If you are looking for a European break with a difference, look no further than a traditional holiday apartment in Hungary and the capital of this great country, Budapest.Book a hotel in Budapest to explore all the city has to offer. If you’re on a budget or in a group, check out Likibu’s selection of low cost hostels and Airbnb’s in Budapest. If you’re on a couple’s holiday, why not opt for one of our luxury hotels or apartments. There are many different types of holiday rentals to choose from to suit your needs and whatever brings you to the city.
Hostels in Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is split down the middle by the Danube river into Buda and Pest. Most holiday rentals are based on the Pest side of the river which is where most of the attractions, shops, restaurants and bars are found. Visit Budapest to see and learn about its history from the early days to the more recent communist and fascist occupation which has had its effect on the city. Budapest also draws visitors in with its beautiful and grandiose architecture, so why not stay in a house in Budapest. As well as being full of culture, the city is a lively and buzzing destination, offering unique and exciting nightlife, especially for those students travelling on a budget staying in hostels.
Best time to visit?
In the summer months, Budapest becomes very busy with tourists and can reach very high temperatures of above 30 degrees. It's nice to visit just before the peak season, around May time and just after, in September when you can still catch the warm weather with less crowds. Book a holiday rental in winter when Budapest gets very cold and feels festive with its traditional Christmas markets as well as a city park ice rink.
How to get to Budapest?
Flights to Budapest can be found at a low-cost from most UK airports with Ryanair, Jet2 and EasyJet. The airport has relatively easy transport links to the city via the city metro which is efficient and very affordable. If you are not travelling direct from the UK and are already road tripping or interrailing across Europe, than Budapest is even more accessible, and can be reached in matter of hours without even being in the air. Many visitors choose to visit Budapest straight from their holiday apartment in Vienna in only 3 hours and 20 minutes by train.
How get around Budapest?
Once in Budapest, most places are in walking distance from hotels, apartments and hostels but trams are also a quick and painless way to get around.
Where to Stay?
Book an apartment to be in the heart of the city's historic area. The Castle District is home to the former royal palace as well as a variety of historical events that would have taken place here, such as battles. The National Gallery is also in this area, making it a good place to stay as well as the Matthias Church. Book a holiday rental in this area for bundles of history to see.
This district is based in District V and lies along the Pest side of the river. For couples, book a hotel in Budapest or stay in an Airbnb with your friends to cut the costs. This area is the country's political and economic hub as you will find the magnificent Parliament building and banking quarter. There is a pedestrianised area on the Vaci Street which is full of bustling restaurants and shops.
This stunning area is found in District VI and sits either side of the Great Boulevard. Stay in an elegant apartment or holiday rental in this area to be near Heroe's Square and City Park. Visit the Budapest State Opera House and visit the House of Terror.
This is the Jewish quarter based in District VII. It is a trendy area and a fun place to stay for the younger generation, book a hostel or cheap hotel on Likibu. There is a lively collection of bars and restaurants and many craft shops.
What to do and see in Budapest?
A must in Budapest is visiting the thermal baths. The city sits on top of around 125 thermal springs which were turned into thermal spas from around the 16th century. The most famous is the Széchenyi thermal bath which is the largest of its type in Europe and features ornate interiors and an impressive outdoor area where you can sit back and relax, letting off some steam. Near the entrance to the baths is Heroes' square. Make sure you stop off here to admire the grandeur of the statues on your way to the baths.
House of Terror Museum
If you're choosing to find a holiday rental in Budapest to learn more about the city's past, the House of Terror is a museum dedicated to the victims of the Nazi and Soviet regimes in Hungary. Many of the executions happened in the building that the museum is housed in which provides for a chilling but eye-opening experience.
Sit by the River
On warm summer nights, it's also nice to grab yourself some street food or a takeaway and sit on the edge of the river, watching the boats go by and appreciating the dazzling lights from the bridges and the Buda side of the river.
A great way to see the city is by river cruise. There are multiple tour operators which do a variety of cruises down the river Danube which splits the city into Buda and Pest. This is particularly impressive at night when you can see the dazzling lights of the city and a tip is to make sure you look just above the parliament building as you go past; if you look closely you can see the bats flying around which are lit up and look like a horde of fireflies from a distance.
St Stephen's Basilica
St Stephen's Basilica is the largest church in Hungary and sits on a large and impressive square. Inside, the detail of the church is spectacular with beautiful and ornate paintings and statues. You can also climb up to the top of the Basilica for great views over the city and the square.
Gellert Hill is a 771ft high hill which overlooks the Pest side of the city and the river. It takes around 30 minutes to walk up the steep path from the bottom of the hill but is well worth the view once you get there. At the top there is a citadel with the Statue of Liberty which was erected during the communist era and become a symbol of the city. There are some small stands at the top selling refreshments which are well needed after the walk up in the hot summer months.
The Ruin Bars
The ruin bars which are dotted around the city make Budapest famous for its nightlife. Start your night at the well-known Szimpla Kert and have a drink at Kuplung and Ankert and then venture on to the infamous ruin nightclub, Instant which boasts 6 dancefloors in a beautifully bizarre setting.
Karavan is a unique and cool place to get street food in Budapest with stands which offer a variety of dishes from traditional Hungarian goulash in a bread bowl to vegan burgers and nitrogen frozen ice cream. In a similar vein, Szimpla Kert has a Sunday farmers market where you can sample local delicacies from 40 different vendors with an all you can eat brunch on the top level.