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Welcome to Budapest

The Hungarian capital is waiting for you to explore it

Budapest is the city of innovators and renewal. The city’s main parts on the two banks of the river, Pest, Buda and Óbuda, all have their own character yet they form a unit. Walking the streets reveals a developing metropolis every bit pervaded with history yet looking into the future – while holding countless treasures to the traveler of the present.

Hungarian Parliament Building

The neo-Gothic style Parliament building completed in 1904 is Budapest’s tallest building. The Holy Crown and the coronation jewelry are held there.

Castle Hill

This part of the city features the most beautiful panorama and has been inhabited by kings for centuries, today it houses the National Gallery.

Heroes' Square

In the most recognizable square of Budapest, at the edge of the City Park and near Széchenyi Bath, sculptures of the nation’s legendary leaders can be seen.

Great Market Hall

Unrivaled gastronomic experiences, farm-fresh delicacies and stunning architecture: there are many trasures to be founnd under this Zsolnay tiled market.

Dohány Street Synagogue

The synagogue in the historic Jewish quarter is the largest in Europe, besides its sacred role, it is also a cornerstone of the cultural life of Budapest.

The Hungarian National Museum

Hungary’s first national museum has been collecting, preserving and presenting items of cultural heritage of the Carpathian Basin since 1802.

Hungarian Parliament Building

The neo-Gothic style Parliament building completed in 1904 is Budapest’s tallest building. The Holy Crown and the coronation jewelry are held there.

Castle Hill

This part of the city features the most beautiful panorama and has been inhabited by kings for centuries, today it houses the National Gallery.

Heroes’ Square

In the most recognizable square of ​​Budapest, at the edge of the City Park and near Széchenyi Bath, sculptures of the nation’s legendary leaders can be seen.

Great Market Hall

Unrivaled gastronomic experiences, farm-fresh delicacies and stunning architecture: there are many trasures to be founnd under this Zsolnay tiled market.

Dohány Street Synagogue

The synagogue in the historic Jewish quarter is the largest in Europe, besides its sacred role, it is also a cornerstone of the cultural life of Budapest.

The Hungarian National Museum

Hungary’s first national museum has been collecting, preserving and presenting items of cultural heritage of the Carpathian Basin since 1802.

Things to do in Budapest

You will not get bored for a second!

Budapest is very versatile and can offer many opportunites for both active and passive recreation all day long. We have collected some activities below that may well be the best way to get acquainted with the city; we could say that we have collected activities that present the real, colorful face of Budapest.

Baths

Budapest is called the city of baths for a good reason, you should visit at least one of them during your stay. Spend a couple hours in the hot water relaxing, play some chess in the water using a floating styrofoam block to support the chessboard, or simply switch between pools all day long – these are a casual luxuries that every Hungarian is familiar with. Would you like to try it too? There are many opportunities to do so including the Rudas bath, the Széchényi bath and the Palatinus beach.

Boat trips

Walking its streets is not the only way to discover the wonders of Budapest – a gorgeous panorama awaits you from the river as the public transport system covers not only above and below the surfaceof the city but also the Danube. A boat trip offers a great opportunity for you to explore the capital: see the city from Újpest to Csepel rocking on the glittering Danube, marvel at the architectural masterpieces from the water and pass under every one of Budapest’s characteristic bridges! Which one will be your favorite?

Segway tours/
Tesla transfer

There are several alternativeways to explore Budapest: we recommend segway tours to the more adventurous travelers. You can see many things in a short time, yet the experience is similar to going on a stroll in the city. For those who would prefer comfort we would like to recommend a sightseeing tour on the seat of a Tesla car: our driver knows the most spectacular sights of the city that you can admire from the electric sports car regardless of the weather.

Baths

Boat trips

Segway tours/
Tesla transfer

Budapest is called the city of baths for a good reason, you should visit at least one of them during your stay. Spend a couple hours in the hot water relaxing, play some chess in the water using a floating styrofoam block to support the chessboard, or simply switch between pools all day long – these are a casual luxuries that every Hungarian is familiar with. Would you like to try it too? There are many opportunities to do so including the Rudas bath, the Széchényi bath and the Palatinus beach.

Walking its streets is not the only way to discover the wonders of Budapest – a gorgeous panorama awaits you from the river as the public transport system covers not only above and below the surfaceof the city but also the Danube. A boat trip offers a great opportunity for you to explore the capital: see the city from Újpest to Csepel rocking on the glittering Danube, marvel at the architectural masterpieces from the water and pass under every one of Budapest’s characteristic bridges! Which one will be your favorite?

There are several alternativeways to explore Budapest: we recommend segway tours to the more adventurous travelers. You can see many things in a short time, yet the experience is similar to going on a stroll in the city. For those who would prefer comfort we would like to recommend a sightseeing tour on the seat of a Tesla car: our driver knows the most spectacular sights of the city that you can admire from the electric sports car regardless of the weather.

Where to shop

Treasures lie behind every corner

Central Budapest is filled with century-old buildings and in many of them you may find stores of the most prestigious brands from all over the world as well as progressive local designers’. If you tread attentively, you might bring something home from your shopping trip that reflects local designers’ taste and their view of the world – if you indulge in purchasing clothes, items and accessories that have a story, you came to the right place!

Andrássy street

Budapest’s most prestigious shopping street is home to plenty of luxury brand stores and great restaurants. Exploring Andrássy street can be a splendid activity for a whole day: the most shops are located between Erzsébet square and Oktogon, under the shade of trees on the sides of the road, while the section between Oktogon and Heroes’ Square is arguably the most romantic route for a stroll.

Falk Miksa street

Just a few steps away from the Parliament lies Falk Miksa street, featuring the largest concentration of antique stores in Budapest. Going from shop to shop, browsing amongst relics,spending some time examining a rare treasure, listening to the shops’ experts tales about their wares, then going home with something specialis a great pastime for anyone who would like to get lost for a little while amongst antiques.

Designer stores

In Budapest – probably due to the high-quality art programmes or because of the stimulating environment – a high number of people choose design and fashion design as means of self-expression to the joy of lovers of unique clothes, items and furniture. Walking in the narrowest alleys of downtown Budapest there is always a chance of stumbling upon a gallery, brand store or pop-up store that make Budapest worthy of mentioning among the most important fashion capitals of the world.

Hungarian cuisine

Taste Hungary

Goulash soup

The simple shepherd’s dish is regarded as one of Hungary’s most recognizable culinary staples due to the reform efforts of Joseph II in the 18th century. This hearty soup that is often cooked in a pot over an open fire contains root vegetables, paprika and cubes of delicious beef simply asks to be made in large batches since sharing the experience with friends and family is an integral part of Hungarian culture.

Lángos

Ask any Hungarian: no other food is associated more with summer and especially spending time on the beach than lángos. This circle of fried dough measuring around 20-30 centimeters in diameter is the original Hungarian street food, most often consumed spread with garlic oil, sour cream & grated cheese as toppings or even plain, only with a pinch of salt on top.

Meat soup

If you ever get an invitation to a Sunday lunch at a Hungarian household, it is wise either to have breakfast early or to skip the meal entirely. The abundant Sunday lunch is sacred among Hungarians and the menu most often starts with a serving of rich, golden meat soup. The meat, bones, cartilage and marrow that simmers in the soup for hours provide the taste, but all of them get filtered out before serving. Noodles and spicy peppers are optional.

Chicken paprikash

Another Hungarian staple is food with a ground paprika and sautéd onion base, the most well-known probably is the chicken paprikash. This main course is usually made with sour cream in the sauce and dumplings on the side, it contains chicken breast, thighs, drumsticks and even wings sometimes, so that everyone can pick their favorite parts of the chicken. When you finish a plate it is recommended to wipe out the last drops of the delicious sauce with a piece of bread.

Chimney cake

The name and the unique shape of this local delicacy originates from how it is made: a strip of yeast dough is rolled around a wooden cylinder, then gets baked above hot cinder while it is constantly turned and brushed with butter to prevent drying out. When it is ready, the cake gets pulled off of the wooden cylinder and gets rolled in flavored sugar.

Dobos torte

This layered cake was invented by József Dobos C., a 19th century confectioner with an intent to create a cake that lasts long despite the lack of cooling techniques available at the time. The Dobos torte was first introduced in 1884 and its innovative feature was the sweet chocolate buttercream filling thanks to which this elegantly minimalistic cake could reach the furthest corners of Europe in carts filled with salted ice.

The best of local gastronomy

Fine dining in Budapest

Since the past few years the quality of gastronomy in Budapest is measured in Michelin stars – from the enthusiastic and young beginners to the seasoned chefs who had the chance to work in some of the world’s best kitchens an increasing amount of restaurant owners and cooks feel it is time to show their art to the world. In our small collection we recommend 3 restaurants of the highest quality where you can taste what restaurant experts think signature tastes of a developing metropolis should be.

Borkonyha

One of the Michelin-star restaurants in Budapest is a busy, wine-centered restaurant next to the Basilica. The menu changes often: those who visit Borkonyha are served modern, professionally executed dishes that reflect Hungarian influence and are made of the highest possible quality ingredients all year round. The seasonal ingredients are purchased from countries in the region, and a high number of excellent Hungarian items can be found in the vast wine list.

Baraka

If you wish to be admired by your dinner partners’ for the choice of dinner venue, the Baraka is a great choice. It is a fine dining restaurant just a few steps from our hotel. Visiting Baraka means a remarkable gastronomic experience is to be expected: the menu reveals an exciting fusion of French and Asian cuisine, combined with perfect hospitality. If you are looking for original dishes that you may consume in trendy surroundings, visit Baraka!

Evidens Bisztro

You can taste classic Hungarian cuisine in Evidens Bistro, outstandingly prepared and served in a modern setting. The main attraction of the place is that certain meals are prepared at the guest’s table, thus enriching the experience of the excellent culinary delights. It is also worth mentioning that Evidens Bistro, in contrast to most fine dining restaurants, serve large portions – just as we Hungarians love it.

Budapest at night

Fun 24 hours a day

When the sun goes down Budapest shows a different face to the world. Numerous clubs, ruin and regular pubs, bars await the explorers of the Budapest nightlife that offer various activities every week.

Akvárium klub

Located next to the traffic junction of Deák Ferenc Square, one of the most popular music venues can be found called Akvárium Klub which offers one of the most diverse programmes in the city. Walking under Erzsébet square’s glass-bottomed pool into the club, visitors find themselves in a spacious, 3-room entertainment venue, where performers such as John Mayall, Klaxons, Kollektiv Turmstrasse and many others had done shows before.

Ruin pubs

Many justifiably regard ruin pubs Budapest’s most attractive phenomena: in the heart of downtown Budapest and the historic Jewish quarters, bars with unique atmospheres are hiding. The shabby but immensely creative, conceptual interiors promise exciting times for every guest – it is for a good reason that pubs like Szimpla Kert, Kuplung or Fogasház are deemed mandatory places to visit in Budapest.

Kiosk Bar

Kiosk is one of the most popular places on the Pest side of the river, partly thanks to its unique location with perfect outlook over the Citadel and gorgeous view of the Danube. We recommend visiting this venue multiple times, in different parts o the day: it is completely different if you organize a business lunch here and it is different at night when you visit Kiosk for a fun night with friends.

Beyond the capital

Some days out of town

One fifth of Hungary’s population lives in the capital, which is considered as a blooming metropolis, but there are plenty of the country’s treasures to see beyond the boundaries of Budapest – if you have time to spare, we recommend exploring other places abundant with things to do as well. We would like to give you some useful recommendations in the following.

Balaton

Hungary’s largest lake is one of the most attractive national trasures for tourists. The fabulous Balaton can be reached within two hours from the capital but it is worth determining which part of the “Hungarian sea” you would rather discover: the southern shore is one of the region’s most popular and Hungary’s most visited resort area, while the picturesque northern shore offers wines of outstanding quality and it is home to exciting wineries.

Etyek

Among the Hungarian wine-growing regions the Etyek wine region, just a few kilometers from Budapest, stands out. Etyek vineyards are home to great vine varieties of which famous local wineries make excellent wines that can be enjoyed in their cozy gardens. Furhturemore, Etyek is also the center of the thriving Hungarian film industry: in recent years, many Hollywood blockbusters have been shot in Korda Studios, nicknamed Etyekwood, which also welcomes tourists.

Szentendre

Szentendre’s wonderful cobbled walkways, charming gardens, art galleries, restaurants and wine cellars make it a popular destination for everyone looking for new experiences near the capital. Visit the Miniature Museum, explore the Open Air Folk Museum or have a refreshing drink on the terrace of a café. We are confident that this wonderful bicycle-friendly town will steal your heart too.

Learn hungarian

SZIA!

is a way of greeting one single friend, Sziasztok! is the plural form, or how you would greet multiple friends. Szervusz! / Szervusztok (plural)! is also informal but more formal then Szia!.

KÖSZÖNÖM
(SZÉPEN)!

means „thank you”, Szívesen! is „you’re welcome”.

JÓ ÉTVÁGYAT!

Jó étvágyat! is what you would say when commencing a meal.

ÖRVENDEK!

When introducing yourself, it is nice to say Örvendek! (pleased to meet you).

JÓ REGGELT
(KÍVÁNOK)!/

JÓ NAPOT
(KÍVÁNOK)!/

JÓ ESTÉT
(KÍVÁNOK)!/

are (I wish you a) good morning

(I wish you a) good day Jó napot fits any time of the day until sunset.

(I wish you a) good night.

Adding „kívánok” makes these greetings slightly more formal.

NEM BESZÉLEK
MAGYARUL

Knowing the expression Nem beszélek magyarul can prove especially useful as clarifying early on that you do not speak Hungarian can make things easier for everyone.

Szia!

is a way of greeting one single friend, Sziasztok! is the plural form, or how you would greet multiple friends. Szervusz! / Szervusztok (plural)! is also informal but more formal then Szia!.

Köszönöm (szépen)!

means „thank you”, Szívesen! is „you’re welcome”.

Jó étvágyat!

Jó étvágyat! is what you would say when commencing a meal.

Örvendek!

When introducing yourself, it is nice to say Örvendek! (pleased to meet you).

Jó reggelt (kívánok)!

(I wish you a) good morning.

JÓ NAPOT (KÍVÁNOK)!

(I wish you a) good day Jó napot fits any time of the day until sunset.

Jó estét (kívánok)!

(I wish you a) good night.

Nem beszélek magyarul

Knowing the expression Nem beszélek magyarul can prove especially useful as clarifying early on that you do not speak Hungarian can make things easier for everyone.