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Budapest, Hungary's capital, is divided by the Danube River. Its Chain Bridge, built in the nineteenth century, connects the mountainous Buda district to the flat Pest district. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda's Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum depicts city life from the Roman era to the present. The 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen's Bastion, which offer panoramic views, are in Trinity Square.
Budapest provides scenic city views; enjoy a drink at one of the city's rooftop bars while overlooking the views. Alternatively, see Budapest from a different angle and take a boat tour through the river Danube. See the Hungarian Parliament Building, often recognized as the Parliament of Budapest because of its location, and the seat of Hungary's National Assembly. This is a well-known landmark in the country and a popular tourist site in Budapest.
This beautiful city can be enjoyed by all age groups, there truly is something for everyone in Budapest!
Ryanair offers flights from Dublin to Budapest daily, and offers flights from Shannon airport twice a week!
To learn more about things to do in Budapest, the best time to go and local info see here.
Ruin bars are popular night-time destinations for tourists. Ruin bars are simple settings where you may get a drink and a bite to eat or dance all night. They are usually found in Budapest's Jewish District. Likewise, try a Sparty, which is wildly popular. This is a renowned Saturday night out that takes place from February through December. Explorers from all over the world gather at the famed Széchenyi Bath for the one and only bath party.
The local cuisine includes traditional Jewish meals and popular Hungarian dishes like Goulash. Alternatively, you can choose from more familiar dishes like Italian, Chinese and your favourite fast-food restaurants.
Budapest is a very family friendly city. There is Tarzan Park which is a big attraction for young children who enjoy massive playgrounds with loads to do! Afterwards, go for a bite to eat in the Zoo café, where parents can enjoy a cuppa while the kids are mesmerised by the zoo animals sharing the table with them. If they really love that why not visit the Bear sanctuary too! .
Budapest has it all when it comes to shopping! You can find high street retailers like H&M, Zara, and Pull&Bear at the Fashion Street outdoor centre as well as luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Rolex if you really feel like treating yourself!
Sziget Festival is the event of the year in Budapest. The summer music festival has hosted the likes of Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, and Justin Bieber, while also having the choice of enjoying other genres of music with the likes of Denis Sulta, Tame Impala, and Sam Fender. Sziget Festival will happen in the month of August every year. You can enjoy this multi-day festival in the comfort of your own tent or upgrade to a glamping style village. There is plenty of accommodation to choose from!
The best time to visit depends entirely on your preferences and what you want to see and do while in this beautiful city. It is highly recommended to bring appropriate clothing during the winter months, as temperatures can dip as low as -6°C; yet this is the ideal season to visit the Széchenyi thermal baths as these pools can achieve temperatures of up to 38°C! During the summer, temperatures can approach 30°C, making it ideal weather for boat trips, ruin bars and learning about the history of neo-gothic structures like Buda Castle!
The Hungarian Forint, abbreviated as HUF, is the currency in use in Budapest. It is strongly advised that you switch your currency because you will achieve better value for your money! The exchange feature on Revolut is ideal for this.
Budapest is 1 hour ahead of Ireland. (GMT +1)
You can use the Taxi app ‘Bolt’ to get around the city of Budapest, but if you want to save coins, everything you need and want to see is within walking distance of each other.