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Book your break to good-looking Budapest, where the Danube River flows past a suave collection of UNESCO Heritage Sites. Browse boutiques on Váci Street, find hip cafes in the Józsefváros district, and unwind in the city’s thermal baths.

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Amalgamated into one city in 1873, Buda and Pest are connected by the Chain Bridge. You could argue that they’re yin and yang. On the western bank, Buda’s leafy suburbia slopes into the hills, while Buda Castle looks down on the river. Pest is the opposite. Pubs, restaurants and the city’s famous ruin bars buzz once the sun goes down. European-style dishes – platters of cold cuts, cheeses and breads to share – are common, or you can try a bowl of steaming goulash. The wines here are seriously good, too, even if the rustic wine bars may not always seem really inviting. Ride the 19th-century trams along the Danube, and hop off to sample glasses of rich Egri Bikavér, crisp Juhfark and sweet Tokaji – a wine tour is as good a way as any to see Budapest.

Things to do in Budapest

Beautiful Buildings

Budapest looks great from all angles, from its old-world bathhouses to its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. But you’ll also spot story-telling scars sustained in World War Two and the city’s 1956 uprising under communism – bullet holes and shrapnel pockmark Zoltan Street. The city’s history doesn’t detract from its beauty, though. Buda Castle is a hive of activity with food, drink and cultural festivals. It houses the National Gallery and Budapest History Museum, too. Other must-sees include the Great Market Hall – a decadent building buzzing inside with the daily goings on – and St Matthias Church. Perched on a hill, this striking church has a dazzling roof, adorned with multi-coloured tiles. But Budapest’s most impressive sight is the Hungarian Parliament Building. Perfectly symmetrical, this vast structure sits right on the river – take a cruise down the Danube for the best view.

 

Budapest Baths

Hungarians have been bathing here since the Roman times and, although none of the bathhouses date back that far, the bathing heritage is palpable. Chat to local in the Gellert Baths, prune your skin in one of Széchenyi Baths’ 18 pools, or soak in the authentic 16th-century Ottaman Király Baths. Serious bathers make for the Lukács Baths. They were monastery baths back in the 12th century, before being converted into a ‘water hospital’ in the Seventies. The geothermal waters are said to possess healing powers for locomotive diseases. There’s also a Himalayan Salt Room for curing respiratory problems, and a Weight Bath to provide aqua therapy for spinal injuries. Have a look at all your options before selecting your favourite bathhouse. Most of them no longer separate genders, and you can visit in summer or winter – there are outdoor and indoor options.

 

Riverside Hotels

If you can’t decide between in-the-thick-of-it Pest or laidback Buda, go straight down the middle and book a hotel near the river. That way, you’ll be close enough to both sides of the city. Plus, you’ll have views of the Danube and Budapest’s signature architecture along the embankment. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is itself a landmark of the Danube. Built in 1906, it’s been painfully restored to its former glory in the aftermath of the communist regime and is now the height of extravagance. It’s the benchmark for Hungarian luxury, with Art Nouveau décor, a peacock-shaped ironwork gate, and eye-catching chandeliers. A short way away, still in the city centre, the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotid Palace seeks to typify the city’s eastern spirit. Rooms here have been decorated in Asian-colonial style – think private saunas, balconies and dark wood furnishings.

 

Best time to visit Budapest

Like any Eastern European city, Budapest does get rain all year round – but the seasons are clearly defined. The best time to visit Budapest is during spring, from March to May. Crowds haven’t yet picked up and room rates are relatively low. There’s also the Rosalia beer and wine festival and the OTP Bank Gourmet food festival. Moving into the summer months, waterproofs become increasingly necessary – August is the wettest and most humid month of the year. It’s also Budapest’s hottest and busiest month. As autumn sets in, the crowds disperse and cheap breaks to Budapest come into focus. Snowfall in the winter is usually heavy – the snow-covered city looks best from the warm waters of a spa bath.

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Why Travelbag?

Book your Budapest city break 2018 with Travelbag. We have a superior range of hotels in Budapest city centre so that you’ll be close to all the major sights. We also have a good range of Budapest spa hotels, so you can take full advantage of the thermal waters of Hungary’s capital.

We’ve been tailor-making holidays for over 30 years and our all-inclusive packages include some of the best hotels in Budapest. Whether you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Budapest or high-end accommodation, we’ve got a package to suit your travel needs.

Call our travel experts today, or visit your nearest Travelbag branch to find out more about our Budapest holidays. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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