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Budapest | Hungary

The birthplace of the Rubik’s cube, ballpoint pen, holography and several Nobel Prize winners, Budapest boasts an innovative culture, as well as classical composers such as Bartok, Kodaly and Liszt. Hungary's magnificent capital spans both sides of the Danube River, as it was once two cities, Buda and Pest, united (along with Obuda) to become a single city in 1873. Famous landmarks, including the Parliament building, medieval Castle Hill and the historic Chain Bridge, have withstood the test of time and numerous invasions. Many sites are UNESCO World Heritage-listed and they add to the city’s distinguished skyline and persuasive old-world charm.

Must-Sees

Passengers boarding the Grand Empress Train

The Grand Empress

Behind closed doors, Budapest Railway Station’s Royal Waiting Rooms once hosted Habsburg royals. Exclusive welcome receptions are the order of today, before boarding the regal Grand Empress steam train for an indulgent trip back in time.
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Great Market Hall Culinary Tour

Moments from the Danube, lies Budapest's Great Market Hall, designed by Hungarian architect Samu Pecz in 1896. Visitors browse handicrafts and culinary tours are a great way to explore this indoor market, where local chefs buy fresh produce.
Hungary Esztergom

Explore Esztergom

On the banks of the Danube, the town of Esztergom makes an easy day trip from Budapest. Former royal seat from the late 10th to mid-13th centuries, Esztergom's giant basilica marks the starting point for this lovely town's historical discoveries.

Local Recommendations

When it comes to local knowledge there's no one better to show you the way than our on-the-ground team. Read on to find out their favourite dining venues, places of interest, customs or secrets, gained through living in these cities or returning to them time and again.

Meet Local Expert – Emese Balizs

Living in Budapest, APT Tour Director Emese Balisz loves to show guests her hometown. Emese shares some of her personal favourites to experience Hungary's capital like a local. Ways to make the most of Budapest's highlights, as well as cultural, dining or everyday experiences you'll only come across if you know the ins and outs of this city.

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General Information

Country: Hungary

 

Currency: The Hungarian forint (HUF)


International dialling code:
+36

Local time: GMT +1 

 

Note: Travel as we know it has changed in 2021. We're working to ensure all information is accurate but please check before heading out.

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Population: Budapest's population is approximately 1.7 million. Hungary's is estimated at over 9.6 million.

Language: Hungarian or ‘Magyar’ is the official language of Hungary, spoken by over 98% of the population. Minority languages include German, Croatian, Romani, Serbian and Romanian.

 

Useful phrases: Jo napot (hello); Koszonom (thank you); Szia (goodbye); Jo reggelt (good morning); Jo ejszakat (good evening).

Folk showsHungary is world-renowned for its folk shows with colourful costumes and ensembles performing folk dances, including Budapest's Festival of Folk Arts in mid-August.

Hearty food: Paprika; chicken paprikash with buttered egg noodles; goulash (gulyas); langos which is a deep-fried doughy flatbread eaten warm with sour cream and grated cheese spread on the top or with garlicky butter; chicken paprikash with buttered egg noodles.

Thermal baths: Budapest is known for its hot baths and people soaking in the city's therapeutic thermal waters. Szechenyi Baths are Budapest's best-known baths with 18 pools open to the public, while Palatinus Baths on Margaret Island are popular too.