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All About Budapest
Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is a bustling metropolis in central Europe. The Danube River splits the city in two, and Budapest’s many bridges help reconnect it. Each bridge has a story behind its name and serves as a historical symbol of this cosmopolitan capital. Budapest’s cityscape is a mix of architecture, from classic Baroque and Gothic styles to sleek, modern buildings.
The best way to experience Budapest is to take part in local life. Explore public spaces, such as the lush City Park, and wander through the alleyways full of street art and make a detour to a pop-up flea market for a unique souvenir. Throughout your city journey, find one of the many thermal, outdoor baths scattered throughout the downtown area. Budapest also hosts several festivals throughout the year. For more insight into Hungary’s compelling history, you can visit one of Budapest’s national museums.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Budapest
Budapest has four distinct seasons. During the hot summertime, you can lounge by one of the city’s swim-friendly outdoor baths. Winter can be cold and rainy and you might see snow if you visit Budapest from December to March. Holiday markets and an outdoor ice skating rink at City Park will also keep you busy this time of year. When spring arrives, Budapest hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, and you can picnic near the bright purple cherry blossom trees in full bloom through April. Autumn is cool and comfortable, and a busy time for local festivals. One of the city’s well-known events during fall is the international wine festival at Buda Castle. There are a variety of vacation rentals in Budapest from downtown lofts and vacation apartments to luxury rooms and everything in between. Since it’s a pedestrian-friendly city, it’s best to choose accommodations that are in a convenient location.
Top things to do in Budapest
Museum of Fine Arts
Discover some of Europe’s most impressive artwork at Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts in Heroes’ Square. The museum’s neoclassical design is a work of art in itself, and the building has undergone reconstruction over the last several years. Its diverse art collections include classical antiquities, master paintings, sculptures, and regularly changing temporary exhibitions.
Liberty Bridge is heavily trafficked during the day and becomes a sightseeing activity at night. Meander along the Danube River banks until you get close to the glowing bridge. You can bring a blanket and sit below Liberty Bridge for a close-up view. If you plan to visit during the summer, Liberty Bridge becomes a pedestrian-only space at night.
Visit one of Budapest’s independent cinemas scattered throughout the city. From historic buildings to eclectic and modern spaces, each movie theater has a distinct feel. You can look for a cinema playing cult classics, or find a showing for a lesser known indie film.