Tourists looking for the most beautiful cities in Europe need look no further than the Hungarian capital. Steeped in history and located on the banks of the River Danube, Budapest attracts approximately 4.3 million tourists each year, placing it just inside the top 25 most popular cities in the world. Budapest is an important city, both in terms of its size - it is one of the largest cities in the European Union - and its central role in the now-extinct Austro-Hungarian empire. There are many reasons why holidaymakers should put Budapest on their wish list.
Budapest is located in central Hungary and is split in two by the River Danube. It was originally three separate places - Buda, Óbuda and Pest - until the cities were united in 1873. Large parts of Budapest were severely damaged during World War II and further buildings were destroyed during the Communist era that followed. Much of the damage was repaired from the 1960s to the 1980s and Buda Castle and the banks of the River Danube are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Hungarian capital boasts a host of sights and historic places, with visitors staying in holiday apartments in Budapest finding plenty to keep them busy for several days. Top attractions include:
Hungarian Parliament Building - This building truly stands out in pictures of Budapest. At 268m long, the neo-Gothic structure dates back to the start of the 20th century and is the largest building in Hungary. It stands on the banks of the River Danube and looks most impressive when lit up at twilight or after dark. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the building and marvel at the Hungarian Crown Jewels.
Castle Hill and Buda Castle - This historic castle is located on Castle Hill, a 1km-long plateau that towers above the River Danube. Tourists are treated to massively impressive views from Castle Hill, while the castle itself is filled with history.
Opera House - Budapest's opera house is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe. It is built in the neo-renaissance style and has some of the best acoustics in the world. Those interested in architecture can take in the opera house on a guided tour during the daytime, while opera lovers can enjoy quality seats at surprisingly low prices.
Danube Cruise - No visit to Budapest would be complete without a river cruise on the Danube. Sightseeing cruises depart in the daytime, while evening cruises with dinner and even dancing can also be booked. Those with an entire day to spend on the water may be interested in a trip to the Danube Bend, a particularly attractive part of the river near the city of Visegrád.
Budapest is easy to get to via plane or train. Budapest International Airport is located just 16km from the city, while many of Europe's capital cities are directly connected via rail links.
The best months to visit Budapest are widely seen to be from March to May, and from September to November. These months avoid the hottest and coldest times of the year, as well as the crowded summer season.
If you're planning a trip to Hungary, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Budapest? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
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