Budapest, Hungary has something for everyone and it’s where history meets the present. From the Roman, neo-Gothic, Renaissance, and Ottoman architecture to the thermal baths and rich night scenes, the capital of Hungary has it all. Whether you’re looking for a bit of history and culture or shopping and restaurants, Budapest is the place to go and fall is the best time to travel there. Here’s what you need to know to plan your Budapest vacation.
Best Time to Visit
March to May and September through November are the best times to visit Budapest. It’s the shoulder season and the weather is best, plus, the city isn’t full of tourists. The temperatures range from lows in the mid-30s to highs in the low-70s. It’s hottest in the summer and wettest, but that doesn’t stop tourists from visiting.
How to Get Around
You’re best getting around Budapest on foot or via public transportation. The neighborhoods in the city are walkable, but for getting across town you’ll need to take public transportation. You can also take a taxi or Uber.
Where to Stay
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
Located along the banks of the Danube River and close to the city’s top attractions, the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, a 5-star hotel, has one of the best locations. The property has an infinity-edge pool, an exercise facility with personal trainers, a ballroom, and a brasserie and bar.
Aria Hotel Budapest
This 5-star hotel is special because it has modern accommodations with a music twist. Created by Hungarian designer Zoltán Várro, the guest rooms and suites are spread across four floors inspired by classical, jazz, opera, and contemporary music with decor that represents artists like B.B. King, Bach, and The Supremes. The complimentary breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese reception are highlights of the hotel. There’s also a roof garden with 360˚ views, a pool, sauna, whirpool, spa, fitness center, and steam bath.
Prestige Hotel Budapest
Prestige Hotel Budapest, a 4-star hotel built by architect Jozsef Hild from a former 19th-century townhouse, is in the heart of the city and it has a Michelin-star restaurant. The hotel is perfect for foodies and architect lovers.
What to Do
Castle Hill (Várhegy)
The largest public square in the city has the Milineary Monument, which was erected in 1896 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary. The square and monument are dedicated to those who lost their lives fighting for Hungary’s independence. Seven Magyar chieftains, 14 statues of royalty, and other important figures in Hungarian history are featured in the monument.
One of Budapest’s most famous landmarks, the Hungarian Parliament was completed in 1902 and the Hungarian National Assembly still meet there. The main attraction is the building’s architecture, statues, and paintings. Other highlights are views of the Danube River and the artifacts like Hungary’s crown jewels.
What to Eat
Hungary’s national dish, goulash is a paprika-flavored soup loaded with meat, potatoes, tomato paste, and seasonings. It has a rich flavor and is sometimes served with a side of bread for dipping.
Also known as chicken paprikash, this chicken dish is flavored with butter, onion, stock, sour cream, salt, and paprika. Usually, it’s served with nokedli Hungarian dumplings.
Kürtoskalács (Chimney Cake)
This cake is sweet dough rolled in sugar, cinnamon, nuts, or cocoa and it’s famous all around Central and Eastern Europe, but it’s one of the oldest pastries in Hungary. It’s sold in markets and food courts around the city.