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This Eastern European capital city offers beautiful views, interesting buildings from the 1896 celebration of Hungary’s millennium and plenty of history.

The capital of Hungary, Budapest is two cities in one: older Buda on the west and Pest on the east. They are separated by the Danube River, sometimes flowing gently and other times rushing violently. Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, has been declared an internationally protected World Heritage Site, recognizing the city as one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes.

The city traces its history to Roman times. See this past on the Buda side at Aquincum, an excavated ancient Roman settlement in the Óbuda district, slightly north of the city center. Buda Castle Quarter lies at the heart of the city. Here you can see the Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom), with its colorful exterior. Buda Castle (Budai var), high on a western hill overlooking the city, lights up at night as the most recognizable part of Budapest’s skyline.

Just a few minutes away on Gellért Hill is another towering structure, the Citadella, which has served as a fortress during several struggles within the city. The Liberty Statue (Szabadság-szobor), also on Gellért Hill, was installed as a celebration of Hungary’s liberation from Nazi occupation during World War II.

Explore the interesting sights near City Park (Varosliget) on the eastern side of the city. Heroes’ Square (Hosok Tere) honors the city’s founders and defenders. Nearby is the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum), while alongside a lake inside the park is the romantic looking Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vára).

For other cultural attractions, visit the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum), the National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) and the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház) on the Pest side. Budapest has been the home of a number of famous sculptors, writers and composers.

Budapest is easy to get around by car or on foot. The western Buda side is hilly, while eastern Pest is flat. The city also has many public transportation options. The subway system, one of Europe’s earliest, is still functional more than 100 years after its construction. There are also numerous bus tours, Danube boat tours, and even bicycle and Segway rentals or tours.

Top Hotels in Budapest

Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Bliss Hotel And Wellness
4 out of 5
Ó utca 43-49, Budapest
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $58 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 18

Located in Terezvaros, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon, Hungarian State Opera House, and House of Terror. St. Stephen's Basilica and Parliament ...

4.1/5Very Good! (342 reviews)

"Accommodation was great, and hotel facilities excellent. Location of the hotel Was very central. Staff all very pleasant and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Bliss Hotel And Wellness
Iberostar Grand Budapest
Iberostar Grand Budapest
5 out of 5
Oktober 6. utca 26, Budapest
The price is CA $171 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Inner City Budapest, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liberty Square and St. Stephen's Basilica. Szechenyi Chain Bridge and Hungarian ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (996 reviews)

"Room was amazing, very spacious and luxurious. Staff were super friendly and extra accommodating for my birthday. Facilities were very nice, definitely worth getting the breakfast. Perfect location for getting around."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Iberostar Grand Budapest
NH Collection Budapest City Center
NH Collection Budapest City Center
5 out of 5
Osvat utca 2-8, Budapest
The price is CA $121 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Erzsebetvaros, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Blaha Lujza Square and Dohany Street Synagogue. Hungarian State Opera House and Vaci ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (969 reviews)

"Really good hotel highly recommend staff friendly and helpful ,and very clean"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2020

NH Collection Budapest City Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Budapest

Loft Astoria
Loft Astoria
4 out of 5
Múzeum körút 1/b, Budapest

Located in Inner City Budapest, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Paloma, Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian National Museum. Vaci Street ...

4.4/5Excellent! (282 reviews)

"Excellent location, wonderful building. Great staff - until they disappeared. OK, it's the spread of corona virus"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 25, 2020

Loft Astoria
Amber Terrace Studio
Amber Terrace Studio
3 out of 5
Veres Pálné utca 7, First Floor, Budapest
The price is CA $30 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Inner City Budapest, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vaci Street, Great Market Hall and Elisabeth Bridge. Dohany Street Synagogue ...

4.3/5Excellent! (472 reviews)
Loved it!

"Recently upgraded studio apartments in the heart of Budapest. They are conveniently located within minutes on foot to shopping, restaurants and pubs in the area. The Danube and all it offers is just a short walk from the studio. Management is quick to respond to questions or comments. The studios ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 17, 2020

Amber Terrace Studio
Colours Apartments Budapest
Colours Apartments Budapest
4 out of 5
Kazinczy u. 9., Budapest

Located in Erzsebetvaros, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dohany Street Synagogue and Hungarian State Opera House. St. Stephen's Basilica and Vigado ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (154 reviews)
Highly recommend!

"Great stay. Excellent location. Easy check-in. Nice amenities. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

Colours Apartments Budapest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Mar 30, 2020

Lovely architecture and fascinating history, with wonderful small businesses throughout. The people were generally quite friendly.

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Feb 22, 2020

Beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 24, 2020

one week was not enough to cover everything; there’s SO much stuff to see!

5/5 - Excellent


Jan 16, 2020

Will definitely come back because 3 days aint shit to explore everything.

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Dec 21, 2019

Time well spent to visit this beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 17, 2019

Must visit if you are doing a Central Europe trip. Beautiful!

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