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Budapest, the Vibrant Capital of Hungary

Budapest is, of course, where most people start out on their Hungarian holiday and as as one of the best value capital cities in Europe, it can easily compete with Paris and Rome in the looks stakes as well. Visitors are treated to a wealth of attractions, including several UNESCO World Heritage sites, a variety of top-class music and art venues, including one of the world's best opera houses, plenty of museums and historical points of interest, plus many luxurious and boutique hotels and world-class restaurants, including two with Michelin stars.
Budapest straddles the River Danube and is known as the 'Paris of the East' because of its beautiful architecture, wide boulevards and romantic atmosphere. Celebrities are even discovering its many highlights with American rock icon, Alice Cooper recently extolling the romantic virtues of the city in a report for Fox News in the USA and Katy Perry having filmed her award winning video 'Firework' in the city.
Budapest is made up of two halves – the historical 'Buda' side with the UNESCO listed Buda Castle District and the newer 'Pest' side, famed for its magnificent Art Nouveau buildings, which is the commercial and business district. Until 1873 these two sides were different cities and today they still retain their individual charm.
Best of Budapest
  • Castle Hill – the collection of palaces, mansions and historic buildings that dominate the Buda skyline
  • Thermal Baths – feel like a Hungarian and bath in one of the 40 thermal spas, including the famous Széchenyi or Gellért
  • House of Terror – a fascinating museum occupying the former headquarters of the Fascist and Communist secret police
Things to do in Budapest
  • Take a stroll down the main avenue on the Pest side, Andrássy út. This is Budapest's longest and grandest avenue and is a great place to soak up the hustle and bustle. Take in the magnificent neo-Renaissance building that is the State Opera House, enjoy a drink on Liszt Ferenc tér, lined with outdoor cafés and finish up in Heroes' Square and the City Park, home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the pretty Vajdahunyad Castle and the neo-baroque Széchenyi Thermal Spa.
  • For great views of the city and the River Danube, take the Sikló funicular up to the Castle District. Walk around the cobbled streets, visiting the Fisherman's Bastion, the colourful Mátyás Church and Budapest's oldest cafe, the tiny Ruszwurm patisserie that has been serving cakes and coffee since 1827. For something unusual explore the World War II Hospital in a Rock that was also a nuclear bunker and the labyrinth of caves that lie beneath the city.
Where to stay in Budapest
  • The city has seen an influx of boutique and luxury hotels in recent years and visitors that want affordable luxury can feel confident choosing Budapest, where top class hotels are often better value for money than some other European capitals.
  • At Hungary4U, we place great emphasis on selecting the very best hotels for your stay and will always include the eagerly anticipated new openings such as the 5* Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace, the second of the world-famous Buddha-Bar hotels, resorts and spas opening in Europe that opens in April 2012 and the 5* Rácz Hotel & Thermal Spa Budapest, a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World that is expected to open in the second half of 2012.
New attractions
  • Veli Bej Spa, the Turkish spa that dates back to the Turkish occupation of Hungary and has been closed for decades, went through a complete renovation in 2011. It was built in the 16th century on the Buda side of the city on the bank of the River Danube and has been beautifully restored as a luxurious spa offering five pools, special bathtubs, Jacuzzis and hydrotherapies. The wellness section offers steam baths and saunas, plus many massage and beauty treatments.
  • Visitors to Budapest during winter season will be pleased that one of the city's most atmospheric ice rinks, the Műjégpálya Ice Rink in Budapest's City Park, has re-opened in early 2012 after refurbishment. The rink is Europe's largest outdoor ice-skating rink at almost 3 times larger than an Olympic Rink and it is one of the most magical activities to do in Budapest in the winter. The venue is impressive as it is the lake in front of Vajdahunyad Castled that is transformed into the ice-rink, open from mid-November until the end of February.
  • The world-famous Cinetrip parties that have been taking place in the historic spas of the Hungarian capital for the past 13 years have now become weekly events, offering many more visitors the chance to try this unique Budapest night out. The new party series is called 'Szecska' which is the local nickname for the Széchenyi Baths, one of the most beautiful historic spas in Budapest and where the events will take place.
Visitors will find Budapest an exciting and vibrant city to escape to for a few days, offering many UNESCO World Heritage sites, unique museums, 40 thermal spas and outdoor pools, world-class restaurants, trendy bars and clubs, and a warm Hungarian welcome.