Make sure you’re rested up before you visit Budapest, because there is a simply staggering amount to do in this beautiful bustling city. A home to the Romans, Ottomans and of course the Hungarian Empires, many were drawn by the hot springs which were utilised by all to heat baths which are still used today. The stunning Széchenyi Baths has 15 indoor pools and three outdoor pools and its toasty 38°C crystal clear water is still used by residents today. Many of the city’s famous sights are concentrated on Castle Hill which overlooks the mighty Danube River. The Royal Palace is the most impressive, a gigantic regal building first established in the 13th century which contains two important museums as well as a the National Széchenyi Library. A trip to the top of Gellert Hill gives visitors an unrivalled view of the several bridges which cross the Danube and connect the two sides of the city. The Chain Bridge is the most impressive of these, decorated with cast iron and guarded by huge stone lion statues. The Parliament building is truly the crown jewel of the city, a combination of Renaissance and Gothic Revival architecture on a truly gargantuan size. One of Europe’s oldest, and one of the world’s largest, legislative buildings in the world towers dramatically over the Danube.
Where is it?
Budapest lays either side of the river Danube, in the centre of Hungary.
What is it?
Nicknamed the "Paris of the East" Budapest is a combination of three cities, Buda and Óbuda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank, which were unified of in 1873. Its strategic location on the Danube has made it a key location for many of Europe’s most important empires.
Best time to visit?
Visit from March to May to avoid the busiest summer visiting numbers, as well as well as the sometimes exhausting summer heat.
Trinity Square is home to the striking 13th-century Matthias Church as well as the imposing turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, both of which offer sweeping views of the city.