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Budapest is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Both historical turbulence and a plethora of influences can be seen in the amazing mix of architecture, cuisine and culture. Close to the west, it is a realistic destination for short weekend breaks. It is also the ideal place for honeymoons or romantic getaways; the city is small enough to walk most of the sights and completely safe. Although Many tourist attraction have fees, there is a lot to be seen and absorbed just walking the streets, parks, markets and the peaceful Buda Hills.

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The Széchenyi Baths

Budapest is famous for its baths, the hot water that flows from a hundred streams. The Széchenyi Bath is Budapest’s most famous outdoor swimming bath. This beautiful bath, in New Baroque style, is open all year round. The bathing chess players you have seen in pictures of Budapest spend their time here.

1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 11.
The Great Synagogue (Nagy Zsinagóga)

The Jewish quarter on the Pest side is one of the largest in Europe, the first Jewish settlers arrived in the 13th century in Budapest. This is where the Main Synagogue is located, the largest in the world outside of New York. There is a Jewish museum beside the synagogue, not t confused with the separate Holocaust Museum far away in Páva St.

1074 Budapest, Dohány u. 2-8.

People go to Menza for the company rather than for the food, which is quite conventional. The restaurant is situated on Liszt Ferenc tér, one of the best squares in Budapest to go to for having a drink or two. Menza’s large flowered wallpaper and cloth lampshades create a cosy atmosphere.

1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2.

Baraka is located on the city's main boulevard, within the Andrássy Hotel and is definitely worth a visit. This restaurant offers gourmet food served in a personal atmosphere. The chef mixes French and Asian influences, but does not neglect his Hungarian roots.

1051 Budapest, Dorottya utca 6.
Great Market Hall (Vásárcsárnok)

This public market is known as a real slice of Hungarian daily life. Here you can see authentic greengrocers, cheese merchants and butchers all rubbing elbows in a wonderful cacophony of sounds and scents unlike anywhere else. The Great Market Hall was built to replace the expansive outdoor markets in 1894, by architect Samu Pecz, also known for the red brick reform church by the Buda riverside north of Batthány tér. The Market Hall's basement area houses the less-scenic fish stalls and supermarket, the ground floor is the main area for all kinds of foodstuffs, and the upper floor (check out the beautiful wrought-iron staircases) is home to souvenir stands and fast-food joints, Hungarian-style. You must try some deep-fried dough or Lángos.

1093 Budapest, Vámház krt 1-3.
Downtown Market on Hold Street

The Downtown Market on Hold Street is a must-have gastro spot where you can try several high quality casual eateries, often led by renowned Budapest chefs, such as Tamás Széll, who won the European Championship of Bocuse d'Or in 2016, and won Special Plate Prize and 4th place in the World Championship of the same contest in 2017. The building itself was thoroughly renovated in 2014 and it has two floors: one for the traditional market, and one for street food kiosks. The market vendors sell fresh fruit, vegetables and other local, traditional products. You can find typical Hungarian specialities such as grey cattle beef and mangalica pork. Downtown Market is not far from the Parliament Building, the Basilica and Szabadság Square, so you can jump in for a short snack break without getting too far from the important spectacles.

1054 Budapest, Hold utca 13


Budapest’s airport, Liszt Ferenc International Airport, lies 16 km south-east of the city. The airport minibus service is very convenient and has a fixed price for transport into the city. The cheapest way is to take bus 200 E from the airport to the Köbánya-Kispest underground railway station, which takes approx. 20 minutes. You can purchase a metro ticket there and travel in to the city centre for a small amount, though it will take another 20 minutes or so.


Public Transport

Budapest has an excellent public transport system. The same ticket is good for a single journey on any of the main types of transport: of underground railway, buses and trams. The Budapest card includes admission to over 60 museums and discounts for sightseeing, swimming, etc. Budapest has three railway stations: Keleti, Nyugati and Deli, which are linked by the underground railway. The MAV railway company operates between the stations. 65+ EU citizens can get free transport with ID.