Budapest: Introduction

The Capital of Hungary

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Widely regarded as one of the most attractive cities in the world, Budapest in central Hungary is home to some of the most stunning architecture and has a rich blend of culture and history. World Heritage sights in Budapest include the domineering figure of Buda Castle in Castle Hills, the government area of Andrassy Street and the Millennium Underground Railway, the first of its kind in Europe.

Budapest is a large and busy city, but an excellent public transport system makes it easily accessible and the cheapest and easiest means of getting around. Hiring a car can be expensive and the roads in Budapest are heavy with traffic whilst cycling can also be hazardous as there are not sufficient enough bicycle paths. As well as the historical and cultural interests in Budapest, Hungary's capital has growing reputation as a party city and has a plethora of bars and clubs providing a vibrant party atmosphere and a fantastic night out. Like most major cities in the former Easter Bloc, Budapest is not as cheap as it once was, though with a little research you will find plenty of places to stay in Budapest that is within your budget. Accommodation is available for around £40, but it is relatively basic.

If you want anything with a 3 star rating or above, be prepared to pay anything from £60 upwards a night. Hungarian food is mainly goulash, sauerkraut, dumplings and cabbage, though there is a wealth of restaurants and bars offering cuisine from around the world so you won't have any difficulties finding places to eat in Budapest. Budapest is best viewed at night when the city lights provide some spectacular and romantic settings and with a vast system of natural thermal baths, the 'city of spas' is the ideal destination to relax and be pampered.