Budapest Holidays

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The Celts were the first to construct a settlement at what is today’s Óbuda.

During the first century, the Romans pushed the boundaries of their empire out to the Danube, building up their fortresses. The Roman occupation ceased at the end of the fourth century, leaving the territory to Hun, Longobard, and Avar control.

During the ninth century, Hungarians inhabited Pest after the conquest, and in 1241 the Mongols demolished most of the area. Once the Tartars left, Buda’s castle was erected and subsequently became very significant.

In the 15th century, during the reign of King Matthias, the palace was reconstructed.

Starting in the 16th century, the city fell under the control of the Turkish empire, which is when its famous baths were built. Budapest became an Eastern-style city.

During the late 17th century and the 18th century, the city built its town hall and most of its churches.

The 19th century saw Pest gain a reputation as the intellectual centre of Hungary, and the famous Chain Bridge was constructed.

The beginning of the Hungarian-Austrian monarchy came in 1867. The city continued to prosper because of this, followed in 1873 with the joining together of Buda, Pest, and Óbuda. The city evolved into a metropolis, having built many bridges, drains, streetlights and an underground.

Like many other major cities, Budapest was heavily damaged during World War II; its bridges were demolished. Then, during 1942–1950, the city put itself back together.

Spend a weekend in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary and a place of considerable history and jaw-dropping beauty. Luxuriate in thermal baths, dance until the early morning, visit museums and palaces, and swim and go spelunking in this marvellous city.

Its natural landscape is breathtaking and its architecture impressive. The city retains an elegantly antiquated appearance, as much of it was constructed during the 19th century.

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Continental Hotel Zara

4 stars
4.6 / 5 18 reviews
Art Nouveau exterior welcomes guests with modern comfort One of Budapest's newer hotels, the Continental Hotel Zara also has one of the city's most beautiful hotel exteriors. Once inside, guests find an interior that blends art deco details with mid-century modern style. The Art Nouveau-styled Araz Restaurant has both lounge and dining areas. The restaurant also serves a buffet breakfast. Highlights Stunning Art Nouveau-style façadeClose to historic locations including the Great Synagogue of BudapestRelax or work out in style at the wellness and fitness center or on the roof gardenComplimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel Rooms The hotel's rooms offer art deco features brought up to date with modern textiles and a soothing color palette. Some rooms have a street or courtyard view. All rooms have complimentary wireless Internet access. Other in-room amenities include LCD televisions with satellite channels, soundproof windows, laptop-sized safes, and 24-hour room service. Guests in deluxe rooms can choose from a variety of pillows and receive a welcome tray with tea, coffee, and treats. The hotel also offers executive rooms with extra space to work and 13 suites that have living rooms and large plasma televisions. Features The restaurant focuses on Hungarian cuisine updated through the use of modern culinary techniques. The kitchen relies on local ingredients whenever possible and can prepare dishes specially made for people with food allergies.   The hotel's wellness center is located on the roof garden. The center has both indoor and outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi, and two saunas. Indulge in a massage or other treatment that puts natural materials -- including Dead Sea mud, sea salts, and sea algae -- to work. The hotel also has a well-equipped fitness room. Transportation Blaha Lujza Metro Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (10.8 mi/17.4 km) Nearby attractions Hungarian National Museum (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Hungarian State Opera House (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Great Market Hall (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Castle District (1.9 mi/3 km)Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (1.9 mi/3 km)Hungarian Parliament (2.3 mi/3.7 km)Hungarian National Gallery (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Business Complimentary wireless Internet accessBusiness servicesMeeting rooms accommodate up to 400 peopleRoof garden available for cocktail parties or standing receptions
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Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel

4 stars
3.1 / 5 7 reviews
Mercure Budapest Korona**** is the best located hotel in Budapest. Situated in the heart of the city with beautiful surroundings, at the entrance of the popular pedestrian area: Váci and Ráday street.The River Danube, exclusive shops and famous baths arewithin walking distance. We offer free WiFi throughout the hotel and Internet corner. You can choose from Privilege Rooms or Suites to ensure your full comfort. Direct access from the airport and onsite parking possibility.
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Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
The trendy four-star Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest is located on Budapest's main pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca, just a step away from the Grand Market Hall, one of the most popular attractions among tourists visiting Budapest. The elegant hotel's 70 stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with the latest modern fourstar hotel facilities. Considering the ultra-modern conference facilities and the intimate lobby bar, Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest is ideal 4 star accommodation for business and leisure purposes alike, with an excellent city centre location.
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Eurostars Budapest Center

4 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews
The brand new Eurostars Budapest Center 4* superior is ideally located in the famous Kossuth Lajos avenue, in the heart of Budapest only a 2-minute walk from the Danube river. The 175 elegant and modern guest rooms - including 6 junior suites, 3 presidential suites and 2 disabled rooms - well equipped with contemporary urban design and decorated in a minimalist modern style, with comfortable queen-size beds or twin beds. Enjoy the bright and air-conditioned rooms at reasonable prices and make use of the hotels indoor car park. Relax on the 8th floor where you can find a daylight wellness area including a sauna, a fitness room and other amenities. On the first floor you can find the conference centre with its 2 function rooms, all offering state-of-the-art technology and daylight.
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Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest

5 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
"Not just another hotel, it's a lifestyle" is the motto of the brand new, fantastically located, truly unique 5-star Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace. Dashing luxury and pampering comfort awaits at the 2nd hotel of the world-wide famous, trendy Buddha-Bar concept hotel. It boasts an excellent setting at the foot of the Elisabeth Bridge, in a charming historic building from the 19th century, at the corner of the capital's number-one pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca. Faithful to the brand, a number of exciting dining venues comprehend to the entire Buddha-Bar experience that is a feast for the senses. Accommodation With great attention to details, Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace aims to exceed the highest standard of five-star hotels and features 102 luxurious rooms including a large variety of unique suites, the Butthattitude Spa, world-class event facilities and multiple dining and shopping outlets. First-class rooms and suites that have been carefully composed with luxurious materials, a unique Asian-Colonial design and the latest in technology, are ready to amaze the demanding guests. Dining Buddha-Bar Restaurant Budapest is the central point of the Buddha-Bar experience. The characteristic dual-level restaurant and bar includes a noteworthy, oversized Buddha statue and direct access from Vaci utca. Dinner is served downstairs, while a dedicated DJ entertains guests with the famous Buddha-Bar compilations in a luxurious mezzanine bar and lounge area upstairs. A memorable experience at the world famous Buddha-Bar Restaurant is ensured via a perfect harmony between the unique stylish ambience and the wonderful mixture of Asian and Pacific-Rim fusion cuisine. The Siddharta Caf offers an international cuisine complimented by local specialities as well as breakfast a'la carte and a combination of buffet selection. Wellness, Fitness and Spa Besides the hotel and dining outlets, is the well-known Buddhattitude Spa; a luxury complex designed to fulfil your entire health and fitness necessity. Take an exclusive discovery for mind and soul through a dimension of Spa treatments or stay fit in our 24-hour fitness suite equipped with state-of-the-art fitness machinery. Access to the Buddhattitude Spa is included in the room price.
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K+K Hotel Opera

4 stars
4.6 / 5 27 reviews
Mid-century modern style cozies up to the State Opera HouseThe K+K Hotel Opera’s exterior welcomes guests with classic Budapest looks, like it’s neighbor, the State Opera House. Once inside guests see a stylish interior with furniture that leans toward mid-century modern design. The decor features a lot of wood and leather. Furniture is covered in earth tones of orange and brown. Business travelers who prefer a workspace outside of their hotel room enjoy the spacious business lounge. HighlightsHotel neighbors the State Opera HouseBusiness lounge provides quiet workspace with free coffee and teaComplimentary high-speed Internet access in guest roomsBreakfast buffet features Hungarian specialties RoomsThe K+K Hotel Opera is home to 205 classic and executive rooms. All rooms feature free high-speed Internet access. Non-smoking rooms are available upon request. Guests who need more space enjoy the executive guest rooms. The executive rooms have laptop-sized safes, work desk, and black marble bathrooms with walk-in showers. Guests in executive rooms can choose from four types of pillows. FeaturesThe Gallery Bistro Bar is open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant serves food from noon to 11 p.m. The hotel offers a daily breakfast buffet featuring regional Hungarian specialties. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Guests can choose from tea, coffee, or a glass of sparkling wine. Room service is available from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.K+K Hotel Opera’s wellness area has a sauna and fitness equipment. The fitness center includes cardio and weight training equipment. The hotel can arrange on-site massages at guest request (fees apply). TransportationOpera Metro Station (5 min.)Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (33 min.) Nearby attractionsPost Office Museum (0.2 mi/0.4 km)St. Stephen’s Basilica (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Szechenyi Chain Bridge (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Dohany Street Synagogue (0.6 mi/1 km)Hungarian National Gallery (1.2 mi/2.1 km)Rudas Baths (1.2 mi/2.1 km)Heroes’ Square (1.3 mi/2.2 km) BusinessComplimentary high-speed wired or wireless InternetInternet Corner in the lobby provides free computer useFive high-tech meeting and conference rooms Technical equipment provided free of charge in conference rooms includes Wi-Fi, overhead and slide projectors, video, and television
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Danubius Hotel Astoria

4 stars
3.8 / 5 22 reviews
Downtown hotel takes guests back in time with traditional décor Elegant interiors make it easy to see why the Danubius Hotel Astoria has been used for several movie shoots. A renovation in 2008 enhanced the back-in-time look. Décor features beautiful woods and upholstered furniture in traditional fabrics. Mirror Café & Restaurant serves Hungarian and international dishes. Budapest's best-known tourist attractions are within walking distance or by public transportation. Four function rooms meet the needs of business travelers in need of meeting space. Highlights Interior recalls elegance of the early 1900sHotel has been used as a movie locationMirror Café & Restaurant serves global fusion cuisineFour function and meeting roomsPet friendly Rooms Classic and sophisticated décor defines the 138 guest rooms and suites. Soundproof windows provide a relaxed atmosphere. Other room amenities include satellite and pay-per-view television. Connecting and smoking rooms are available. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a bath or shower. Features Mirror Café & Restaurant's fusion cuisine blends Hungarian dishes with flavors from the rest of the world, with a wine list that spotlights Hungarian winemakers, and elegant décor that recalls a typical 19th century Pest café. Dessert lovers will find it difficult to choose from the menu of pastry, ice cream, and coffee specialties.   Other on-site amenities include airport shuttles, concierge, and babysitting service. Pets are welcome. Transportation Astoria Metro Station (just outside)Budapest East Train Station (1.2m/2 km)Budapest Airport (12.6 m/20.3 km) Nearby attractionsHungarian National Museum (0.2 mi/0.4 km)Danube (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Saint Stephen's Basilica (0.6 mi/1 km)Great Market Hall (0.6 km/1 km)Hungarian State Opera House (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Széchenyi Chain Bridge (1 mi /1.6 km)Fisherman's Bastion (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Museum of Fine Art (1.9 mi/3.2 km)Heroes' Square (1.9 mi/3.2 km)Lake Balaton (68.4 mi/110 km) Business Business centerWireless Internet availableFour function rooms seating 20 to 100 people
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Opera Garden Hotel & Apartments

4 stars
4.5 / 5 11 reviews
Art Nouveau-style building houses boutique hotel near city shopping With just 35 rooms and apartments, guests feel as though they've rented a city vacation home instead of a hotel room. An Art Nouveau exterior welcomes guests to the early 20th century building. The hotel decor blends contemporary and traditional details. Opera Garden Hotel sits on the pedestrian-only Hajos Street. Located just a few blocks from the Hungarian State Opera House, guests also enjoy easy access to the shops of Andrassy Street. After a day of work or touring, guests unwind with a complimentary glass of homemade mulled wine. Highlights Stylish rooms and apartments that feel like homeLocated near Budapest's best shopping areaComplimentary high-speed wireless Internet accessFree buffet breakfast and daily glass of homemade mulled wine RoomsFloral-pattered textiles take the sharp edges off of the mostly modern furniture in the hotel's 35 rooms and apartments. The rooms on the hotel's top floor feature bright colors. Garden-style rooms rely on nature's more relaxed colors of browns and greens. Apartments have en suite bathrooms as well as full kitchens with a dining table and chairs. All rooms and apartments feature complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Other in-room amenities include L'occitane soaps and shampoos, a pillow menu, and complimentary shoeshine. Baby cots, chairs, and plastic bathtub provided upon request. Features Guest services include a wellness area with sauna, Jacuzzi, and a small fitness room. The hotel serves a complimentary daily buffet breakfast. Room service is available. The hotel's wellness area has a sauna, Jacuzzi, and fitness machines. In-room massages from Massage Minute Service can be arranged through the hotel. Long-term rentals are available. Transportation Opera Metro Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (12 mi/19 km) Nearby attractions St. Stephen's Basilica (0.4mi/0.6 km)Academy of Music (0.5 mi/.8 km)House of Terror Museum (0.6 mi/.9 km)Dohany Street Synagogue (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Hungarian Parliament Building (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Szechenyi Chain Bridge (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Heroes' Square (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Buda Castle (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Museum of Fine Arts (1.4 mi/2.2 km) Business Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet accessMeeting room seats up to six people
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Royal Park Boutique Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews
New, modern, bright hotel 10 minutes’ walk from Andrassy AvenueOpened in 2010, the Royal Park Boutique Hotel prides itself on its air of chic contemporary elegance combined with a relaxing ambience. The Royal Park Boutique Hotel stands opposite Budapest's central railway station, and is fully non-smoking. A 10-minute walk brings guests to popular Andrassy Avenue. Nearby metro and bus, stations transport visitors to other sites within a few minutes. A lobby bar provides a relaxing stop off for a coffee or cocktail before venturing out to dine or sightsee, while the bright restaurant serves hot and cold breakfasts. 3 Reasons to Stay:Spacious modern comfort in a very new property, well located next to central train line Perfect for shopping, just three minutes' walk from the Arena Plaza Shopping Mall Family friendly with cots available and wide choice of hot and cold breakfast Royal Park Boutique Hotel RoomsAt the six floors, 80 room Royal Park Boutique Hotel, bright comfortable and chic double or twin rooms provide a comfortable, well-located choice for guests visiting the historic city of Budapest. Rooms all offer 32-inch LCD televisions with digital channels, free high-speed Internet access (cables provided by reception), air conditioning, minibar and hair dryers. Soundproof (but operable) windows ensure a peaceful ambience and a good night's sleep, and both smoking and non-smoking rooms are on offer. Guests who appreciate outside space choose top floor rooms at the Royal Park Boutique Hotel, which come with spacious terrace areas. Baby cots are available for families, and for a small fee guests can request coffee and tea making facilities. Things to Do:Jewish Museum & Archives (0.7 mi/1.1 km) Andrassy Avenue (0.8 mi/1.2 km) Vajdahunyad Castle (0.9 mi/1.5 km) Hungarian National Museum (1.2 mi/1.9 km) Matthias Church & Fishermen's Bastion (1.6 mi/2.6 km) Hungarian Parliament Building (1.7 mi/2.8 km) Roosevelt Square (1.7 mi/2.7 km) Chain Bridge (1.9 mi/3 km) Gellért Gyógyfürdő (1.9mi/3 km) Margaret Island (2.3 mi/3.9 km)
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Palazzo Zichy Hotel Budapest

4 stars
4.6 / 5 34 reviews
Elegant building was once home to a Hungarian nobleman Budapest's royal past welcomes guests at this historic property. The hotel is in the former residence of a Hungarian nobleman, Count Nandor Zichy. Though the hotel's design and lobby are true to its history, the service, amenities, and room decor are modern. A glass roof provides natural sunlight for guests as they eat the complimentary breakfast buffet. The roof also allows nightime star-gazing for guests as they enjoy cocktails from the lobby bar.  Highlights Former residence of a Hungarian noblemanClose to public transportationFree buffet breakfast served in glass-roofed restaurantComplimentary high-speed Internet throughout hotel RoomsThe Hotel Palazzo Zichy houses 80 rooms and suites with full amenities. Patterns and rich fabrics add a classic twist to the modern room décor. Room amenities include soundproof windows, complimentary high-speed Internet, flat-screen television with satellite channels, laptop-sized safes, and bidets. Non-smoking floors are available. Features The complimentary hotel fitness room has cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. The wellness area -- open 24 hours per day, seven days a week -- also has a sauna. Guests take advantage of the towels and bottled water that are provided free of charge.   Guests can quench their thirst with free coffee, tea, and mineral water in the lobby until 5 p.m. The lobby bar is open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Transportation Kalvin Metro Station (547 yd/500 m)Ferenc Metro Station (656 yd/600 m)Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (22 mi/13.7 km) Nearby attractions Hungarian National Museum  (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Dohany Street Synagogue (0.7 mi/1.2 km)Danube (0.9 mi/1.5 km)State Opera House (1.1 mi/1.8 km)St. Stephen's Basilica (1.3 mi/2 km)Széchenyi Chain Bridge (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Parliament (2.0 mi/3.3 km)Castle district (2.0 mi/3.3 km)Museum of Fine Arts (2.2 mi/3.6 km)Heroes' Square (2.2 mi/3.6 km)Vajdahunyad Castle (2.4 mi/3.8 km)Széchenyi Thermal Bath (2.7 mi/4.3 km) Business Business loungeComputer room with six public computers, complimentary Internet access, and printerComplimentary wireless or wired Internet throughout the hotel
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Continental Hotel Zara

4 stars
4.6 / 5 18 reviews
Art Nouveau exterior welcomes guests with modern comfort One of Budapest's newer hotels, the Continental Hotel Zara also has one of the city's most beautiful hotel exteriors. Once inside, guests find an interior that blends art deco details with mid-century modern style. The Art Nouveau-styled Araz Restaurant has both lounge and dining areas. The restaurant also serves a buffet breakfast. Highlights Stunning Art Nouveau-style façadeClose to historic locations including the Great Synagogue of BudapestRelax or work out in style at the wellness and fitness center or on the roof gardenComplimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel Rooms The hotel's rooms offer art deco features brought up to date with modern textiles and a soothing color palette. Some rooms have a street or courtyard view. All rooms have complimentary wireless Internet access. Other in-room amenities include LCD televisions with satellite channels, soundproof windows, laptop-sized safes, and 24-hour room service. Guests in deluxe rooms can choose from a variety of pillows and receive a welcome tray with tea, coffee, and treats. The hotel also offers executive rooms with extra space to work and 13 suites that have living rooms and large plasma televisions. Features The restaurant focuses on Hungarian cuisine updated through the use of modern culinary techniques. The kitchen relies on local ingredients whenever possible and can prepare dishes specially made for people with food allergies.   The hotel's wellness center is located on the roof garden. The center has both indoor and outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi, and two saunas. Indulge in a massage or other treatment that puts natural materials -- including Dead Sea mud, sea salts, and sea algae -- to work. The hotel also has a well-equipped fitness room. Transportation Blaha Lujza Metro Station (0.2 mi/0.3 km)Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (10.8 mi/17.4 km) Nearby attractions Hungarian National Museum (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Hungarian State Opera House (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Great Market Hall (1.6 mi/2.5 km)Castle District (1.9 mi/3 km)Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (1.9 mi/3 km)Hungarian Parliament (2.3 mi/3.7 km)Hungarian National Gallery (2.6 mi/4.2 km) Business Complimentary wireless Internet accessBusiness servicesMeeting rooms accommodate up to 400 peopleRoof garden available for cocktail parties or standing receptions
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Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel

4 stars
3.1 / 5 7 reviews
Mercure Budapest Korona**** is the best located hotel in Budapest. Situated in the heart of the city with beautiful surroundings, at the entrance of the popular pedestrian area: Váci and Ráday street.The River Danube, exclusive shops and famous baths arewithin walking distance. We offer free WiFi throughout the hotel and Internet corner. You can choose from Privilege Rooms or Suites to ensure your full comfort. Direct access from the airport and onsite parking possibility.
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Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews
The trendy four-star Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest is located on Budapest's main pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca, just a step away from the Grand Market Hall, one of the most popular attractions among tourists visiting Budapest. The elegant hotel's 70 stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with the latest modern fourstar hotel facilities. Considering the ultra-modern conference facilities and the intimate lobby bar, Estilo Fashion Hotel Budapest is ideal 4 star accommodation for business and leisure purposes alike, with an excellent city centre location.
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Eurostars Budapest Center

4 stars
3.9 / 5 15 reviews
The brand new Eurostars Budapest Center 4* superior is ideally located in the famous Kossuth Lajos avenue, in the heart of Budapest only a 2-minute walk from the Danube river. The 175 elegant and modern guest rooms - including 6 junior suites, 3 presidential suites and 2 disabled rooms - well equipped with contemporary urban design and decorated in a minimalist modern style, with comfortable queen-size beds or twin beds. Enjoy the bright and air-conditioned rooms at reasonable prices and make use of the hotels indoor car park. Relax on the 8th floor where you can find a daylight wellness area including a sauna, a fitness room and other amenities. On the first floor you can find the conference centre with its 2 function rooms, all offering state-of-the-art technology and daylight.
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Buddha Bar Hotel Budapest

5 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
"Not just another hotel, it's a lifestyle" is the motto of the brand new, fantastically located, truly unique 5-star Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace. Dashing luxury and pampering comfort awaits at the 2nd hotel of the world-wide famous, trendy Buddha-Bar concept hotel. It boasts an excellent setting at the foot of the Elisabeth Bridge, in a charming historic building from the 19th century, at the corner of the capital's number-one pedestrian shopping street, Vaci utca. Faithful to the brand, a number of exciting dining venues comprehend to the entire Buddha-Bar experience that is a feast for the senses. Accommodation With great attention to details, Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace aims to exceed the highest standard of five-star hotels and features 102 luxurious rooms including a large variety of unique suites, the Butthattitude Spa, world-class event facilities and multiple dining and shopping outlets. First-class rooms and suites that have been carefully composed with luxurious materials, a unique Asian-Colonial design and the latest in technology, are ready to amaze the demanding guests. Dining Buddha-Bar Restaurant Budapest is the central point of the Buddha-Bar experience. The characteristic dual-level restaurant and bar includes a noteworthy, oversized Buddha statue and direct access from Vaci utca. Dinner is served downstairs, while a dedicated DJ entertains guests with the famous Buddha-Bar compilations in a luxurious mezzanine bar and lounge area upstairs. A memorable experience at the world famous Buddha-Bar Restaurant is ensured via a perfect harmony between the unique stylish ambience and the wonderful mixture of Asian and Pacific-Rim fusion cuisine. The Siddharta Caf offers an international cuisine complimented by local specialities as well as breakfast a'la carte and a combination of buffet selection. Wellness, Fitness and Spa Besides the hotel and dining outlets, is the well-known Buddhattitude Spa; a luxury complex designed to fulfil your entire health and fitness necessity. Take an exclusive discovery for mind and soul through a dimension of Spa treatments or stay fit in our 24-hour fitness suite equipped with state-of-the-art fitness machinery. Access to the Buddhattitude Spa is included in the room price.
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Flights to Budapest

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Budapest Wed, 4 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £53
Helsinki Budapest Sat, 31 May - Mon, 30 Jun £162
Manchester Budapest Sun, 1 Jun - Tue, 3 Jun £83
Paris Budapest Thu, 22 May - Fri, 30 May £82
Zurich Budapest Thu, 12 Jun - Mon, 23 Jun £175
Frankfurt Budapest Tue, 3 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £155
Amsterdam Budapest Sat, 7 Jun - Tue, 10 Jun £120
Brussels Budapest Tue, 17 Jun - Thu, 19 Jun £34
Milan Budapest Sat, 24 May - Tue, 27 May £56
Warsaw Budapest Sun, 18 May - Tue, 20 May £209
Dublin Budapest Sun, 18 May - Sat, 24 May £80
Vienna Budapest Wed, 4 Jun - Sun, 8 Jun £183
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Best time to take a holiday to Budapest

  • Budapest experiences a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. January is Budapest's coldest month with an average temperature of 1°C. The hot season stretches from May to September with mean temperatures staying above 20°C. March to May and September to November are the best times to visit, as the weather remains pleasantly warm. For cheap deals that come with the off-season, visit between mid-November and March. Enjoy the Hungarian culture at the Budapest Spring Festival, which is the largest cultural festival in Hungary. It offers various performances, including dance shows, theatre performances and classical music concerts. This two-week annual event is held at the end of March or the beginning of April. Other Budapest festivals include the Museum Festival that takes place at the Hungarian National Museum and the Floralia Festival that is held in Aquincum Museum.

Budapest highlights

  • Soak in the Király Baths

    On the Buda bank, you will find four delightfully steamy pools with temperatures ranging between 26 and 40 degrees Celsius. Built in 1570 by the Turks, the baths offer an ideal outlet for relaxation, where you can also marvel at the architecture, especially a beautiful sky-lit dome. The pools are sanitary, inexpensive, and safe.

    Get a Thrill at Funfair Park

    This may be among the oldest amusement parks you will ever visit, but its rides cause adrenaline to pump nonetheless. The 150-year-old park boasts 24 exciting rides, including the Ikarus Space Needle and the Hip-Hop freefall. There are also go-karts and a merry-go-round from 1906 for the whole family to enjoy!

    Catch a Show at the Hungarian State Opera House

    Watch a performance here and revel in the perfect acoustics. The grand neo-Renaissance architecture and interior décor are beautiful; they can also be seen on a guided tour.

    Marvel at the Municipal Great Circus

    Europe’s only permanent circus is an ideal one at which to watch a performance. From Wednesday to Sunday, there are shows at 15:00, as well as additional shows on Saturday and Sunday. Kids as well as adults will love this!

    Shop for a Local Bargain

    On a Sunday, check out City Park Flea Market, a gigantic outdoor flea market. Find tons of antique treasures, including vintage records. Nearby Duna Plaza is a three-floor mall filled with 120 apparel stores. It also has a cinema that boasts 12 screens, as well as bowling and an ice-skating rink. Meanwhile, Haas & Czjzek is an ideal place to shop for exquisite porcelain and glassware, including Hungarian-made porcelain.

    Visit the National Dance Theatre

    Delight in traditional Hungarian folk dances performed by the Honved Ensemble, one of Budapest’s most talented folk dancing troupes, which is now also incorporating some modern dance into its choreography. This theatre hosts every other dance troupe in the city also, including two ballet companies.

Top Budapest attractions

  • Budapest History Museum

    See how Buda, Pest, and Obuda evolved from the 5th century all the way through the 17th century. In 1974, gothic sculptures and other artefacts were unearthed in archaeological excavations. The first floor houses the permanent exhibition: ‘Budapest in Modern Times’.

    Castle Hill

    Castle Hill is a huge plateau standing 170 meters above the Danube. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site because most of Budapest’s most valued monuments and museums, which you shouldn’t miss, are located here. You will also see the stunning Royal Palace, which is where the castle was constructed in the 13th century. Two museums now stand on the site.

    Basilica of St. Stephen

    The construction of this cathedral took many years to be completed. Its dome shattered in 1868 during a storm, requiring the entire building to be destroyed and completely rebuilt. In 1905, workers finished construction. Go to the top of the cathedral’s new dome; the view is one of the most magnificent in Budapest. Then go behind the main altar to the Holy Right Chapel, where you will see the preserved right hand, called the Holy Right (or Holy Dexter), of St. Stephen. There are guided tours in English at various times during the weekdays.

    Dreher Brewery and Beer Museum

    Check out the museum at Hungary’s largest beer producer’s brewery. Besides being allowed a tasting session, you can see how their beer has been brewed and bottled over the past centuries and watch a movie about the beer-making process.

    Holocaust Memorial Centre

    Pages from the ‘Auschwitz Album’ are displayed here. The photographs, found by a survivor after being freed, show the grisly internment and extermination of the Hungarian Jews. In 2004, the centre opened on the Hungarian Holocaust’s 60th anniversary. There is also a revitalised synagogue from 1924, which hosts exhibitions.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

  • Parliament

    The parliament building stands on the banks of the Danube River as a proud landmark of Budapest, with its domed neo-Gothic architecture that was inspired by the British Houses of Parliament.

    St. Stephen's Basilica

    This architectural marvel is the largest Hungarian monument after the parliament building. St. Stephen's Square is a spacious plaza at its front, flanked by restaurants and cafés.

    Castle Hill (Várhegy)

    The heart of medieval Budapest hosts this picturesque rock, rising 150 feet above the Danube and sighting narrow alleys, cobblestone streets and splendid classical and baroque buildings.

    Gellért Hill

    This dolomite cliff spots winding walkways leading to the top, where the Liberty Statue and a former fortress called Citadella stand.

    The Danube Promenade

    A part of UNESCO's World Heritage Program in Budapest, this promenade offers spectacular views of both Danube and Buda sides with Castle Hill and Gellért Hill.

    Hungarian State Opera House

    This magnificent 1884 structure boasts a new-Renaissance style in the semblance of Vienna Opera House. It is home to the State Ballet and the State Opera.

    Faust Wine Cellar

    Visit this romantic stone cellar of Buda Castle, and taste wines from different regions of Hungary, as well as pálinka, a traditional Hungarian fruit spirit.

    Gresham Palace

    Overlooking the Danube River is an architectural gem of the city, the splendid art-nouveau Gresham Palace. It houses the elegant Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.

    Thermal Baths

    Budapest abounds in the world-famous thermal springs, whose healing, relaxing and fun qualities are the foundations of numerous thermal baths and spas.

    City Park

    Budapest Zoo, City Lake, Amusement Park and the Széchenyi Bath are located within this sprawling green park, offering attractions for adults and children alike.

Budapest holiday travel tips

  • Arriving at the Airport

    The Ferihegy International Airport is located less than 25 kilometres south of the city centre.

    The Airport Minibus Service will take travellers directly to their hotel or hostel. Buy tickets from a desk situated in the terminal for arrivals. If you prefer to use this option when returning to the airport as well, you will need to book 24 hours ahead.

    For a taxi, you can call one of the taxi companies once you arrive. It will cost about 5,000Forint (£16).

    The most inexpensive option is to take the airport bus. From the Kőbánya-Kispest metro station, where it terminates, take the M3 to the city centre. It costs just 320Forint (£1), but will take the longest amount of time.

    Getting Around

    Taxis in Budapest are fairly inexpensive in comparison with the rest of Europe. Avoid taking a taxi without a name on its door, however; also check that there is a yellow license plate and a clearly visible photo I.D. card inside the taxi. It is generally safer and more common to pre-book a taxi over the phone—fares are usually cheaper that way than if you hail one down in the street.

    Budapest has excellent public transport. There are almost 200 buses serving the city. There are also long-distance and international buses.

    A more scenic option, which is quicker than a bus, is to take one of the city’s many trams. The most popular ones are marked with red lines on a map.

    Or you can opt for car hire in Budapest, in which case you should be at least 21 years old and have had a driver’s license for at least one year. Roads are in a satisfactory condition in major urban areas, though rural highways may be poorly lit.

Insider tips for Budapest travel

  • Két Szerecsen Cafe & Restaurant

    Have a taste of fine Hungarian cappuccino and a delicious breakfast on Andrássy út Avenue before you explore the medieval history of Budapest.

    Váci Street

    The perfect shopping excursion is at Váciutca, which boasts high-end boutiques and upscale restaurants. Váci Street is undoubtedly among the world's most beautiful pedestrian shopping streets.

    Chain Bridge

    In summer, you can take part in the yearly summer festival that is held on this mid-19th-century stone bridge that spots lion bridgeheads.

    House of Terror Museum

    Stroll through the elegant Andrássy út Avenue to this renowned museum, where the violence and injustices of the horrible Communist Era come alive.

    Central Market Hall

    This modern indoor market is a treasure trove of Hungarian culinary delicacies. Entice your taste buds with Hungarian cuisine as you shop for souvenirs.

Where to stay in Budapest

  • Budapets remains one of the more cost-friendly cities for accommodation in Europe, and there are many affordable options for a hotel in Budapest.

    The tastefully designed NH Hotel is a standout because of its soundproof windows, which create a perfectly relaxing break from the bustle of the city surrounding the hotel, which stands behind the Vigszinhaz theatre and in close proximity to Parliament. The sleek bathrooms have bathtubs and you can watch Pay-per-View films from the comfort of your plush bed. If you’re seeking activity rather than relaxation, there is an impressive fitness centre on the top floor.

    The Sofitel Chain Bridge Hotel is a fashionable, classy hotel ideally set on the banks of the Danube, within easy reach of some of the city’s best areas for shopping and entertainment. The Sofitel offers 350 of the most luxurious and beautifully decorated rooms, each with delightful views of the city.

    The City Ring Hotel is a clean and comfortable haven for travellers. Centrally located, it provides a hearty breakfast buffet, free Internet and air-conditioned rooms. The staff is also happy to assist you in arranging tours and outings.

    The Alta Moda Fashion Hotel is beautiful and brand new. Its four-star luxury features classic Italian design and has clearly been arranged with guests’ complete comfort and satisfaction in mind, as evidenced by some special anti-allergen rooms as well as rooms designed expressly for female travellers. The Alta Moda also features a spa and sauna, a restaurant for your dining convenience, and a fitness centre.

Budapest restaurants

  • On a cold day, a thick hot cocoa from Bobek (Kazinczy u. 53) will warm your spirit. Roland Torok, the owner, has a knack for delicious concoctions that runs in his family; he began working in the family café at six years old. Besides the famous hot cocoa, this charming café is known for its hearty soups and sandwiches. Note that you cannot use cards to pay for food here, so bring enough cash.

    For a fusion of Hungarian and Continental cuisines, try Csalogany 26 (Csalogany u. 26), a casual trattoria. Try the cold tomato gazpacho with walnuts and the delightful guinea hen with spinach. For something to sip on, sample one of Hungary’s superb and undervalued varietals, of which the wine list is full.

    For fine dining at a reasonable price, head to Costes (Raday utca 4). Don’t miss the delectable kohlrabi cream soup, and if your taste buds are feeling adventurous, try the blue cheese ice cream paired with a spicy granita. There is also a tasting menu, complete with well-considered wine pairings.

    For traditional dishes with a contemporary twist, Dio (Sas u. 4) is a perfect choice. Since it opened in 2007, it has become known as one of Budapest’s best restaurants. Try the breaded mangalica with ginger home fries served with a scrumptious soup of tomato and cilantro. Other traditional Hungarian dishes have been cleverly modified into tapas.

    For Jewish/Mediterranean/Hungarian cuisine, stop in at Koleves (Kazinczy u. 35). The portions are grand, so bring a huge appetite for roast goose leg, hummus with pita bread and vegetables, matzo ball soup, and Jewish matzo cake.

Health & Safety

  • Vaccinations and Hygiene

    There are no required vaccinations for entry in Budapest, but boosters for basic vaccinations such as tetanus and polio are strongly recommended.

    A rabies vaccination is not essential, but after an animal bite or scratch you must always seek medical advice as the disease is prevalent in some areas.

    Accidents or Health Problems

    The water in Budapest is potable, but in more rural areas it is best to stick to bottle water.

    The health infrastructure is adequate, but there is a lack of facilities, especially outside of the city.

    In an emergency, dial 112 for police, firefighters, and ambulances.

    Safety

    Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or carrying large quantities of cash, especially after dark. Do not leave personal belongings in parked cars.

    Do not go to a bar or nightclub that has been recommended by a taxi driver, because your fare will be higher.

    Don’t lose sight of your credit card when using it to pay for anything, and be especially cautious when drawing money out of a public cash machine.

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