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Budapest

Budapest, known as the 'Queen of the Danube', is a magnificent city exuding a cultural sophistication that entices and enchants. Gracing both sides of the legendary river with grand historic buildings, regal bridges and graceful tree-lined boulevards, it is the city's elegant beauty and romantic atmosphere that has given Budapest Parisian status among the Eastern European countries.

Budapest offers the visitor the familiarity of European culture with a distinct Hungarian flavour. It is evident in the neo-Gothic Parliament buildings, sidewalk cafes and Magyar cuisine; classical concerts and Hungarian folk music; the cobbled streets of medieval neighbourhoods and shady parks, and everywhere the sounds of an unfamiliar language. Highlights for visitors include a river cruise on the Danube and a thermal bath in one of the Turkish-era bathhouses.

Budapest was originally two cities built on either side of the Danube, namely Buda and Pest. The two districts are still distinct in their contrasting makeup, with the older and more charming Buda comprising of atmospheric cobbled streets, little picturesque coloured houses and a medieval, neo-Classical mixture of architecture set among the gentle hills of the west bank. It is famous for its historic Castle Hill featuring the Royal Palace, museums and galleries, St Matthias Church and the ramparts of Fisherman's Bastion.

Pest lies on a flat plain and is the commercial core of the city. It bustles with fashionable shopping areas and has characteristically wide, leafy boulevards. Andr
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Currency

Hungarian Forint (HUF)
 

Climate

With the Alps to the west and the flat, open Great Plain to the east, Budapest has warm summers and bitterly cold winters, with plenty of rain all year round. Winters are fairly short, the very cold weather arriving in mid-December, usually cloudy and damp with odd bright sunny days and frequent, but light, snow. In summer, from April to September, Budapest has a high proportion of sunny, warm days with relatively high humidity, the sun shining for about 10 hours a day.
 

Airports

Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD)
 

Top hotels in Budapest

Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The 5-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard offers free access to its Royal Spa, 3 restaurants, an elegant café and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue and the Oktogon metro…
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The 5-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard offers free access to its Royal Spa, 3 restaurants, an elegant café and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue and the Oktogon metro…
Corinthia Hotel Budapest
The 5-star Corinthia Hotel Budapest on the Grand Boulevard offers free access to its Royal Spa, 3 restaurants, an elegant café and free Wi-Fi in all rooms. The UNESCO-protected Andrassy Avenue and the Oktogon metro…
7Seasons Apartments Budapest
The 7Seasons Apartments offers you spacious 1- to 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Budapest, only 100 metres from Deak Ferenc tér, which is a major public transport hub. Wireless internet access is available in…
7Seasons Apartments Budapest
The 7Seasons Apartments offers you spacious 1- to 3-bedroom apartments in the heart of Budapest, only 100 metres from Deak Ferenc tér, which is a major public transport hub. Wireless internet access is available in…
Continental Hotel Zara
The 4-star-superior Hotel Zara opened in 2010 at the former site of Hungaria Bath, a protected Art Nouveau building. It offers a 150 m² rooftop garden with outdoor and indoor pools. All rooms come with…
Eurostars Budapest Center
The elegant Eurostars Budapest Center opened in 2010, and is situated within a 3-minute stroll of the National Museum, the Great Synagogue and the Astoria Metro Station. Each room features sleek interior design and free…
Eurostars Budapest Center
The elegant Eurostars Budapest Center opened in 2010, and is situated within a 3-minute stroll of the National Museum, the Great Synagogue and the Astoria Metro Station. Each room features sleek interior design and free…
Trendy Deluxe Apartments
Set only 100 metres from the Deak Ferenc ter public transportation hub, Trendy Deluxe Apartments is located in the very heart of Budapest’s historic Old Town. It offers free Wi-Fi. As the building is situated…
Danubius Hotel Gellért
Built in wonderful Art Nouveau-style and opened in 1918, the impressive Gellért hotel shares the building with the world-famous Gellért Spa. The Danubius Hotel Gellért is situated at the banks of the Danube river, at…