Budapest, the breathtaking ‘Paris of East’
Straddling both sides of the river Danube, Budapest is cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and has an extensive selection of World Heritage Sites. Read more.
Budapest, the breathtaking ‘Paris of East’
Straddling both sides of the river Danube, Budapest is cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and has an extensive selection of World Heritage Sites. The city comprises a delectable mix of a vibrant young atmosphere, world-class classical music, heaving nightlife and abundant thermal baths. The breathtaking architecture heightens the aesthetic and has seen Budapest dubbed the ‘Paris of the East’. The city itself is divided into Buda, the area west of the Danube, and Pest, the region east of the Danube. Topping it all off is Castle Hill, technically part of Buda and the oldest part of the city, containing the castle and some of the city’s most noted attractions.
Entertainment, underground adventures and thermal spas
Start from the top with a walking tour of Castle Hill or meander around on your own to discover the quaint cobbled streets of Buda and stunning views over Pest, as well as taking a peek at the more ostentatious buildings of the Royal Palace. Why walk up Castle Hill when you can jump on the Funicular, which will take you to the top in around three minutes. Back down at river level, enjoy a cruise along the Danube for a different perspective of both sides of the city.
Hungary benefits from a multitude of thermal springs and Budapest thoroughly earns its nickname of ‘City of Baths’. Experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries and enjoy the healing powers of the thermal waters. Over time, the thermal waters have carved out a labyrinth of cave systems beneath the city which provide tourists hours of wondrous adventure under the supervision of expert guides. After exploring underground, quench your appetite with a visit to the must-see Central Market Hall and sample some of the local fare, handicrafts, clothing and souvenirs. Stroll along the the World Heritage Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square and marvel at the eclectic mix of Neo-Renaissance palaces and houses and the State Opera House.
Whatever your taste in music, Budapest has something to offer. Take in an opera at the Hungarian Opera House, enjoy some smooth jazz at the Palace of Arts or critique a classical concert at the Franz Liszt Academy. Budapest is also home to a range of contemporary music festivals including the Balaton Festival, Volt Festival and the Sziget Festival on Obuda Island. As far as nightlife in Budapest goes, there is no shortage of parties, pubs, bars and clubs. Ruinpubs, which popped up on the scene in the early 2000s provide an ever-changing and always entertaining landscape of nightlife options.
Where to book your stay in Budapest
The cities of Buda and Pest are divided into 23 districts. Belvaros is considered the inner city of Budapest and is home to many of the more significant historical sites and shopping destinations. Booking a hotel in Belvaros puts many attractions within reach on foot. Erzebetvaros contains the Jewish quarter of Budapest, with its narrow streets, rich cultural history and a selection of accommodation options. The Terezvaros district is home to the famous Andrássy Avenue and more upmarket hotels. Varnegyed, part of District I, is the Castle District and more historic area of Budapest. The medieval architecture makes this a delightful neighbourhood to stay in.
Neighbourhoods in Budapest
- District I - Várkerület (105)
- District II (65)
- District III (27)
- District IV - Újpest (6)
- District IX - Ferencváros (126)
- District V - Inner City-Lipótváros (701)
- District VI - Terézváros (503)
- District VII - Erzsébetváros (481)
- District VIII - Józsefváros (215)
- District X - Kőbánya (10)
- District XI - Újbuda (69)
- District XII - Hegyvidék (34)
- District XIII (133)
- District XIV - Zugló (52)
- District XIX - Kispest (5)
- District XV (7)
- District XVI (7)
- District XVII - Rákosmente (2)
- District XVIII (3)
- District XX - Pesterzsébet (6)
- District XXI - Csepel (3)
- District XXII - Budafok (7)
- District XXIII - Soroksár (5)
- Margitsziget Margaret Island (3)
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