Budapest City Breaks, Budapest Hotels and Accommodation in Budapest:
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ and the ‘City of Spas’, Budapest is made up of three distinct towns: Obuda and Buda [the historic medieval city on Castle Hill] are on the west bank of the River Danube, and Pest [the administrative and commercial city] is on the east. In 1873, the three towns merged, and today large areas of architectural, archaeological and cultural importance are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The heart of Budapest, around the Castle Hill area, is a beautiful part of the city, despite suffering many times from invasion by Celts, Romans, Huns, Ottomans and Austrians. In World War II, the city was partly destroyed by Allied air raids, then besieged during the Battle of Budapest when the attacking Russians and defending German and Hungarian troops caused major damage. The Hungarians however, have always rebuilt their city and today it is as lovely as ever.
Buda Castle, on the southern tip of Castle Hill next to the old Castle District, is the historical seat of the Hungarian kings in Budapest and today houses the Historical Museum of Budapest. It displays marvellous paintings, including those of Eastern European and Hungarian artists such as Picasso and Lichtenstein. Nearby, the neo-Gothic Matthias Church has a colourful roof, and a wonderful interior that was renovated in the 19th century back to its 13th century splendour. The gallery contains sacred relics and medieval stone carvings, along with replicas of the Hungarian coronation jewels.
In Pest, be sure to visit the National Museum dedicated to the history and natural history of the country. St. Stephens’s Basilica, with its neo-Renaissance dome, offers 360-degree views of the city for those with a head for heights. The National Opera House is spectacularly ornate, built during the glory days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire., while the parliament building is well worth seeing, as are the Hungarian crown jewels on display there.
If you tire of cultural sightseeing, visit Margit-sziget, one of the islands on the Danube, which is a popular recreational area for its tourists and locals alike, with its park, Japanese garden, small zoo and musical fountain. Another island in the Danube, Obudai-sziget, hosts the Sziget Festival every year in August, one of Europe’s largest music and cultural events.Location of Budapest:
In the north of the country, 40 miles south of the border with Slovakia, 120 miles southeast of Bratislava. 150 miles southeast of Vienna (Austria). 10 miles northwest of Ferihegy airport.Serving Airports:
Budapest Ferighey [BUD]
Flight time from the UK: approximately 2 hours 35 minutesShopping in Budapest:
More and more like a West European city with many well-known brand-label shops, the main shopping district is centred on Vaci utca on the Pest side. Look out for bargains in traditional embroidery, Herend china, leather and handcrafted goods. Craft markets are located at Marcibanyi Square and up on Castle Hill during high season. Flea markets at Petofi Csarnok (weekends only) and in Ecseri ut are worth a visit. A grand and well-designed shopping mall has opened near Nyugati railway station.Eating out in Budapest:
Enormous range of restaurants, including national and ethnic cooking from Italian to Thai. Hungarian restaurant cuisine tends to be on the heavy side in summer, although the industry is beginning to respond to the demand for more seasonal variation. Fast-food joints. Most visitors indulge themselves in coffee and cakes at Gerbeaud's on Vorosmarty Square; the more adventurous find their way to the astonishing Art Nouveau coffee house, the New York, on Great Boulevard or to the Muvesz on Andrassy ut.Budapest Temperature Chart :
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