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Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and an incredibly popular tourist destination in Europe. The city is split in two by the river Danube which is both classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the second longest river in Europe. Steeped in history, Budapest boasts an abundance of museums, monuments, and over 120 hot springs!
History buffs flock to this city thanks to the variety of attractions to keep them occupied. From the deeply moving Holocaust Memorial Centre to the spectacular Hungarian Parliament Building, a trip to Budapest is one you won’t ever forget! Living up to its nickname of ‘The City of Baths’, Budapest has countless thermal baths from a range of eras – some date back to the 16th century. Open all year round, Széchenyi is the largest and most popular bath to visit.
Budapest makes for the perfect family city break with pools to play in, museums and caves to explore, and the children’s railway to ride. Meanwhile, couples will adore a romantic getaway here with its beautiful neo-gothic buildings, relaxing baths, and quaint restaurants to enjoy.
You’ll never find yourself bored in Budapest thanks to its array of cultural attractions for you to visit.
Budapest is known for its iconic Ruin Bars. These are located in the old Jewish quarter’s abandoned buildings and inside you’ll find a trendy courtyard with large crowds and an artsy, laid-back atmosphere.
Along the Danube River you’ll find a variety of restaurants serving traditional Hungarian food such as Goulash. There are even some restaurant boats you can try out too! As a cosmopolitan city, it has a range of cuisines, serving anything from Italian to Chinese food.
The Fisherman’s Bastion is a great visit for families. Looking like it came straight from a Disney film, it will captivate children whilst parents can enjoy the spectacular view of the city below. If the little ones want a break from sightseeing, you can never go wrong with the zoo or the tropicarium!
If you’re looking for high street favourites, head to Váci Street where you’ll find brands like Zara and H&M. For local produce, the Central Market Hall will have what you need, from vegetables and meats to delicious wine.
In April every year, Budapest hosts its biggest event, the Spring Festival. During this period there are classical, opera, and jazz concerts as well as theatrical and ballet performances taking place in over 40 venues!
Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit Budapest as there are fewer crowds and temperatures range between 10-20 degrees. The Winter is also a great time to visit, with the incredible Christmas Market taking place. However temperatures can reach lows of -4 degrees so remember to bring warm clothes! Summer is hot but also wet, and attractions will be quite crowded due to it being peak tourist season.
Budapest uses Hungarian Forint.
Budapest is 1 hour ahead of Ireland.
Every week there are direct flights from Cork and Dublin to Budapest with a flight time of around 3 hours. From the airport you can get to the city centre within 40-70 minutes with a private or shuttle transfer. Getting around Budapest is very easy, with 24-hour buses, taxis, trams, and the metro at your service.