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Flights to Budapest (BUD)

Traditional attractions, a buzzing nightlife scene and a fascinating history ensure there are plenty of things to do in Budapest.
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Budapest, Hungary

What to do in Budapest

Visit Szimpla Kért

The 'ruin pub' trend in Budapest’s Seventh District – derelict buildings that have been taken over and re-opened as lounges – began with Szimpla, the first to open and still one of the best. It was once a factory, and it’s huge. Join the locals and chill out in the big garden.

14 Kazinczy utca
+36 20 261 8669
szimpla.hu

See some art at W.A.M.P.

Budapest’s weekly design market, W.A.M.P., showcases the best of local design and each week the theme changes, from fashion to food to kids’ stuff. It takes place on Sunday at least one a month at a various locations – season depending – around town, including the Millenáris park area.

Millenáris
Kis Rókus u. 16-20
1024
+36 1 797 7090
wamp.hu/en

Relax in the Széchenyi Medical Baths

Medicinal baths are one of Budapest’s best traditions. Located in City Park, the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths, also known as the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, is one of the biggest at 6,500 square metres. The neo-Baroque complex, with hot and cold baths both inside and out, is a wonderful place to while away an afternoon in true Hungarian style.

9-11 Állatkerti körút
1146
+36 1 363 3210
szechenyibath.hu

Memento Park

A very unique attraction in Budapest, Memento Park is home to around 40 massive discarded statues of Communist leaders such as Stalin, Lenin and Marx, all of which were pulled down and trashed after the fall of Communism. It’s a bizarre yet moving sight, and well worth the slight trek out of the city centre.

Balatoni Road and Szabadkai Street
1223
+36 1 424 7500
mementopark.hu

Challengeland

For families travelling to Budapest with children, Challengeland makes for a fun day out. Also sometimes referred to as Kalandpálya, it’s essentially a giant zip-line playground in the leafy Buda Hills. Perfect for active types of all ages, there’s a climbing wall, an underground labyrinth and a canopy walk to explore.

Konkoly-Thege Miklós út 21
Buda Hills
1121
+36 20 599 8501
kalandpalya.com/lang/en

Trek to the top of Castle Hill

You can see Castle Hill from anywhere in Budapest, but it’s worth making the trek to the top for the views of the city and river. The plateau is a Unesco World Heritage Site and hosts the city’s most significant medieval monuments as well as museums, cafes and charming little streets. Check out the Budapest History Museum.

Budapest History Museum
Szent György tér 2
1014
+36 1 487 8800
btm.hu

Where to eat in Budapest

Costes (Modern international)

The Michelin-starred Costes is surprisingly casual – there’s no need for a suit and tie, just a voracious appetite to tuck into the set menus (four, five, six and seven courses). Chef Miguel Rocha Vieira is a master of technique, and sends out adventurous dishes – like pigeon two ways, with beetroot and coffee.

4 Ráday utca
1092
+36 1 219 0696
costes.hu/en

Café Gerbeaud (Cafe)

A bright and cheerful Vienna-style cafe, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858, dishing up delectable confectionary to the locals. Now they offer a hearty menu of homey food as well, serving Hungarian dishes such as goulash and cabbage stew as well as an incredible range of sweet treats.

7-8 Vörösmarty tér
1051
+36 1 429 9000
gerbeaud.hu

Borkonyha (Contemporary Hungarian)

With a name that translates to “wine kitchen”, this Michelin-starred restaurant is a draw for anyone who wants to explore a diverse and often forgotten element of Hungarian dining. Hearty traditional dishes like purple cabbage soup with steamed dumplings or goulash with beef tenderloin are reformatted into delicious and of-the-moment creations.

Sas utca 3
+36 1 2660835
borkonyha.hu

Café Kör (Hungarian bistro)

Classic Hungarian food done right is the ethos behind Café Kör, and it’s a good one. Packed every night with locals, the bistro does excellent steak tartare and goose liver pate. The exquisite desserts, including the somlói galuska, a Hungarian trifle of chocolate and cream, are well worth the calories.

17 Sas utca
1051
+36 1 311 0053
cafekor.com

Lumen Kávézó (Cafe)

You can find excellent coffee at Lumen, where the beans are roasted in-house. There's a gallery space too, and the cafe hosts mini-exhibitions of photographs and video art by locals. It’s a good place to get a sense of how the city’s art scene is growing.

2 Mikszáth Kálmán tér
+36 1 781 5156
1088
facebook.com/lumen.kavezo

Central Market Hall (Food hall)

One of the world’s great food halls, this stunning building houses an incredible number of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to local sausages and cheese. Walk around, snacking as you go, and grab some Hungarian paprika to take home as souvenir.

1-3 Vámház körút
1093
+36 1 366 3300
piaconline.hu/new

Places to stay in Budapest

Lánchíd 19

This city centre hotel has just 48 rooms, all with trendy design touches like bedside lamps shaped like giant light bulbs. You'll find it on the banks of the Danube River and adjacent to the Chain Bridge. It's easy to spot: the hotel’s facade, covered with louvered windows and LED lights, changes colour after dark.

19 Lánchíd utc
1013
+36 1 419 1900
lanchid19hotel.hu

Gerlóczy Rooms de Lux

This gorgeous boutique hotel has a great location in the historic city centre, and the building itself dates back to 1892. There are just 19 rooms, situated above a lively cafe, with Art Deco decor and modern conveniences like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.

1 Gerlóczy utca
1052
+36 1 5014 000
gerloczy.hu

Baltazar

Staying in the Castle District means not only being close to a major tourist attraction, but getting to sleep in a quiet neighbourhood of gorgeous cobblestone streets. The 11 beautiful rooms at Baltazar are individually decorated, the restaurant is first-rate, and the boutique atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

31 Országház utca
1014
+36 1 300 7050
baltazarbudapest.com

Backpack Guesthouse (Shantee House)

The Backpack is located slightly outside the city centre, but it’s worth travelling to – this has been one of the city’s friendliest, most popular hostels for more than two decades. There’s a garden in the back (complete with a yurt), a full kitchen, bike rental, free Wi-Fi, and both dormitories and private rooms are available.

Takács Menyhért utca 33
1113
+36 1 385 8946
backpackbudapest.hu

Art’otel budapest

If you’re staying at the art’otel, try to get either a room with a view of the Danube or an ‘art room’, decorated with the work of contemporary artist Donald Sultan. You can also take art tours of the hotel, whose public spaces are packed with sculpture and paintings.

16-19 Bem Rakpart
1011
+36 1 487 9487
artotels.com/budapest-hotel-hu-h-1011/hunbuart

Butterfly Home

Everyone who stays at Butterfly Home raves about the service – this guesthouse is family-run and the owners do everything they can to make your stay comfortable. Cosy rooms, a quiet location, and lots of little conveniences make this a top choice if you like the personal touch.

3 Képíró utca
1053
+36 30 964 7287
butterflyhome.hu

Articles from Open Skies

BudapestConsidered by many to be one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the Hungarian capital was once two separate cities, Buda and Pest, which were unified in 1873. Despite Budapest’s relatively short history, the city boasts a rich and vibrant history reflected in the many cultural attractions for tourists to enjoy. World Heritage sites blend with a multitude of dining and shopping options, as well as extensive hot water baths, to create a city full of welcome surprises.
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