Budapest is the beautiful capital city of Hungary located on the banks of River Danube. One interesting fact is that Buda and Pest were two different cities until 1873. The city boasts about its magnificent views, delicious food, spectacular architecture and thermal baths. Budapest’s unique culture, gripping history, ancient castles and museums attracts travellers from around the world. Also, the eye-popping view of River Danube is worth mentioning. The medieval houses and streets make Budapest perfect for photography enthusiasts, especially night time photography. After sunset, the city lights up and you get the best views of the major landmarks. Thus, a holiday in Budapest will simply blow off your mind. Our Budapest tour package is a blend of luxury and affordability where you can explore the city and taste authentic dishes. We also offer customised tours that suit your needs. To know more, you can get in touch with us.
Budapest is one of the most value destinations in entire Europe. Our Budapest tour package from India lets you soak in the magic of this remarkable city with utmost comfort. This city is perfect for honeymooners, families as well as adventure lovers. Are you planning your next trip to Budapest? Worry not, this ultimate guide will tell you everything that you need to know before arriving at Budapest.
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What is the best time to visit Budapest?
The capital city of Hungary experiences four seasons. March to May is considered as the spring season and also the best time to visit Budapest. The weather is pleasant, the crowd is less, and accommodations are affordable. However, many travellers also consider the best time to visit Budapest is during the summer from June to August. During this time of the year, the temperature is the warmest. It is also the busiest time of the year and Budapest gets prepared for vibrant festivals and remarkable events. Please note that Budapest is very expensive during the summer season.
The crowd is all gone during the fall season from September to November. As the sweater season is here, you can grab some beer, go for treks and soak in the thermal baths. A vacation in Budapest from December to February is dirt cheap because it tends to be quite chilly. The main attractions are the Christmas markets with fantastic handicrafts, sumptuous food, mulled wine and lots more.
Why should you plan a trip to Budapest in February?
Planning a vacation trip to Budapest in February is also a good idea. There are a number of food festivals that take place during this time of the year. The chill in the weather is perfect for a glass of mulled wine and trying the heavier and authentic Hungarian food namely ‘hurka’ (a kind of blood sausage) or ‘harcsa paprikas’ (paprika fish stew). The climate of Budapest in February is often cold and cloudy. Thus, it is also the best time to bask in the winter sunshine. If you are in Budapest in February you can enjoy a romantic Valentine’s week with your precious one. The best thing is to go for a delightful cruise ride on River Danube and confess love to one another.
The Mangalitsa Festival is an annual event that takes place in February. This is a cultural and food festival where you can buy handicrafts gorge on sumptuous delicacies and drink wine. It takes place in Szabadsag Square and a visit to this event is worthwhile. Another major attraction in the month of February is to spend some time skating in the massive ice-rinks. Also, some of the finest concerts take place during this time of the year. If you want to experience this event, head to the Liszt Music Academy. The Opera House organizes some of the best ballet shows and opera during the month of February. So, there is every reason why you need to spend a night in this spectacular place. If you are willing to enjoy light concerts, head to the ruin bars. Our Budapest tour package in the month of February lets you enjoy the vacation with ultimate fun and excitement.
Where to stay?
If you want to witness the happening nightlife of Budapest, Downtown is the best option for you. It is the hotspot for quirky cafes, bars and restaurants. Also, if you want to go for a shopping spree, visit Vaci Street. It is a prime pedestrian shopping street in Budapest. However, if you are a history buff, you would prefer booking a hotel in the Castle District. It is known as the historic heartland and is the home to some of the ancient sites and palaces. These are the prime locations in Budapest, so it might be a little costly. But booking an accommodation in one of this location is totally worth.
List of the best attractions in Budapest
Budapest is a city that will never fail to charm you. It is the home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are so many things to do in Budapest that you will run short of time. And the interesting part is that it is the only destination in the world which sits on top of numerous hot springs. Seven days is perfect for your Budapest trip where you get to witness the major attractions, experience the nightlife and relax. Here is a list of the prominent attractions that you cannot afford to miss when you are here. These sightseeing tours and activities let you immerse in the true flavour of Budapest.
Cruise ride in River Danube
The best way to explore Budapest is by taking a cruise ride in the River Danube. The bank of the river is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a must visit during your trip to the Hungarian capital. You can go for morning or evening sightseeing tour. So be prepared to get enchanted by the rich Hungarian history, architectural masterpieces and vibrant culture.
Soak yourself at the thermal baths
One of the top things to do in Budapest is to completely relax in the thermal baths. It is a major pastime for tourists as well as locals. These hot springs are available all year round and soaking oneself in the warm water is pure bliss. The public baths were built in the ancient times by the Romans and its ruins still stand today. One of the most popular medicinal baths is the Szechenyi in Pest. It has the reputation of being the largest bathing complex in Europe and houses both indoor and outdoor pools. Two of the other popular baths are the Gellert and the Lukacs. Immersing yourself in these thermal baths is a delightful experience and taking a dip is worth your time.
Getting a glimpse of the Parliament
The Parliament in Budapest is a prime tourist attraction. It is located on the bank of River Danube and is one of the largest buildings in the Hungarian capital. The meticulously decorated spires with numerous rooms and ten central courtyards attract travellers from everywhere across the globe. The interior is adorned with gilded ornaments, paintings and frescoes that add to its beauty. The Copula Hall with an impressive ceiling displays the Hungary Holy Crown and the royal insignia.
Leisurely strolls across Chain Bridge
Chain Bridge is an iconic landmark as it connected the two cities of Buda and Pest across River Danube. It was built in the year 1849 and is the first permanent bridge across the river. However, during World War II, this bridge was completely destroyed and it was rebuilt in the year 1949. You can take relaxed strolls across the bridge and get engulfed in the magnificent view of Budapest and River Danube. In the evening, the entire city is illuminated and the view from the bridge is a treat to the sore eyes.
Day trip to Buda Castle
Buda Castle is an architectural splendour which is perched above River Danube. This castle was captured and recaptured innumerable times. The current castle was rebuilt in the 19th century and a glimpse of the monument is a fascinating sight. There are two museums in the caste namely Budapest History Museum and the National Gallery. You can go for a guided walking tour and get to know about its rich history. The Matthias Fountain in the Buda Castle District is one of the most spectacular sculptures in the Hungarian city. It features King Matthias engrossed in hunting.
Claustrophilia – an experience of a lifetime
Another top thing to do in Budapest is to play Claustrophilia. It is a unique experience that would give you unforgettable memories. It is basically a puzzle that you need to solve and get out of the room in sixty minutes. This is a mysterious game to play in groups and a must experience for everyone during their Budapest trip.
Immerse in the panoramic view from Fisherman’s Bastion
If you want to get a sweeping view of Pest, head to Fisherman’s Bastion. It was built in the 19th century and is the perfect blend of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic style. Make your way up the stairs and soak in the breathtaking view from above. If you are looking for a fairytale moment, go watch the sunset from here. Entrance to the Fisherman’s Bastion is free. But if you are willing to visit the top turrets, you need to pay a fee.
The marvellous sight of the Matthias Church
One of the top things to do in Budapest is to immerse in the beauty of the Matthias Church. This church is close to the Fisherman’s Bastion and is designed with colourful frescos and glass windows. This church has a fascinating history. In 1541 when Buda was captured by the Turks, this church became a mosque. Later in 1686, a church wall collapsed and a statue of Mother Mary appeared before the praying Turks. This incident demoralised the Turks and they finally capitulated. Matthias Church was reconstructed during the late 19th century.
Visiting Heroes Square
Heroes Square is a prime attraction in Budapest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heroes Square was built in the year 1896 to commemorate the first thousand years of the Magyar conquest. It is dominated by a thirty-six meters high pillar Millenary Monument with Archangel Gabriel statue holding the Hungarian crown. This majestic gateway is also the home to two of the most important museums.
Witnessing Gellert Hill
This place is named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the fort. This fortress was built in the year 1850 and is perched on top of the hill. The winding road which takes you up to Gellert Hill looks really charming. You can also witness a monastery that is beautifully carved in the rock.
Indulge in Goulash, traditional Hungarian food
Goulash is an authentic Hungarian dish which is basically a delicious beef stew. It is one of the most popular dishes in Budapest. Goulash is available in majorly all food joints but the one served in the Opera House tops the chart. The cafe is furnished with leathered chairs and marble tiles which looks really enticing. Grab some lip-smacking Goulash with Hungarian beer which is perfect for the chilly winter.
Experiencing the Sziget Festival
If you are planning a visit to Budapest in the month of August, you must witness the Sziget Festival. There is a small island on River Danube that becomes the music Mecca for people coming to attend this festival. This event is all about art and music that attracts eminent personalities and numerous local artists across the globe.
How to get the best experience of Budapest at night?
At night, the entire city is illuminated and it looks no less than a fairyland. Budapest has a happening nightlife with funky ruin bars and restaurants. The unique decorations and hidden corners of these bars will catch your attention and hook you to these spots for hours. A visit to Szimpla Kert is recommended which is one of the oldest ruin bars in Budapest.
Some useful tips to keep in mind before booking the Budapest tour package
1. On Monday, the museums in Budapest remains closed.
2. Budapest gets very cold during the winter months and very hot in the summer. As you will be spending most of the time outside, pack your bags accordingly.
3. The Sziget Festival takes place during the month of August. If you are planning to experience this festival, do not forget to buy the tickets in advance.
4. As there are so many thermal baths around the city, do not forget to grab your pretty swimsuits.
Budapest is a wonderland and its beauty cannot be defined in words. The architectural splendour and wild nightlife have contributed to the growing popularity of this capital city. Also when we talk about affordable European destination, Budapest tops the list. Explore this spectacular European city with our personalised packages which would leave you awestruck and happy. The charm of Budapest will leave you with the desire to come back again and again.