The hilly bank of Buda on the right, the flat Pest on the left bank of the Danube – with nine bridges connecting them. Even during the day, there is scarcely anybody who is not moved by the wonderful charm of this view.

And when evening draws on and the illuminated stately buildings and sights of the city stand out against the clear sky, then everybody is captivated by the unique magic of Budapest. Up close, you cannot fail to see the flaws and problems of this city. Yet here too, there is room for hope when the Budapestians show an incomparable vitality and dynamism in improving life in their city. And you can see and feel this progress in so many corners of the city.

At the legendary reopened Café New York, you can enjoy your coffee in an impressive and sumptuous ambience, and also the beautiful Restaurant Robinson directly by the lake in City Park serves true delicacies. Architectural jewels follow in fast succession, above all the colossal Buda Castle with the National Gallery. Budapest is a unique blend of architecture and nature. Every visitor will realise this at the latest when on Margaret Island.

And where in the world can you see people playing chess in the water of a thermal spa? This is probably the only place you can, the Széchenyi, the largest bath and spa in Budapest. This city enchants you. It doesn’t hide behind its history, but is slowly emerging from this shadow. It is gradually remembering its beauty and strengths, and so provides its visitors with an unforgettable and highly faceted stay.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital city of Hungary located by the Danube.

  • Population

    About 1.8 million

  • Size

    About 525 km²

  • Public transport

    Good transport network with bus, tram, and underground services.

  • Climate

    Continental climate. The winters grow cold and the summers pleasantly warm.

  • Best time to visit

    Between spring and autumn.

  • Good to know

    It costs less to order a taxi by phone than to wave one over on the street. You may then be expected to pay the wrong and too high a fare.

  • Nice to know

    The Budapest underground railway is the oldest in Europe after the London Underground. It was opened in 1896 and has been in service ever since.

  • Airport

    Budapest Liszt Ferenc International, about 16 km southeast of the city.

  • Bus

    The bus line 200E takes passengers from Terminal 2 to Kőbánya-Kispest underground station. There you can take the underground line M3 to the city centre (Deák Ferenc Station).

  • Railway

    There is a train from Terminal 1 (Ferihegy Station) to Nyugati (Nyugati pályaudvar). The ride takes 25 minutes. There passengers can transfer to underground, train, or bus services.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi stations in front of every terminal. It’s a 20–25 minute ride to the centre.