Introducing the city

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About Budapest

Budapest is a city that combines old world charm with a modern, creative vibe. Nicknamed the 'Paris of the East', it has, in recent years, become one of the hippest and most sought-after destinations in the world.

Hungarians claim that Budapest has the answer to cure any hangover and with pints cheaper than water in many of the city's bars, let's hope they're right. The city has more thermal waters than any other capital in the world and a dip in the hot springs (according to the locals) is the best thing after a few too many beers. Combine this good news with the city's laid-back scene and varied attractions, it's no wonder people are so hungry for the Hungarian capital.

It's estimated that 20% of Hungary's population live in Budapest which accounts for around 1.8 million residents. It's a city rich in history and culture, packed with age-old sights, heritage buildings and grand architecture. The nightlife will have you partying hard in the many bars while the city's position alongside the Buda Hills and Danube River makes for romantic views from one of the glorious bridges. Budapest - buzzing, sparky and unique in its own right - should be on every city-breaker's bucket list, even if it is just to test the hangover healing baths.

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When Should You Visit?

To avoid the crowds, stay away from the summer holiday months of July and August and opt for June or September instead. However if music's your thing, August sees one of the biggest festivals in Europe (Sziget) hit Budapest for a week long party.

The contrast between summer and winter is huge. While heavy snow is expected in the months of December-February, highs of 28 degrees Celsius are common in July and August. Spring and autumn are pleasant, with many days of clear skies and warm days averaging at around 20 degrees Celsius.

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Travioor top tips

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Sziget Fest
Wander on Foot

Insider Info

  • Purchase a Budapest Card to save a bundle on attractions and get unlimited public transport around the city.

  • If you're planning to mix with the party crowd and take advantage of the cheap booze, check out Sziget in August which runs for a week and is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe.

  • Exploring a district on foot can be one of the best ways to see authentic Hungary. You'll stumble across tiny streets with culinary gems and local attractions while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas.

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Food and drink

Main Course £4.26 | 1,500.00 Ft

3-Course Meal £22.74 | 8,000.00 Ft

Cappuccino £1.09 | 383.16 Ft

Beer £1.14 | 400.00 Ft

The Scene

Hungarian cuisine has a reputation for being heavy, delicious and rich in flavour. It combines eastern spice with western traditions and Budapest is one of Hungary's best city's to experience these unique local flavours. In the 16th century, the Turkish brought paprika to Hungary and you're likely to find it in various dishes including (delicious) Hortobágy style pancakes. As well as the range of restaurants, Viennese coffee houses serve up a delicious selection of pastries and sweet treats. 'Gerbeaud' is Budapest's most famous; get there early if you're planning a tea time visit.

When it comes to nightlife, Budapest is renowned for cheap booze, late nights and, subsequently, plenty of weekending stag and hen parties. Pubs, bars and an array of clubs cater for all tastes and many offer a fantastic line up of live music. Did we mention that beer is often cheaper than water? Opt for local brews such as Soproni or Dreher, which are a long-standing hit with beer guzzling tourists. Alternatively, a dinner and a cruise along the Danube is always a winner with romancing couples.

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History

Budapest’s Story

Millennia ago, the Romans moved into the area and began to amass their military forces, beginning a longstanding battle for power in the region. The 15th century saw Buda (then a separate town) become the political, cultural and artistic centre of contemporary Europe, which expanded even further during the 16th century when the Turkish Empire arrived (Turkish baths can still be seen across the city today). In 1867 the Hungarian-Austrian Monarchy was established and the smaller cities of Buda, Pest and Óbuda finally merged to form the modern day city of current times.

When Budapest became a metropolitan hub at the end of the 19th century, many developments gave new life to the city and its increasing population meant it could compete with the neighbouring Austrian capital, Vienna. Although WWII saw much of the city destroyed, the Hungarians spent some eight years rebuilding and redeveloping. Today, it stands as the country's commercial, political and cultural hub.

Language

Szervusz (servoos) | Hello
Köszönöm (kers-ern-erm) | Thank you

Hungarian

The primary language of Budapest is Hungarian although in touristy areas, most people have at least a basic understanding of English. You may also hear the older generation speaking German and/or Russian. If you'd like to learn some simple Hungarian before you go, we've listed some examples below:

  • Goodbye: Viszontlátásra (vees-ont-la-tash-ro)
  • Do you speak English?: Beszél angolul? (beh-sail awn-goal-ool?)

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Need to know

+36 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • People usually tip 10-15% in the city's restaurants. 
  • Don't forget your swimwear given the amount of thermal spas and baths here.
  • Hungary’s currency is the Hungarian Forint.
  • Public transport runs late into the night and taxis can be very expensive.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Hungary here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Castle Hill

Explore the medieval monuments and museums at Castle Hill home to Buda Castle.

2. Thermal Baths

Take a dip in some of the city's hot springs; Budapest has more thermal baths than any other capital in the world.

3. Architecture

View incredible architecture at attractions such as the Parliament building.

4. Danube Promenade

Stroll and people watch along the picturesque Danube Promenade.

5. City Bar Crawl

Take advantage of the cheap booze in Budapest's bars and clubs.


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