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Budapest City Guide

The twin capitals, these two Hungarian cities offer visitors stunning views and impressive buildings dating back centuries, gorgeous cuisine and an incredibly storied history. The older of the two cities, Buda, sits on the west side, while and Pest on the east side. In between flows the Danube, sometimes quiet and at other times, raging, with the two cities linked by the great Chain Bridge. With the Castle of Buda and Andrassy Boulevard declared a World Heritage Site, the city is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The history of the city goes back to Roman times. On the Buda side you can see Aquincum, an excavation of an ancient Roman garrison in the Óbuda district, just north of the city centre. The district of Buda Castle is situated in the heart of the city and there you will find the colorful Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom). The Buda Castle (Budai var) itself sits high on a hill in the west and when lit up at night, it is the most recognizable part of the Budapest skyline.

A few minutes away on Gellert Hill is another imposing building, the Citadella: a fortress that has seen a lot of struggle over the centuries. Also on Gellert Hill you will find the Statue of Liberty (Szabadság szobor), which was established there to celebrate the liberation from the Nazis during World War II.

Explore the interesting attractions near the City Park (Varosliget) on the eastern side of the area. In Heroes' Square (Hosok Tere), the founders and defenders of the city throughout are honored. In this neighbourhood you'll also find the Museum of Fine Arts (Szépmüvészeti Múzeum), and a lake alongside the park's romantic Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyad vara).

Also on the Pest side you will find interesting cultural attractions, such as the Hungarian National Museum (Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum), National Theatre (Nemzeti Színház) and the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz). Budapest has birthed and been called home by a great number of famous artists, writers and composers.

Budapest is a city where you can get anywhere easily by foot or car. The western Buda is hilly, and the eastern Pest is flat. The city also has a great public transport network, so shouldn’t be hard to traverse. The subway system, one of the oldest in Europe, is more than 100 years old and is still in operation. There are also numerous bus tours as well as cruises on the Danube and you can even rent a Segway.


Guide to Exploring Budapest


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Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Erzsebet krt 43-49, Budapest
4.8
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Impressive landmark building with imposing Neo-classical façade and soaring glass atrium, set on Pest's busy Erzsébet Avenue, and housing shops, a spa, ballroom and conference centre.

€101
K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

K+K Hotel Opera Budapest

Revay Utca 24, Budapest
4.6
of 5, from 826 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Built in the 1990s, this marble-floored hotel sits on a residential street behind Andrassy Ut, one of Budapest's main thoroughfares, within 500 metres of St Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square, and next to the Opera House.

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Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge

Szechenyi Istvan ter 2, Budapest
4.6
of 5, from 912 reviews
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This Budapest hotel is located at the foot of the Chain Bridge, offering views of the Royal Castle Hill and the Danube river.

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Airport Hotel Budapest

Airport Hotel Budapest

Lorinci u. 130/a, Vecses
4.2
of 5, from 244 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Nepliget, MindQuest, and PANiQ-Room. Arena Plaza Shopping Mall and Hungarian National Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

€101
Hotel Moments Budapest

Hotel Moments Budapest

Andrássy út 8., Budapest
4.9
of 5, from 244 reviews
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Located in Andrassy, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Andrassy Avenue, Hungarian State Opera House, and Gozsdu Courtyard. St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohany Street Synagogue are also within 10 minutes.

Opera Apartments

Opera Apartments

Terez Krt 19, Budapest
3.3
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Located in Andrassy, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Oktogon and Hungarian State Opera House. St. Stephen's Basilica and Heroes' Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

€114
Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Hotel Palazzo Zichy

Lorinc Pap Ter 2, Budapest
4.8
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Known for its friendly and gracious service, this boutique hotel is on the Pest side of Budapest, in the historical Palace Quarter. The Museum of Applied Arts is 3 blocks away, and the Hungarian National Museum is about a 5-minute walk. Grand Boulevard is nearby.

€165
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Erzsébet Tér 7-8, Budapest
4.7
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Amidst leafy boulevards and imperial edifices, the hotel is a half-kilometer (a quarter-mile) from St Stephen's Basilica, and one km (a half-mile) from the National Gallery.

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