Budapest is a beautiful tale of two cities: peaceful hilltop Buda and the bustling modern Pest. It's one of Europe's modern cities, as well as one of the cheapest destination, perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Most of the major sights are within walking distance, however public transportation is accessible and easy-to-use if you want to adventure yourself even further. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best times of the year to visit Budapest. As well as mild temperatures and fewer crowds, these times offer you the best prices on flights and hotels. Summer is typically the most popular time to visit Budapest, since the warmer temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for Fröccs fuelled open-air parties. Winters are usually snow-filled and cold: a great excuse to enjoy the city's thermal baths and cafe culture. So what are you waiting to visit Budapest?
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Budapest is a perfect weekend getaway destination for shopaholics, couples, culture seekers, solo travelers and foodies. There is something exciting for every traveler type in this city! The city is extraordinarily beautiful, filled with romance and history. It is bound to get you amazing pictures that will surely get you a streaming of likes. The spectacular castle towering over the river, the moving Holocaust memorials and the breath-taking parliament building are all part of the city's man-made splendor while the lush Gellért Hill and the rolling Danube lend natural charm. The rambling trolleys that cross the city's hills, the ramshackle markets, and the eclectic architecture add a rustic twist while classical music performances, steamy thermal spas and impressive churches guarantee to make even the most demanding tourists happy.
Long story short: What you get up to in Budapest will depend on what you're into. But there is an exciting bit for every traveler type at a super affordable price.
From designer pieces to retro finds, Budapest is a shopper's dream.
Kiraly Utca is home to an unbelievable array of designer galleries and chic boutiques as well as high street stores. Budapest Fashion Week kicks off in April and this street is exactly the place to be. Design Week takes place in October and is also worth seeing, showcasing the finest Hungarian design from homewares to fashion.
A city break in Budapest wouldn’t be complete without visiting the thrift and flea markets. Skimm over historic photos, purchase communist memorabilia, or buy vintage furniture and retro clothing. A popular market can be found in City Park on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 2pm (entry 150* HUF). Erzsébet tér happens on the last Sunday of the month (7am to 4pm), and the huge Ecseri Flea Market takes place on weekdays from 8am-4pm, Saturdays from 8am-3pm, and Sundays from 8am-1pm. These are all definitely worth a visit while in Budapest.
Even when on a short weekend getaway, you can make the most of fine-dining and farmer’s markets in Budapest. Locally made produce is worth buying to take home.
The Szimpla Kert Ruin pub is a peculiar home for a farmer’s market - but you can find one every Sunday from 8am to 4pm. Sellers bring organic home grown produce to this particular location, offering some real delights to sample during your weekend break.
Wherever you go in Budapest, you’re never far from a heavenly pastry. The aroma of freshly baked goodies pops up from every street corner enticing you to try a pastry or sweet. Whether it’s crescent shaped Kiflis, fresh croissants, fluffy Salatini’s or scone-like Pogasca’s, there are plenty of delicous options to try and munch on. Most can be bought for around 150* HUF per kilo.