Hot springs in the midst of the city, hill-top castles, tours via horse and carriage – there’s something a bit magical about Budapest...
One of the biggest and most enchanting cities in Europe, the Hungarian capital of Budapest is a word-of-mouth kind of place. It doesn’t applaud its own assets from its picture-perfect rooftops. It doesn’t have to, because past visitors do the job perfectly well.
And what do those visitors say? Well, they might mention the cityscape lit by moonlight and the thousands of bulbs that reflect on the surface of the river – a truly amazing sight. They might chat excitedly about that crazy day spent splashing in the hot waters of a Budapest bathhouse – the buildings a hangover from Turkish occupation 500 years ago. They might even tell you about that amazing Hungarian wine, discovered during a Danube cruise.
Whatever they say, their words should stoke the flames of your wanderlust and have you booking Budapest car hire, flights and hotels.
So what should you see while you’re in the city? The baths are a highlight for many, while hardly any tourist visits Budapest without seeing the castles of hilly and tree-clad Buda, which sits across the Danube from Pest. A river cruise is an essential element of any trip, offering the chance to see the city from one unique angle after another.
If your Budapest break coincides with the festive season, the main market in Vorosmarty Square is sure to blow your Christmas stockings off. Children skate, choirs sing and hot mulled wine seems to spread right into your toes to chase off the winter chill.
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Use your car to get around Budapest and also perhaps to leave the city limits in search of other holiday memories of Hungary...
When you rent a car, Budapest offers more than just city pleasures. Consider hitting the open roads that lead away from this busy metropolis to go in search of castles, riverside towns, traditional villages and vineyards that populate the seas of green within the countryside.
Szentendre, north of Budapest, is reached by road in around half an hour. This pretty and culturally rich town sits beside the river and is well known for its art galleries and museums.
Journeying west from the capital, you could be at the heart of the Etyek wine region in only 30 minutes. Grapes have been nurtured within this landscape for centuries, and wine-makers have honed their skills to perfection. Regular events celebrate the tasty efforts of the harvest.
Strike out east from Budapest and you’ll stumble upon the stunning Royal Palace in the town of Godollo.
It takes just over an hour to reach the shores of Lake Balaton from the city. The shores of this huge freshwater lake get very busy during the hot summer months, when Hungarians and tourists flock to the water’s edge to cool off or play water sports. A day trip is easy from Budapest, though there are plenty of hotels around Lake Balaton if you fancy staying a little longer.