depart from three stations on different sides of the city: Nyuagat, Kelet and Dél stations.
Budapest’s public transport is efficient and comprehensive. From a tourist point of view, the metro is perhaps the most convenient means of transportation, but the city also has a good bus and tram network. You should be careful when using taxis, as there are some illegal taxis in traffic and there is an overcharge for tourists.
Affordable and good quality accommodation
There are plenty of good accommodation options in Budapest, and hostel and private accommodation can be found very cheaply. Hotel prices are also reasonable in Finnish, but especially during the biscuit summer season, it is worth booking a room in time. You can find the cheapest class hotel room or hostel bed in twenty. Prices for mid-range hotels start at around 60-70 euros and a quality spa or business hotel can be booked from 80-90 euros per night.
The Pest side has the best shopping streets and plenty of restaurants. In any case, Pest is more lively than Buda on the opposite shore, which is a great place to stay for those looking for a quieter area.
ATTRACTIONS OF BUDAPEST
The Hungarian Parliament Building on the Danube is one of Budapest’s landmarks.
Castle Hill and Gellért Hill offer history and great views
The castle hill on the Buda side rises proudly on the banks of the Danube. Up the hill can be reached, for example, by the cable car, which leaves from Clark Ádám tér right at the end of the famous Chain Bridge. In addition to the old town on the surface of the country, below the castle hill you will find a kilometer-long, underground, naturally formed cave, some of which is open to the public. The caves are definitely worth a visit.
Situated on Linnavuori, Buda Castle, a former royal castle, consists of several museums, beautiful churches and small medieval alleys. The castle looks great especially in the evening light. Linnavuori is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the Buda side, you should also visit Gellért Hill, which has great views over the city. There is also a famous spa on the hill where you can relax while sightseeing and shopping.
Andrássy út and Váci utca drive to architecture and shopping
Located on the Pest side, Andrássy út is a green and architectural street in Budapest like Fifth Avenue, which crosses the city center from Bajscsy-Zsilinszky to Hösökteren Heroes’ Square. Along Andrássy rises, among other things, the famous Budapest Opera House, which is worth a visit, even if you are not interested in the opera. Along Andrássy, it is also worth looking upwards, as many stunning architectural masterpieces created over the centuries are located above view height.
Váci utca, which runs a few blocks from Andrássy along the Danube, is a pedestrian street with many shops and other shopping opportunities. Tourists especially gather on the street and the street can be called the center of Budapest.
The Danube flows through the city
The sights of Budapest definitely include the magnificent, albeit rather dirty Danube. The river separates the Buda and Pest Districts and is crossed by several bridges, perhaps the most magnificent of which is the Chain Bridge from Roosevelt Square to Clark Ádám Square. There are several cruises on the river and especially in the evening the beach scenery is stunningly beautiful.
THE BEST OF BUDAPEST
The Szechenyi Bridge crosses the Danube.
Experience at least these in Budapest
- Spa day
- A full Hungarian meal
- Walking on the banks of the Danube
The most famous spas in Budapest
- Széchenyi Spa
- Gellért Spa
- Rudas Spa