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 Hungary's charming capital has something for everyone: the Danube river is lined with imposing architecture and a promenade perfect for a romantic walk, the city centre just a few minutes away is buzzing with quirky ruin pubs and trendy restaurants, while the castle-topped hills towering above the city offer a scenery you won't soon forget.

currency

Hungarian Forint, HUF (Ft)

phone

112
Ambulance: 104, fire brigade: 105, police: 107

newspaper

Magyar Hírlap
Magyar Nemzet

English:
https://bbj.hu/site
https://dailynewshungary.com

hours

Business hours are usually from 8.00 until 17.00. Certain offices might have shortened opening hours on Fridays. Major shopping malls and selected shops are open until around 20.00 including weekends.

population

1.7 million

info

Deák Ferenc Square
1052 Budapest, Sütő u. 2.
Opening hours: 8.00–20.00
Phone: +36 1 576 1401
www.budapestinfo.hu

website

https://welovebudapest.com/en
https://hellohungary.com/en

two young girls walking on liberty bridge

The City

The early history of Budapest dates back to the Roman ages, as many important settlements of the Empire were located in what we call Hungary today. Present-day Budapest was born in 1873 with the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest, and this was also the period that saw several large-scale construction works, having largely contributed to the postcard-perfect outlook the Paris of the East has today.

It was, however, a long way to come: the country was under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for over 200 years, and has a history heavily intertwined with the Hapsburg dynasty. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved with the outbreak of WWI, and even though the outcome of the second war brought relief to a Hungary with a populous Jewish community, years of Soviet suppression followed.

In the 1990s, the change of regime opened up a world of possibilities for a war-torn country, but the past will never be forgotten. Today, turbulent history is remembered in finely preserved landmarks scattered across the city, coexisting with vibrant young venues celebrating a whole new era.

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Do & See

Budapest offers plenty of entertainment all year round: from green parks and soothing thermal baths to architectural gems and museums, to be explored in city quarters all different in character.

The Parliament

Shoes on the Danube Bank

Buda Castle District

The Széchenyi Baths

Rudas Thermal Baths

Deák Ferenc tér

St. Stephen's Basilica

Heroes' Square

City Park (Városliget)

Citadel

Gellért Thermal Baths

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Hungarian National Museum

The Great Synagogue

Hungarian State Opera

House of Terror

Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

Bud Spencer Statue

Tram Line 2

Erzsébet Lookout Tower

Memento Sculpture Park

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Dining

From gourmet dining to little canteen-like eateries, Budapest has plenty of options for a culinary adventure: international restaurants abound in the city, but you never have to look far to find a filling bowl of goulash or a crispy, cheese-topped lángos bread.

Onyx restaurant

Costes Downtown

Gundel Restaurant

Déryné Bisztró

Bock Bisztró

Menza

Baraka

Fakanál

Borssó Bistro

Klassz

Spinoza Café and Restaurant

Kék Rózsa

Lecsó

Retro Lángos

Al Dente

Fecske Presszó

LEVES.

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Cafes

From opulent, fin de siècle cafés to new wave coffee houses, Budapest never fails to entice the lovers of caffeine. Confectioneries too abound to offer you traditional Hungarian desserts: make sure you try a good strudel or kürtőskalács, a spit cake best had with cinnamon coating (look in markets or Váci street). Winter favourites include walnut puree with whipped cream, and flódni, a rich dessert layered with poppy seed, walnut, and apple. Whenever your visit is, there's plenty to see in the city to walk all these off.

New York Café

Centrál Café

Gerbeaud

Ruszwurm

Gerlóczy Café

Művész Kávéház

Callas Café

Szamos Gourmet House

Auguszt Confectionery

Hadik Café

Lumen

fekete

Artigiana Gelati

Café Frei

Cserpes Milk Bar

Cat Café Budapest

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Bars & Nightlife

Ruin pubs in Budapest are having their heyday, as old abandoned buildings are given a second chance by being creatively transformed into quirky eclectic bars, having earned the city the nickname Party Capital of Europe.
Head to Deák Ferenc tér or get off the tram anywhere along the Grand Boulevard, and take to the streets of the fifth and seventh districts, the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods where parties and shots of pálinka never seem to come to an end.

Szimpla Kert

Fogas Ház

Gozsdu Courtyard

Kisüzem

Ellátó Kert

PONTOON

Morrison's 2

A38

Macska

Grandio Bar

Spoon

4es 6os

herend porcelain cup

Shopping

Upscale shopping streets, unique antique shops, and a vast selection of western brands at convenient eastern European prices have made Budapest a popular shopping destination. The city is also abundant in world-famous treasures of Hungarian origin, as porcelain manufacturers Herend and Zsolnay both have a factory shop here.

Váci Street (Váci utca)

Great Market Hall (Vásárcsarnok)

Andrássy Avenue

Fashion Street

Bálna

Retrock

WestEnd

Downtown Market in Hold Street

Ecseri Flea Market

happy girl enjoying spa in budapest

Spas and Thermal Baths

Thanks to the geological features of the Carpathian Basin, Hungary is extremely rich in thermal springs, and the area of Budapest is no exception: the capital stretches across over 100 springs, many of them accessible to the public in beautiful historical buildings, abundant in the City of Baths.

The Széchenyi Baths

Lukács Baths

Rudas Thermal Baths

Gellért Thermal Baths

Dandár Baths

Király Thermal Bath

Palatinus

Csillaghegyi Baths

Paskál Beach

Pünkösdfürdői Beach

Római Beach

Aquaworld

Veli bej Bath

Corinthia Hotel Royal Spa

Mandala Day Spa

Magnolia Day Spa

Masculin Gentlemen's Salon & Day Spa

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Essential Information

Best Time to Visit

Hungary has a mild continental climate with considerable differences in temperature between the summer and winter seasons. The warmest months are June to August with averages above 25°C, while they tend to drop below zero around December and January. Rainfall is to be expected all year round, but especially in May, June, and in the autumn season from September to November.

There is a plethora of activities to do in and around Budapest all year round. The Christmas market in Vörösmarty square is noted among the most beautiful in Europe, while the Sziget Fesztivál held every August features a lineup that attracts visitors from all over the world year by year.

Passport / Visa

Hungary can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend that you contact the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Budapest Airport (BUD)

Liszt Ferenc International Airport lies 16 km southeast of the city, and there are various means of transport linking it with the city centre. You can either take Metro 3 towards Kőbánya-Kispest and change to bus 200E using your standard pass or ticket, or take the direct bus 100E right from the city centre, in which case a special fare applies.

Address: 1185 Budapest

Phone: +36 1 296 9696

Website: www.bud.hu/en

Public Transport

Public transportation in Budapest is provided by BKK. Tickets and passes can be purchased from purple ticket machines near the stops, or on board at an elevated price. A single ticket is only valid for a single journey excluding any changes (except within the same metro station), so it is worth buying a pass valid for a selected number of days.

Budapest has a very well-connected public transportation system, but apart from a few sights, it is easy to explore on foot. The four metro lines as well as trams 2, 4, and 6 can be used to the major sights of the city.

Budapest is served by four railway stations for regional transport: Keleti, Déli, Nyugati, and Kelenföld, whereas the national bus terminal is found at Népliget.

Address: BKK Centre: Rumbach Sebestyén u. 19–21., Széll Kálmán tér (metro 2)

Email: bkk@bkk.hu

Phone: +36 1 3 255 255

Website: https://bkk.hu

Taxi

Contact any of the operators below:

Budapest Taxi
+36 1 777 77 77
rendeles@budapesttaxi.hu
www.budapesttaxi.hu

Fő Taxi
http://fotaxi.hu/?lang=en
+36 1 222 22 22

6x6 Taxi
+36 1 6 666 666
http://new.6x6taxi.hu

Post

Postal services in Hungary are provided by Magyar Posta Zrt., and post offices in Budapest are open from 7.00 or 8.00 until around 19.00. Nyugati railway station has extended opening hours until 20.00, among a few others.

Address: Teréz körút 51.

Email: ugyfelszolgalat@posta.hu

Phone: +36 1 767 8282

Website: www.posta.hu/international

Telephone

Country code: +36 (within Hungary: 06)
Area code: 1

Electricity

In Hungary the standard voltage is 230V/50Hz. Socket type: F

Pharmacy

Several pharmacies have 24-hour service numbers you can phone at any time, such as at Frankel Leo u. 22.
+36 1 212 43 11

Mária Gyógyszertár
1139, Béke tér 11.
+36 1 320 80 06

Royal Gyógyszertár
1073, Erzsébet krt. 58.
+36 1 235 01 37

Uránia Gyógyszertár
1088, Rákóczi út 23.
+36 1 338 4036

Széna-tér Patika-Fitotéka-Homeopátia
1015, Széna tér 1.
+36 1 225 78 30

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