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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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Holidays in Budapest

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

The city’s gentlemanly good looks range from the old world Budapest spa and bathhouses to the neo-classical, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. There are urban scars sustained in World War II and the 1956 uprising under communism – bullet holes and shrapnel pockmarks plus the shoes where Zoltan Street would reach the river if it stretched that far. That’s Budapest all over – its history finding a place in modern day living. The Buda Castle is a hive of activity from the food, drink and cultural festivals it hosts to the collections of the National Gallery and Budapest History Museum contained within the complex. Take a Danube River cruise and drift between the eastern and western halves of the Pearl of the Danube and admire the Fisherman’s Bastion from afar and get an overall feel for the splendour and grandeur of Hungary’s capital – drink in hand.

 

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 more than palpable. Chat to locals at the men-only Rudas Baths (mixed-sex Tuesdays and weekend nights), prune your skin as you anguish over chess moves in one of the Széchenyi Baths’ 21 pools or soak up the authentic atmosphere in the 16th century Ottaman Király Baths. Serious bathers make for the Lukács Baths; once upon a time Monastery baths in the 12th century and then converted into a ‘water hospital’ in the 1970s. Its geothermal waters are said to possess healing powers for locomotive diseases. It also has a Himalayan Salt Room for curing respiratory problems and a Weight Bath to provide aqua therapy for spinal injuries.

 

Riverside Hotels

If you can’t decide to base yourself in the thick of it (Pest) or in laidback Buda, make sure your hotel is based near to the river. This way you’ll be close enough to both sides of the city and have views of Danube River and the baroque, neo-Gothic and renaissance architecture along the embankment. The Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace is itself a landmark of the Danube. Built in 1906 it has been painfully restored to its former glory in the aftermath of the communist regime and is now the height of extravagance; Art Nouveau décor, Peacock ironwork entrance gate and eye catching spiked chandeliers. This is the benchmark for Hungarian luxury. A short way away, still in the Belváros (inner city), is The Buddha-Bar Hotel that seeks to typify the eastern spirit of the city. 

 

Best time to visit Budapest

Budapest weather can be wet all year round but apart from this 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 is also Budapest’s hottest and busiest month. As autumn sets in the crowds disperse and like spring, cheap breaks to Budapest come into focus as hotels drop their rates. Snowfall in the winter is traditionally heavy and is the city never looked so good covered in snow from the warmth of a spa bath.

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Why Travelbag?

Book your Budapest city break 2018 with Travelbag; we’ve got a superior range of hotels in Budapest 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.

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

Call our customer services team on 0203 139 7074 or visit us at one of our branches to find out more about our Jamaica holiday destinations today. 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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