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Opulent bathhouses, leafy parks and friendly sidewalk cafés make the ‘Paris of central Europe' a great choice for a relaxing weekend, or a stop on a European tour. Increasingly popular with visitors, it’s advisable to make room reservations in Budapest well in advance.

The Hungarian capital is made up of the Danube cities Pest, Buda, and Óbuda. It is rich in World Heritage Sites, like the Buda Castle District whose dramatic history is best discovered on a sightseeing tour. Other Budapest attractions include monumental Heroes’ Square, the Millennium Underground Railway and the Market Hall, laden with paprika stalls, folk souvenirs and bustling snack bars. Book Budapest accommodation in Hungary with to experience the illuminated Chain Bridge as best seen by boat on one of the many river cruises around the Danube.

Make use of car rental services in Budapest to get out of the city and visit the artists’ colony of Szentendre and Statue Park, where imposing Communist statues are displayed for posterity.

When are the best times to travel to Budapest?

Winters can be cold in Budapest but if you enjoy tobogganing and skating the colder months are a good choice, with the city’s celebrated Christmas markets an excellent bonus. Spring and autumn are characterised by pleasantly temperate weather and both are lovely times to visit Budapest. Summers are hotter, but not oppressively so, although this time of year is the favourite for visitors so expect Budapest hotels to be in high demand.

What are the top must-see attractions in Budapest?

Budapest is divided in two by the majestic flow of the River Danube, with its many picturesque bridges. Towering above the Danube is Castle Hill, always mentioned in Budapest reviews. It’s home to the splendid Royal Palace, also known as Buda Castle, which overlooks the city and boasts an imposing Neo-Classical facade. Take a stroll along Grand Boulevard to see some outstanding examples of the Art Nouveau architecture that Budapest is famed for. Highlights include the Museum of Applied Arts and the impressive Budapest-Nyugati railway station.

What are the best types of food and restaurants in Budapest?

Goulash, a rich beef stew with onions and lots of paprika, is a dish that you’ll find in restaurants all over the city. Other traditional Hungarian dishes include racponty, a delicious fish stew, roast goose and cold sour cherry soup – a real treat on a warm summer’s evening. Visit the Great Market Hall to buy traditional foodstuffs like salamis, caviar and pickled vegetables of all kinds. Budapest also has a thriving café culture, and it’s hard not to be tempted by the wickedly lavish cakes and pastries.

What are the top things to do in Budapest?

Learn something of Budapest’s ancient history at the Aquincum Museum: a museum and outdoor archaeological park exhibiting the former might of the Roman Empire. For a typically Hungarian experience, visit the Széchenyi Baths which features 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools. The outdoor pools are heated so you can even enjoy a steamy fresh-air dip in winter. The Fisherman’s Bastion, part of the ramparts atop Castle Hill, is a 1905 Neo-Gothic confection which offers some of the best views across the Budapest cityscape.

What are some fun facts about Budapest?

While many former Communist countries destroyed much of the statuary of the likes of Marx, Lenin and Stalin, the people of Budapest decided instead to preserve some prime examples of socialist realism in a sculpture garden called Memento Park. Meanwhile, the humble biro is so commonplace that it’s easy to forget that it was invented by László József Bíró, born in Budapest in 1899. Another son of Budapest whose name has become a household word is Ernő Rubik, inventor of the fiendishly puzzling cube.

What kinds of public transport are there in Budapest?

The city has 4 Metro lines as well as a network of trams and trolley buses, and there’s also a conventional bus service, making travel in Budapest easy. You can explore the city centre on foot, jumping on one of the trams if you tire of walking, and you can also use one the many metered taxis in the city. Travel to and from the airport by a combination of bus and Metro, or by hopping in a fixed-fare taxi.

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