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City breaks in Budapest

Intriguing and gorgeous, modern and brimming with history, creative and romantic - Budapest is all these things and more! The Hungarian capital is just waiting to be explored and is the perfect destination for your next city break. At Travelcircus, you can find great deals on premium hotels so it’s easy to book a luxurious getaway in Budapest.

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An unforgettable city break in Budapest

Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Budapest. Culture, art, architecture, great food and a vibrant nightlife are just some of the attractions of this fascinating metropolis which make the Hungarian capital the ideal destination for your next city break!

What to see in Budapest

There’s so much to explore in Budapest from the dramatic buildings and intriguing museums to the breathtaking views of the Danube.

Here are some must-sees for your trip to Budapest:

  • The Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Heroes’ Square
  • Café New York
  • The Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Margaret Island
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath
  • Buda Castle
  • Dohány Street Synagogue
  • The Hungarian National Museum

Looking for the best selfie spots in the city? The Museum of Sweets & Selfies is definitely the place for you.

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Fisherman's Bastion Budapest

A foodie’s guide to Budapest

A holiday isn’t complete without some delicious food and luckily Budapest is home to countless excellent restaurants, bars, pubs and street food spots. Here are some tips for what to try on your culinary exploration of the Hungarian capital:

  • Budapest is famous for its ruin bars, be they modern or traditional. The oldest ruin bar in Budapest is Szimpla Kert. The following ruin bars are also well worth a visit: Anker’t, Doboz and Ellátó Kert. Also, houmous fans should definitely plan a trip to Mazel Tov Budapest.
  • On the hunt for some traditional Hungarian food? Head to Menza Restaurant, Paprika Étterem or Szeged Étterem.
  • DiVino wine bar, Szatyor and Pointer Pub are perfect if you’re looking for a glass of wine, a cold beer or a refreshing cocktail.

Despite the fact that typical Hungarian food can be quiet meat-heavy, Budapest boasts some fantastic vegan restaurants such as Napfényes Étterem, Kozmosz Vegán and Édeni Vegán.

And what trip to Budapest would be complete without a visit to one of its coffee houses? The most famous of these is undoubtedly the New York Café which is so popular that you need to reserve a table in advance. Thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful coffee houses including Pilvax Kávéház, Centrál Kávéház and Párizsi Udvar which are perfect if you like to keep things spontaneous.

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Covered market in Budapest

The best thermal baths in Budapest

Budapest is famous for its stunning thermal baths. There are over 1,000 hot springs in Hungary, many of which are in Budapest. These springs are popular for relaxation and for their health benefits. Bathing in hot springs can alleviate symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis and muscle aches.

These five thermal baths in Budapest are well worth visiting:

  • Széchenyi Baths
  • Gellért Baths
  • Rudas Baths
  • Kiraly Baths
  • Lukács Baths

Széchenyi thermal bath hosts a famous Sparty every Saturday evening (excluding January) which is a fantastic experience complete with famous DJs, laser shows and more!

Shopping in Budapest
Shopping in Budapest

What good is a city break if you can’t enjoy some retail therapy while you’re there? Budapest is brimming with options with larger shopping centres like West End City and Mammut and popular shopping streets like Váci Street where you can find international brands like Zara or Bershka. Andrássy Street is the place to go for high-end designer stores like Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Michael Kors.

Budapest’s famous Central Market Hall is the perfect place to find local produce, souvenirs and art. The city is also home to other indoor markets like Lehel Piac and Rákóczi Téri Piac which you can peruse for an afternoon. Another top tip for shopping in Budapest is the Ecseri flea market which is open every day and has a wide variety of second-hand items and interesting knick-knacks.

Transport in Budapest
Transport in Budapest

Budapest is blessed with a great public transport network, so it’s easy to hop the bus, tram, metro or train to get around the city. Tram line 2 is particularly popular with tourists because it runs along the Danube and goes to many of the famous sights and attractions. It’s also known as the most beautiful tram route in Europe. It’s relatively cheap to travel on public transport in Budapest. A 24-hour ticket costs 2 500 HUF (just under £6).

FAQs: Frequently asked questions about city breaks in Budapest

Why is Budapest worth visiting for a city break?

One of the draws of Budapest is the city’s beauty but it is also a popular destination because of the smorgasbord of culture, wellness, shopping, stunning architecture and delicious food.

How many days should I spend in Budapest on my city break?

We recommend spending between 3 and 5 days in Budapest to be able to really get to grips with the city and discover its charms.

Where is Buda and where is Pest?

The modern city of Budapest is made up of two former cities, Buda and Pest. Buda used to be on the west side of the Danube and Pest occupied the east side of the river.

What are some must-sees for my city break in Budapest?

Budapest is a treasure trove of sights and attractions. The most popular sights include:
  • The Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Heroes’ Square
  • The Castle District
  • Café New York
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Which of Budapest’s ruin bars is the oldest and the most famous?

The oldest ruin bar in the city is the iconic Szimpla Kert in the 7th district. The bar first opened in 2004 and has since become a beloved watering hole for locals and tourists alike.

How much does it cost to stay at a premium hotel in Budapest?

Travelcircus offers deals for premium hotels in Budapest with breakfast included from £31.

Which are the most beautiful thermal baths in Budapest?

Don’t miss out on the chance to visit one of the following gorgeous thermal baths on your city break in Budapest:
  • Gellért Thermal Bath
  • Veli Bej Thermal Bath
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath
  • Rudas Thermal Bath
  • Király Thermal Bath

When is the best time to enjoy a city break in Budapest?

Budapest is a stunning destination all year round. The weather is at its most mild in April, May, September and October, but the Hungarian capital enchants visitors at the height of Summer and in the depths of Winter too.