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Budapest Holidays

With a perfect mix of magnificent architecture, rich history and comforting cuisine, Budapest is the ideal location for a European getaway.

Join us on a 3-night Budapest City Break and discover all of the delights that the "Pearl of the Danube" has to offer. 

Or extend your European travels and explore nearby European charms with our Prague, Vienna & Budapest holiday.  

Looking for something a little more adventurous? Budapest is also a port of call on many of our River Cruise holidays.

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Budapest will keep you busy with spectacular sights to explore at every turn, whether it’s a short weekend city breaka stop-over on your European River Cruise, or a specialist Walking Holiday.

Budapest is comprised of the old cities of Buda and Pest, which together have become one of the most important cities in the European Union. During your holiday, you can take a stroll up Castle Hill in Buda to admire the World Heritage Site of Buda Castle and enjoy spectacular views of Pest city below. Something that should definitely be on your holiday checklist is spending some time admiring the impressive Neo-Gothic architecture of Hungary’s Parliament building, which runs along the Danube riverfront.

No holiday is complete without time to unwind so be sure to relax and discover the city at your own pace. Enjoy a day of shopping, take a stroll in the City Park to see Hero’s Square, or visit the beautiful 18th century Royal Palace. Why not live like a local and spend the afternoon soaking your troubles away in one of the many Turkish Baths hidden around the city? You’ll be sure to work up an appetite exploring this unique city and there’s no shortage of edible delights in Budapest. Try the traditional goulash, then spoil yourself with one of the many luscious cakes and pastries on offer. Finally, wash it all down with a glass of wine from the remarkable Villány Wine Region.

Things to do in Budapest

Erkel Theatre

Take some time to marvel at the opulence of Hungary’s second opera house. The theatre was closed between June 2007 and March 2013, when it reopened after renovations and the opera is enjoying a resurgence in popularity in Budapest ever since.

Views from Castle Hill

The Castle Hill area is recognised as a World Heritage Site. The area has many must-see attractions including eighteenth-century Baroque houses and cobblestone streets. Take your time exploring the area and stop off at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants nearby for some refreshments. The premier destination for many visitors, it contains many of Budapest's most important monuments and museums. There are great views of Pest across the river Danube. The walled area consists of the Old Town and the Royal Palace.

City Park

The entrance to City Park is Heroes' Square, which has the nation's most solemn monument - an empty coffin representing one of the unknown insurgents from the 1956 Uprising. To the north is the Museum of Fine Arts, which houses the city's outstanding foreign works, while to the south is the ornate Palace of Art.

Royal Palace

The Royal Palace has been burned, bombed, razed, rebuilt and redesigned at least six times over the past seven centuries. It's now an 18th and early 20th century amalgam reconstructed after the last war. Take a walk through Ferdinand Gate or under Mace Tower to the Turkish cemetery, or relax in the palace gardens behind the Budapest History museum.

General Information about Budapest

To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to Budapest.

Practical Information

  • Currency: Forint (Ft)
  • Local Time: Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
  • Passport: A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements.
  • Airport: Budapest Ferihegy Airport is located 24km southeast of Budapest, approx. 30 minutes from the city centre.
  • Climate: Budapest has a temperate, transitional climate and the weather is generally very pleasant. Winters can get cold however.

Average Prices for Region

€1 = approx. 300 Ft

  • Coffee: 356.00 Ft
  • Beer: 370.00 Ft
  • Glass of wine: 450.00 Ft
  • Light meal: 1,500.00 Ft
  • Soft Drink: 259.00 Ft
  • Bottled Water: 150.00 Ft

Suggested Packing List for your trip to Budapest

  • Your valid passport
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

Recommended Reading/Viewing before your holiday

  • Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor
  • The Last Frontier by Alistair MacLean
  • The City of Earthly Desire by Francis Berger

Food & Drink

Hungarian food is hearty and comforting with stews, goulashes, dumplings and cheeses common features on the menus. Meals are usually washed down with one of the cool refreshing beers that Hungary is famous for. There are also numerous international restaurants throughout the city, whatever your food preference you won’t go hungry in Budapest.  

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