Book flights to Budapest if you’re looking for a really great city break that won’t break the bank. It has beauty, history and culture to rival all of Europe’s most amazing cities, and what’s more, Budapest offers it all for a reasonable price! There are some absolute must-dos for anyone who goes to Budapest; you should definitely relax in some thermal baths, take a cruise down the beautiful Danube, eat lots and lots of goulash, go for a drink in the spectacular New York Café, and take a walk in the beautiful Buda hills. Book cheap flights to Budapest with Ryanair.
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Budapest will keep you busy with its lovely restaurants, beautiful opera, indoor- and outdoor baths, and different exciting quarters to explore. There is no problem finding things to do in Budapest, on the contrary- you will struggle finding the time to do them all.
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.

​Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút. 11​Phone: +36 1 363 32 10​Website: www.szechenyibath.com
The Main 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.

​Address: 1074 Budapest, Dohány u. 2-8
Castle of Buda

The palace on Buda Hill contains several museums, including the Ludwig Museum, the National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum. There are also narrow alleys and magnificent churches. The walled Castle Hills (Várhegy) are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hungarian State Opera

Budapest, together with Vienna, is an international capital of opera. The beautiful State Opera, completed in 1884, is worth a visit even if you are not interested in listening to opera. If you do like opera, you must book in good time and be prepared for a festive occasion.

​Address: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 22​Phone: +36 1 81 47 100​Website: www.opera.hu
Buda Hills

On a clear day you should take the tram or bus to Buda Hills, via the cog railway. Here you will find peace and calm high above the city, with a magnificent view from János-hegy. At the same time make sure to visit some of the caves that are open to the public. In the Pálvölgy cave, among other things, you can see the unique dripstone figures ”The Elephant” and ”Crocodile”. The air in the caves is said to be good for respiratory infections.

​Address: Buda Hills
Memento Park (Szoborpark Múzeum)

Here you will find one of Budapest’s most remarkable attractions. When the proletarian dictatorship’s enormous monuments and statues were no longer politically correct – after 1989-90 – they were moved from their conspicuous locations in the centre to a suburb of Buda. Here – in this “Communist theme park” – among other things, is the gigantic statue of Lenin and Cubist statues of Marx and Engels.

​Address: Szoborpark​Website: www.mementopark.hu​More info: District XXII on the corner of Balatoni út and Szabadkai út.
St Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)

St. Stephen's Basilica is the largest church in Budapest and can hold up to 8,500 people inside. It is dedicated to Hungary's first king St Stephen and contains his mummified right hand, a much revered treasure. Several impressive music concerts take place here throughout the year.

​Address: Szt. István tér​Phone: Guided tours in English +36 1 338 2151​Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-17.00, Sat: 09.00-13.00, Sun: 13.00-17.00
The Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building is a landmark and a popular tourist sight. It is the largest building in Hungary and displays statues, pictures, frescoes, mosaics, stained glass and sculptures in abundance.

​Address: 1055 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3​Phone: +36 1 441 4000​Website: www.mkogy.hu
Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden

Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of the oldest zoos in the world, it opened in August, 1866. The zoo is located within Városliget Park in the city centre and holds a large number of species, including insects, reptiles, birds and mammals.

​Address: 1146 Budapest, Állatkerti körút 12​Phone: +36 1 273 4900​Website: www.zoobudapest.com
City Park (Városliget)

The City Park is a popular venue no matter the season; at spring there is a peaceful lake here perfect to walk around or simply enjoy the sight of, as you have a picnic in the grass. The Vajdahunyad castle lies in the background and enhances the gorgeous view even more. There is also the possibility to rent a paddle boat and spend some time on the lake. In winter time the lake is transformed into an ice rink and people gather here to skate, eat and socialize. If you don't have skates with you can rent them.

​Address: Városliget​More info: The main entrance is located at Heroes' Square
Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd)

The Chain Bridge was built out of stone in the middle of the 19th century, connecting Buda and Pest. Each summer there is a festival called "the Summer on the Chain Bridge" - at this time only pedestrians are allowed and there are exciting events happening on the weekends.

​Address: Széchenyi Lánchíd
Central Market Hall (Központi Vásárcsarnok)

The Central Market Hall (Központi Vásárcsarnok), aka the Great Market Hall, is the largest indoor market in Budapest and it provides a golden opportunity to buy fresh fruit, meat, fish and vegetables. It is divided into three floors, and if you're looking for Hungarian souvenirs, you should try the second floor.

​Address: 1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1-3​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

Margaret Island is a great place for a cosy excursion, it is 2.5 km long and about 500 m wide. Several flowery landscape parks and medieval ruins act as the perfect backdrop for a pleasant day.

​Address: Margitsziget
Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út)

This is a famous boulevard dating back to the early 1870's that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Apart from being the main shopping street it bears witness of old times' mansions and townhouses.

​Address: Andrássy út
House of Terror (Terror Háza)

Hungary has suffered through not one, but two terror regimes; the fascist and the Stalinist regimes. This museum serves as a reminder of the gruesome crimes committed during these hard times. The fact is that the museum is housed in the very building that once was the headquarters of the ÁVH secret police. People were interrogated, tortured and killed here, and so the memory of these victims live on.

​Address: 1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 60​Website: www.terrorhaza.hu​Opening hours: Open every day except Monday
Hungarian food is honest and despite today’s influences from all over the world, the Hungarians are still preserving their traditions. The modern Hungarian cuisine is among the best ones in Europe and also very inexpensive. You will find most restaurants, and the best ones, on the Pest side.
Café Kör

Café Kör has an out-of-the-way address in central Pest. The restaurant makes a plain impression, but the illusion is deceptive. Café Kör’s delectable fare and perfect service make the restaurant a favourite of embassy personnel and foreign correspondents.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Sas u. 17​Phone: +36 1 311 00 53​Website: www.cafekor.com​More info: Only cash accepted
Menza

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.

​Address: 1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 2​Phone: +36 1 413 14 82​Website: www.menza.co.hu
Mokka

Mokka is an adventurous restaurant centrally located on the Pest side. The elegantly styled rooms contain West African murals and Moroccan masks. The food is exotic, with local dishes from all over the world.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Sas u. 4​Phone: +36 1 328 00 81​Website: www.mokkarestaurant.hu
Baraka

Baraka is located on the city's main boulevard 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.

​Address: 1063 Budapest, Andrássy út. 111​Phone: +36 1 483 13 55​Website: www.barakarestaurant.hu​More info: Inside the Andrássy Hotel
Fakanál

Anyone who wishes to taste traditional Hungarian cuisine, should head to Fakanál, upstairs in the old market hall. There, you can try several different buffet dishes to the sound of gypsy music.

​Address: 1093 Budapest, Vámház körút 1-3​Phone: +36 1 32 91 45​Website: www.fakanaletterem.hu
Arcade

One of the best restaurants on the Buda side is Arcade, with the same founder as the Café Kör. The owners have chosen a somewhat more luxurious style here, both in the menus and the decor, and serve modern Hungarian cuisine with influences from France and Italy.

​Address: 1126 Budapest, Kiss János Alt. utca 38​Phone: +36 1 225 19 69​Website: www.arcadebistro.hu
Onyx restaurant

The Onyx restaurant strive to keep a high international standard and their lead words are quality and innovation. The Onyx Restaurant has been rated 17 points by Gault Millau, and awarded with one Michelin Star by the Michelin Guide.

​Address: 1051 Budapest Vörösmarty tér 7-8​Phone: +36 30 508 0622​Website: www.onyxrestaurant.hu
Borkonyha Winekitchen

Borkonyha Winekitchen is a mix of a contemporary family restaurant and a French bistro. A huge part of their concept is their extensive wine list which includes 200 different wines, most of them Hungarian.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Sas utca 3​Phone: +36 1 266 0835​Website: www.borkonyha.hu
Taverna Dionysos Greek Restaurant

In the spirit of Santorini, Taverna Dionysos treats you with an authentic Greek experience. The location on the bank of the river Danube in combination with the blue door and white walls creates an unforgettable atmosphere and the food is excellent.

​Address: 1056 Budapest, Belgrád rakpart 16​Phone: +36 1 318 12 22​Website: www.taverna-dionysos.hu
Bock Bisztró

Bock Bisztró was created by a well renowned chef and a skilled sommelier. The result is a restaurant offering Hungarian cuisine with an international twist, accompanied by an extensive wine list. The menu also has some Spanish tapas.

​Address: 1073 Budapest, Erzsébet körút 43-49​Phone: +36 1 321 0340​Website: www.bockbisztro.hu
Borssó Bistro

Borssó Bistro has a menu containing both traditional Hungarian cuisine and French food. The dishes change with the season and you can usually find some special weekly offer. For a special treat, come here for a "wine dinner" - a 6-8 course dinner enjoyed with carefully selected wine that is presented by the wine makers, accompanied by live jazz music.

​Address: 1053 Budapest, Királyi Pál Street 14​Phone: +36 1 789 0975​Website: www.borsso.hu
Trattoria Pomo D'oro

This Italian restaurant provides a wide variety of food, so no matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find it here; soup, risotto, salad, thin crusted pizza baked in a wood-burning oven, fresh fish or pasta. Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can enjoy live performances.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Arany János Street 9​Phone: +36 1 302 6473​Website: www.pomodorobudapest.com
Carne Di Hall

Carne Di Hall has taken John Steinbeck's flying pig Pigasus to heart, and he adorns the entire restaurant. Although located on the Buda side of town, this restaurant has incredibly tasty food as well as friendly and swift service.

​Address: 1011 Budapest, Bem rakpart 20​Phone: +36 1 201 8137​Website: www.carnedihall.eu
Hunyadi Étterem

The story goes that King Matthias Hunyadi (1440-1490) got hungry while taking a walk around the Buda castle and entered the Hunyadi restaurant. Supposedly he was amazed by the tasty food and delectable wines. Apparently this small restaurant has kept this high standard, because it is still much appreciated. -"Hunyadi Restaurant - for today's renaissance people!"

​Address: 1011 Budapest, Hunyadi János Way 17​Phone: +36 1 212 7740​Website: www.hunyadietterem.hu
Klassz

Klassz has about 130 different wines to choose from, and it is undeniably important to choose a nice wine when the food is so exquisite. You can have foie gras, mangalica pork and lamb knuckle, to name but a few.

​Address: 1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 41​Website: www.klasszetterem.hu​More info: No table reservation
Budapest has many lovely cafés, ranging from the most delicious confectionary to breakfast places or a cosy venue where you can sit down to just sip on a coffee.
Gerbeaud

Gerbeaud is not only a café but also a rather important sight in Budapest. This is where the aristocracy went during the time of the Double Monarchy. The large halls have preserved their appearance to this day.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Vörösmarty Tér 7​Phone: +36 1 42 99 000​Website: www.gerbeaud.hu
Ruszwurm

Ruszvurm lies on Castle Hills, the Buda side’s answer to Gerbaud. The interior is very “Fin de siècle”, with red velvet curtains and marble tables.

​Address: 1014 Budapest, Szentháromság u. 7​Phone: +36 1 37 55 284​Website: www.ruszwurm.hu
Jaffa Kávéház

This century’s café culture is also found in Budapest, of course, among other places, on the popular Raday street. Jaffa Kávéház has an attractive interior, decorated with Hungarian 60’s ornaments and wallpaper.

​Address: 1092 Budapest, Raday u. 39​Phone: +6 1 21 95 285​Website: www.jaffakavehaz.hu
Bar & Café Minyon

The bar Minyon in Budapest is located in one of the upcoming areas of Budapest downtown, Király utca. During the day, Bar Minyon is more or less a café with small snacks, fresh coffee and cakes and in the afternoon and evening they serve dinner.

​Address: 1061 Budapest, Király u. 8​Phone: +6 1 87 82 016​Website: www.minyonbar.hu
California Coffee Company

If you are on your way through the city and want to grab a fast coffee these places are perfect and fast. They offer free WiFi, different sandwiches, cakes and some more stuff to eat as well as tea but also cold drinks.

​Address: 1066 Budapest, Teréz körút 38​Website: www.californiacoffeeco.net
Budapest has all kinds of nightlife, from smoky beer halls to Bohemian artists’ clubs and expensive champagne bars.
Spoon

Spoon is a good choice if you want to enjoy a long drink and the view across the Danube. It is a large ship anchored by the Pest quay, with a couple of popular champagne bars and sushi restaurants.

​Address: 1051 Budapest, Vigadó tér 3​Phone: +6 1 41 10 933​Website: www.spooncafe.hu
A38

A38 is a floating pleasure palace. As the trendy ship contains several bars and dance floors, there is generally something for everybody. The name derives from the year 1938, when this stone carrier was built.

​Address: Petöfi Híd ​Phone: +36 1 46 43 940​Website: www.a38.hu​More info: Near Petöfi bridge on the Buda side
Alcatraz

Alcatraz Music Club & Restaurant has a unique interior that transports you to the American prison island of Alcatraz. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening means live jazz music and the waiters wear striped overalls.

​Address: Nyár u. 1​Phone: +36 1 413 1152​Website: www.alcatraz.hu
Fat Mo´s Music Club

Fat Mo’s has a speakeasy theme, which in the 1920’s and 1930’s was an establishment that illegally sold alcohol, this period was called Prohibition. During this time, alcoholic beverages were completely banned in the United States, and two of the most infamous prohibition agents were "Fat Mo" Smith and Izadore "Izzy" Einstein.

​Address: V. Nyáry Pál u. 11​Phone: +36 1 266 8027 / +36 20 536 26 16​Website: www.fatmo.hu
Palacio de la Salsa

Palacio de la Salsa boasts two of the most famous latin DJ’s in Hungary: DJ Jose and DJ Antonio. They play the best of latin beats, salsa, reggaeton, bachata and timbo, to mention a few.

​Address: Arany János u. 10​Phone: +36 20 32 40119​Website: www.palaciodelasalsa.hu
Budapest is famous for its moderately priced antiques which you can find in places such as the Falk Miksa utca quarter. One of the most popular Hungarian souvenirs is handmade Herend porcelain, which has been in production since 1828. The beautiful, hand-painted vases, dishes and porcelain have won many gold medals at various world exhibitions. The factory’s own shop is on József Nádor square. Around the corner lies Vörösmarty Square, where you can either gather energy with a cup of coffee and a cream cake at the city’s most famous patisserie, Café Gerbeaud, or carry on to the former Luxus department store with the international fashion houses’ most famous stores. The Váciutca pedestrian street between Vörösmarty square and the Market Square is Budapest’s largest shopping centre. This is where you will find the international fashion houses’ own stores, souvenir shops, wine shops and several galleries. Do not miss the small cross-streets with their sweet little shops and upscale wine merchants. Many Budapest residents think that the prices in this area are too high and instead do their shopping in Pest’s gigantic Westend or in the shops in the Great Ring, which is what they call the boulevard around the city centre. The new, young shops are scattered around the centre on the Pest side. Király Street is being transformed into a design centre. Do not miss Nagycsarnok on Vámház street, Budapest’s great market hall built in 1896, which has everything that Hungary can offer in the way of food. Here you can buy Hungarian specialities such as, for example, the world-renowned Tokay wine Tokaji Aszú. “The wine of kings, the king of wines” – its special flavour is of sweet, overly ripe and shrivelled grapes. A dessert wine which complements cakes and desserts perfectly. On the first floor, they sell high quality Hungarian souvenirs such as cloth, garments etc.
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Liszt Ferenc International Airport

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.

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