EasyJet Holidays: Budapest
Welcome to your holiday in Hungary’s capital city. As one of the largest cities in Europe, Budapest mixes the old with the new. It has a rich history of different cultures settling on its lands, including the Romans, the Ottomans and the Celts. As a result, the city is filled to the brim with beautiful architecture, incredible food and a bustling pace of life. Its social calendar is one of the busiest in Europe. At any one time, you might be lucky enough to catch one of its many music festivals, concerts or city celebrations completely by accident. The city serves as a large meeting point for most of Europe’s younger generation and is a hotspot for travellers as well as families.
Comprised of the two islands, Buda and Pest, both the city’s lands rest beside the beautiful River Danube. Budapest’s famous sites include the 19th century Chain Bridge (one of the few bridges that connect the islands), Castle Hill and Hungary’s Gothic Parliament Building (home to the Hungarian crown jewels). By day, you can experience its rich and varied culture. By night, you can party until the sun comes up in its various restaurants, ‘ruin-bars’ and street tents. In the summer, the city can reach up to 21 degrees. In the winter, the temperature drops to as low as -1 degrees. Budapest hosts some of the best hotels in Europe and is renowned for its open and friendly people. It is a city always full of life, vibrancy and culture.
Top Budapest resorts
Palazzo Zichy is well known amongst holiday goers for its unforgettable charm, character and location. Just inside of the Great Boulevard, you are only 15 minutes from the Váci utca (famous for its variety of top restaurants and bars) and the renowned Parliament buildings. And if you want a really special evening out, the Budapest Operetta-theater is a 10-minute taxi ride from here as well.
Offering stylish apartments and a rustic hotel in the heart of the city, the Opera Garden Hotel and Apartments is a great way to enjoy the city of Budapest in your own way. The main hotel is based on the historic pedestrian street of Hajós and is only a short walk from the Opera House. In the summer time, the hotel’s roof terrace is a great way to enjoy the sunshine in style.
This family friendly resort is located in the suburbs of Budapest and hosts a water park on its premises. This is a great way to escape the city life of Budapest without losing the charm. No more than a 10-minute walk from the River Danube and the Megyeri Bridge, this is a prime location to explore both Buda and Pest with ease.
Things to do in Budapest
Castle Hill Walking Tour
Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets of one of Budapest’s most eminent historical sites. Begin your walk by taking the funicular to the top of Castle Hill. From there, you can enjoy lush gardens, panoramic views of Budapest’s Castle District and the renowned Fisherman’s Bastion.
Cruise along the Danube
One of the best ways to see Budapest is on a scenic cruise on the Danube River. Whether you fancy a quiet day of sightseeing in the sun or a romantic dinner beneath the stars, the cruise is a key part of your holiday in Budapest. Some of the tours offer wine tasting events and optional walks around the famous Margaret Island. If you have time, why not take a ride on the hydrofoils to the Danube Bend and Vienna (you get two holidays in one)?
Budapest isn’t known as the ‘City of Baths’ without good reason. It’s one of the few cities in Europe home to an authentic collection of Turkish Baths dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. If you really want to relax, take a dip in over 80 glorious thermal springs around the city, you won’t regret it.
One of Budapest’s most beautiful historical sites, Heroes Square is only a short walk from the Baths and the city centre. Built in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary, the square is one of the main reasons that Budapest is known as the ‘Paris of the East’.
Food and drink in Budapest…
Although Hungary’s local dishes are much richer and heavier than other European food, the taste is second to none. For the real local experience, sample some meat goulashes, fresh water fish and ‘modra’ (strips of beef served in a creamy sauce with peppers). Once you’ve unbuttoned your shirt a bit, wash your food down with some of the city’s local wines. Ones to look out for are Tokaji (a strong dessert wine), Bikavér (meaning ‘Bull’s Blood’) and Pálinka (a strong brandy that comes in apricot, plum, pear and cherry flavours).
Restaurants in Budapest
One of the most interesting parts of Budapest is its variety of places to eat and drink. Many of its restaurants, such as the Great Market Hall (a great place to pick up fresh vegetables and fruits) and the multiple Michelin star awarded Borkonyha, are unique to the style of Budapest and its culture. It’s a place filled with warm, hearty and fresh food at all times. But no trip to this city is complete without visiting Borbiróság. This is the best place to sample affordable Hungarian cuisine and enjoy its low-key ‘wine court’.
Going to Budapest with easyJet holidays…
Budapest is the ideal summer holiday destination. With a variety of great food, drink and culture to enjoy, the city of Budapest is the jewel of Hungary. Packed with museums, relaxing natural spas and a particularly exciting nightlife, the city is the perfect place to get an affordable taste of central Europe.
By booking with easyJet holidays, you can keep the cost of your city break in Budapest to a minimum. Offering flexible bookings and affordable flights, easyJet holidays can tailor make your getaway to fit you. Whether you are staying for 3 days or 3 weeks, booking your holiday with easyJet is flexible and easy.