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Arresting architecture and beautiful boulevards have earned Budapest the title, ‘The Paris of the East’. However, a rawer, rougher kind of beauty presides here. You only need to scratch the surface to discover the urban grit of this former communist state. Straddling the Danube River, Budapest is a dual city, with the two towns of Buda (west of the river) and Pest (along the east) united in 1873 to create one thriving Hungarian hub. By day, delve into the city history on a Budapest tour and learn about life behind the Iron Curtain, or ride the funicular up to Budapest History Museum on Castle Hill for breathtaking city views. For a more relaxed day out, a dip in one of the city’s 15 bathhouses or a stroll along the UNESCO World Heritage site Danube River, should do nicely. All done with your Budapest day trips? The city comes alive at night as locals head to the grungy-chic Jewish quarter to sip on local spirits in ancient ruin bars.

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Things to do in Budapest

  • Our tips for Budapest

    Our tips for Budapest
    • Ditch the diet – Hungary’s gloriously indulgent gastronomy is calling. On your Budapest tours, be sure to tuck into a steaming serving of ghoulash, – a traditional beef, potato and vegetable laden stew topped with Nokedli (small Hungarian dumplings) – or a freshly baked Lángos (quite literally fried dough) smothered with sour cream and cheese. Don’t forget to wash it down with a shot of Palinka.
    • Go to wreck and ruin… literally. The only thing Hungarians do better than eat is drink. One of the best things to do in Budapest is going to party in one of the city’s many ruin pubs. Experience the capital’s edgy nightlife in the decayed courtyards and Roman ruins turned drinking holes.
    • Spa central. You won’t be hard-pressed to find a bathhouse on your Budapest day tours. Our favourites are the grandiose Gellert and the beautiful baroque baths of Széchenyi. Head to these Budapest attractions early in the morning to beat the crowds.
  • Good to know

    Good to know
    Best Time To Visit Plan your Budapest sightseeing trip during April to September for the best weather. A visit in August means you’ll catch the Sziget Festival, an open-air pop and rock festival known as the “Hungarian Woodstock”.
    Getting Around Navigating Budapest can prove testing. Keep these top tips handy so you can get around with ease…
    • Boasting the oldest metro system in the world after London’s Metropolitan Line and excellent tram and bus systems, public transport in Budapest is incredibly efficient.
    • When considering what to do in Budapest, we recommend buying a day pass which grants admission to all travel services for 24 hours for only spend only 3,900 Forint (around 10 GBP).
    Stay Safe Budapest is a relatively safe city. Keep these travel tips in tow so your trip can go off without a hitch…
    • In case of emergency, dial 107 for the local police or 438 8080 for a 24-hour English speaking service.
    • Avoid unmarked taxis.
    • Be wary of pickpockets especially in popular tourist areas or on public transport.
    • Avoid walking alone at night.

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