City breaks in Budapest make a great short holiday, with lots of variety in what to see and do...
The mighty Danube River slices the Hungarian capital into hilltop Buda and elegant, urban Pest. South of the brilliant white Parliament, the Chain Bridge gracefully links the two.
A steep climb leads to Buda's Castle District, where medieval walls and cathedral towers stand guard over the shimmering river below. Back in Pest, locals chat in pavement cafés outside grand fin-de-siecle townhouses, sipping coffee or swigging hearty “bull's blood” wine.
There is a good range of museums, from the National Art Museum through to the Terror Museum - a recent addition to the capital telling the story of oppression under Nazi and Communist rule.
Getting into Budapest from the airport is relatively easy. Reasonably priced Zona Taxis whisk travellers directly to hotels in central Budapest in 30 minutes. Shared airport shuttles offer a cheap alternative into the city, but may take longer depending on each traveller's destination. City bus services provide the cheapest travel, arriving at the city's Metro line in about 1 hour.
For getting around the city use hop on hop off tourist buses or the excellent and cheap public transport of trams, buses and the metro.