Hungary’s capital is one of the most popular travel spots in Eastern Europe and with good reason. Steeped in culture and history, there is plenty to stimulate you and keep you occupied. Not to mention it is just a really beautiful city that will make you feel like you are really in Europe.
One of the best parts about the city is traveling here is still relatively inexpensive compared to destinations in Western Europe. To get the most luxury out of your stay, you might want to check out available vacation rentals in lieu of a hotel as prices may be equal to or even less than hotels.
Located on the west side of the Danube, the district of Castle Hill is an absolute must for anyone visiting the city. It is like stepping back into medieval times with its cobbled streets and castle walls. Cars are not allowed unless you live or work there, so you will have to walk, use public transport or take a taxi.
Here you will find the Buda Castle, and a plethora of shops and cafes. Other popular attractions include Fisherman’s Bastion and Mattias Church.
The closest subway station is Szell Kalman ter. Walking the chain bridge from Pest is probably the best way to go during peak hours rather than public transport. It will be a much more pleasing, scenic stroll as well.
Hungarian National Gallery and Museum of Fine Arts
The Hungarian National Gallery, located in Buda Castle, showcases Hungarian art from the Middle Ages through today. You can purchase tickets for just permanent exhibitions or a combined ticket for all exhibitions on display. Most of the art does not have any sort of English translation so you may want to pick up an audio guide.
The Museum of Fine Arts features non-Hungarian art from all over the world. Located in a beautiful Neoclassical building, you can find paintings from some of the most masterful European artists such as Holbein the Elder and El Greco. The museum is next to Heroes’ Square and you can reach it from the Hosok metro stop.
No trip to Budapest would be complete without a trip to the thermal baths, one of the city’s biggest draws for tourists and locals alike to ease sore muscles after a long day of working or touring. These remnants of Turkish influence are heated by natural thermal springs. You can also find massage services and steam rooms. In the evening, some bath houses host parties that turn this tranquil area into a nightclub. So, if you want to ensure a nice quiet experience, make sure you go during the day.
Different baths cater to different tastes. Be sure to check different elements such as whether baths are segregated by gender and whether swimsuits are required. Most open in the early morning and you can rent towels and swim caps. Be sure to bring flip flops as the ceramic floors can be very slippery.