Budapest Tourist Information

Budapest Travel Guide

Hungary's colourful capital, full of culture was formed in the late 19th century from the smaller towns of Buda, Pest and Obud, blends a unique mix of Baroque old world charm, picturesque scenery and thermal spas to create a perfect romantic getaway. From its vantage point along the scenic banks of the Danube, Budapest has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, and is now rapidly emerging as a European hotspot with many delightful things to offer.

Tourists can enjoy a fabulous view of Pest and the Parliament buildings across the Danube is your reward for a hilly climb through the narrow streets leading to the first district of Budapest. Characterising the city is its gorgeous medieval and Baroque architecture that spans throughout Fo utca and Batthyany, and Castle district, great places to start any walking tour. Both the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church can be found in the Castle district, from where Gellert Hill can be visited for short stop to admire the massive Freedom Statue.

Budapest Tourist Attractions

Take a leisurely stroll around the bourgeois villas of District XI before continuing on to District XII, and the Buda Hills, which afford spectacular views from the chair-lift, Children's Railway and Cogwheel Railway.

In District III, Obuda tourists find the ancient Roman encampment of Aquincum before heading back into the city. District VI features the city's most beautiful boulevard, the Opera House and Liszt Academy, and in District VII you'll find the Old Jewish quarter with its well-preserved synagogues. The city centre is in District V, where tourists will enjoy shopping at Vasarcsarnok (main market hall) and the retail area of Vaci utca before a night out in the open-air bars and café of the social hotspot Franz Liszt street.

Aside from its architecture, Budapest encompasses nearly a dozen hot water springs, the most famous being Gellert Bath and Szechenyi Bath, where people have come for centuries to cure ailments such as arthritis, skin conditions, or intestinal stomach problems. Temperatures range from 14 to 96°C and most of the spas offer a wide-variety of health services, massage and treatments.

Transport Around Budapest

The city's underground metro system and local buses provide excellent services at a very low price, and taxis are readily available. Both international and domestic flights run through Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, located on the outskirts of Budapest, and trains from the central station have regular routes throughout Europe and Hungary.

Travel insurance is recommended while visiting Budapest. While the city is considered a safe place to visit, medical bills can be expensive when dealing with an accident or serious illness, and hospital services may not be up to the rest of European standard. Enjoy your trip knowing that you and your loved ones are covered in the event of a medical emergency.