Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating nightlife increasingly appreciated among Eu... more

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. With a unique, youthful atmosphere, world-class classical music scene as well as a pulsating nightlife increasingly appreciated among European youth, and last but not least, an exceptional offer of natural thermal baths, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to the exceedingly scenic setting, and its architecture it is nicknamed "Paris of the East". The local pronunciation can be approximated by "boo-dah-pesht". In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.

Travelers are quickly recognising the appeal of Budapest, with tourism accounting for approximately 2.7 million visitors per year. Consisting of two cities with different flavours, Buda on the west bank of the Danube River and Pest on the east bank, Budapest offers travellers a unique atmosphere influenced by Viennese and Parisian architecture. Hungarians are proud of what their beautiful capital has to offer and its contributions to European culture, especially in the field of music, and sciences. They also take some pride in their language which is unrelated to languages of the Indo-European family such as English, French or Russian. While e.g. Finnish is a distant relative to Hungarian, these two branches of the Uralic family are estimated to have diverged a few thousands years ago, and no communication between them is possible.

For those with a reasonable budget, Budapest offers a rather high quality of life. The offered range in terms of culture, cuisine, and general 'vibe' is comparable to other major European cities (see. dedicated sections), while prices are lower, influenced by salaries of the locals.

Budapest offers a truly exceptional density of thermal springs and its fame is still rising as a major European Spa location - so go "bathing". The baths are among last vestige of Turkish culture in Budapest; some baths indeed date back to Turkish times. However, Hungarians have modified and moulded this tradition into something of their own during the last four centuries.

Thermal baths contain several thermal pools. They are usually complemented with multiple steam baths (in later decades also denoted by the Finnish word 'sauna'), massage services and other therapies including drinking cures. Unlike in some Scandinavian or German baths, Budapest baths mostly require you to wear your bathing suit! Among foreigners, Russians seem to be most frequent visitors to Budapest's baths, followed by Italians and Americans.

Hugarian cuisine and restaurant experiences are happily remembered by visitors, even if the Hungarian diet may seem rather meat-based to many western visitors. The city has large variety of great places to eat at prices quite reasonable for western-Europeans. Like in some other cities, a number of restaurants see tourists as scapegoats. It is a good idea to avoid restaurants in the heart of the most touristic areas like Váci utca, especially if all customers seem foreigners - here you'll more likely than not be served mediocre food with a high bill padded with number of bizarre charges. In some restaurants anything you don't explicitly ask for, but appears on your table, is likely to be charged for. Don't take restaurant tips from suspicious individuals on the streets, ask at your hotel or local friends.

 

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On offer is high quality food and great service, but try not to decide upon a favourite dish too quickly; the menu changes regularly in accordance with the food that's in season. It's a popular place, so reservations are highly recommended. 

  Rather than evoking the past we would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. And we want to achieve this with your help. We can only provide the "scenery", the delicate ambience,...

  Baraka, located just down the street from Heroes Square and the city gardens, is a well known destination for food lovers looking for a gourmet meal and down to earth service.  Chef Norbert Biro’s take on French Asian fusion cuisine shows ...

Our aim is to offer a wide range of diverse meals made of fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu includes something tasty for everyone as well as a daily menu selection. Let us not forget about pasta – our excellent homemade pasta made on the spot. Mo...

he cuisine of the restaurant deliberately gives a miss to the courses of the uniform intercontinental cuisine. The menu consists of “folk” dishes from all over the world. Our offer is renewed from season to season and contains courses made from prim...

Its setting enhances its romantic atmosphere, creating a perfect venue for a date with a loved one. The menu is eclectic, ranging from traditional Hungarian food to exotic Asian dishes, and children are also well catered for; even vegetarians will f...

This venue pulls in music lovers with its schedule of blues, swing, salsa, funk, disco and more — basically, any music you can dance to. Even those who prefer more contemporary, mainstream music are catered for, with a juicy selection of DJ nights a...

  At the foot of Chain Bridge, just in front of the Buda Castle you can find on the Danube a specially designed, 75-metre-long boat restaurant, called Spoon, open the whole year. In winter we welcome our visitors in 3 different restaurants a...

Jam Pub is a bustling music bar that attracts a colourful mix of locals, tourists and expatriates with its solid food menu and its range of music. 

A38 is something of an institution in the city largely due to the fact it is an old Ukranian stone-carrier ship. The vessel is moored on the Buda side of the Danube, next to the Petõfi bridge, and its popularity lies in the fact it caters for an imp...

It offers cozy, air-conditioned bars, which, as required each day of the week, but especially from Wednesday to Saturday, from a wide variety of programs, promotions and great drinks offers. 

The old building of the Casino and the spacious garden that goes with it combine to a new but still uniquely bright spot in the culturally entertaining life of Budapest. This means a great opportunity for Holdudvar to grow really big and Holdudvar j...

The Irish Cat (Flenn O'Brian) is inspired by a story floating around here of a winged cat who carries the souls of the damned about. He delivers them to continue with impunity their fun-loving ways after they have passed on. According to many ancien...

Bar Soho London wide selection of drinks to our guests in the Soho section of London Pub, where the atmosphere speaks for itself. The long bar, the original "Soho London Style 'tables and chairs, karaoke parties, friends recall the unforgettable exp...

Elegant, timeless interiors, high-quality materials and unique implementations, which reflected the mood of the club 30'as's gentry. A restaurant, bar and nightclub, where every detail suggests that it is worth to come back on and, where special tre...

Things do to in Budapest

Memento Park offers an exciting travelling back in time, forgotten statues of the communist dictatorship from behind the Iron Curtain. Gigantism, waving comrades, Stalin’s boots, and the Red Army soldiers. Exhibition of the 1956 revolution and 1989-...

Budapest is a unique city in more than one ways. For those who love spa and wellness, it is unique for being the only large city in the world, which abounds in fountains of healing water. 70 million liters of 21-78 Celsius warm thermal water spring ...

The Hungarian National Gallery is the largest public collection documenting and presenting the rise and development of the fine arts in Hungary. It has operated as an independent institution since 1957. The Hungarian National Gallery moved to its pr...

Matthias Church is a church located in Budapest, Hungary, at the heart of Buda's Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic styl...

Hősök tere is one of the major squares of Budapest, Hungary, rich with historic and political connotations. Its iconic statue complex, the Millennium Memorial, was completed in 1900, the same year the square was named "Heroes' Square"

Museums of our day strive to wholly introduce science, history, and arts, their main goal being the service of the public. The museum today is not only a temple of science and arts, but a vital organ of education, which teaches and entertains at the...

Margaret Island

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Margaret Island is a 2.5 km (1.6 mi) long island, 500 metres (550 yards) wide, (0.965 km² (225 acres) in area) in the middle of the Danube in central Budapest, Hungary. It belongs administratively to the 13th district. The island is mostly covered b...

Szentendre is a town where everyone can feel at home. Already a trademark has cobblestone streets, the air rising spiers, museums and exhibitions, Szentendre Summer, the museum and the natural wonders and a treasure that unique and unforgettable exp...

The Vaci Utca in Budapest is the most touristic street in the city and percieved as the city centre. From the Grand Market Hall in the south of the Vaci Utca to the Cafe Gerbeaud at the northern end you find many hotels, a lot of restaurants and of ...

Budapest Nightlife

This venue pulls in music lovers with its schedule of blues, swing, salsa, funk, disco and more — basically, any music you can dance to. Even those who prefer more contemporary, mainstream music are catered for, with a juicy selection of DJ nights a...

Jam Pub is a bustling music bar that attracts a colourful mix of locals, tourists and expatriates with its solid food menu and its range of music. 

A38 is something of an institution in the city largely due to the fact it is an old Ukranian stone-carrier ship. The vessel is moored on the Buda side of the Danube, next to the Petõfi bridge, and its popularity lies in the fact it caters for an imp...

It offers cozy, air-conditioned bars, which, as required each day of the week, but especially from Wednesday to Saturday, from a wide variety of programs, promotions and great drinks offers. 

The old building of the Casino and the spacious garden that goes with it combine to a new but still uniquely bright spot in the culturally entertaining life of Budapest. This means a great opportunity for Holdudvar to grow really big and Holdudvar j...

The Irish Cat (Flenn O'Brian) is inspired by a story floating around here of a winged cat who carries the souls of the damned about. He delivers them to continue with impunity their fun-loving ways after they have passed on. According to many ancien...

Bar Soho London wide selection of drinks to our guests in the Soho section of London Pub, where the atmosphere speaks for itself. The long bar, the original "Soho London Style 'tables and chairs, karaoke parties, friends recall the unforgettable exp...

Elegant, timeless interiors, high-quality materials and unique implementations, which reflected the mood of the club 30'as's gentry. A restaurant, bar and nightclub, where every detail suggests that it is worth to come back on and, where special tre...

Budapest Dining

25 years ago, nobody would have thought that Budapest, the capital of Hungary, would have as many burger joints as it has today. In the height of political and military dominance competition between the USSR and USA, anything American was looked upon w...

On offer is high quality food and great service, but try not to decide upon a favourite dish too quickly; the menu changes regularly in accordance with the food that's in season. It's a popular place, so reservations are highly recommended. 

  Rather than evoking the past we would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. And we want to achieve this with your help. We can only provide the "scenery", the delicate ambience,...

  Baraka, located just down the street from Heroes Square and the city gardens, is a well known destination for food lovers looking for a gourmet meal and down to earth service.  Chef Norbert Biro’s take on French Asian fusion cuisine shows ...

Our aim is to offer a wide range of diverse meals made of fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu includes something tasty for everyone as well as a daily menu selection. Let us not forget about pasta – our excellent homemade pasta made on the spot. Mo...

he cuisine of the restaurant deliberately gives a miss to the courses of the uniform intercontinental cuisine. The menu consists of “folk” dishes from all over the world. Our offer is renewed from season to season and contains courses made from prim...

Its setting enhances its romantic atmosphere, creating a perfect venue for a date with a loved one. The menu is eclectic, ranging from traditional Hungarian food to exotic Asian dishes, and children are also well catered for; even vegetarians will f...

  At the foot of Chain Bridge, just in front of the Buda Castle you can find on the Danube a specially designed, 75-metre-long boat restaurant, called Spoon, open the whole year. In winter we welcome our visitors in 3 different restaurants a...