Budapest

Budapest is the charming green filled capital of Hungary.  It is filled with a strong nightlife scene, museums, and plenty of small natural pleasures that create the perfect holiday location.

There are over 20 different districts in Budapest each of which is numbered, but most people separate the city into three areas, Buda, Pest, and the historic district.  Buda is the area that contains the Danube, Pest is the flatter side of the Danube where most of the commercial modern areas are located, and the historic district is where most of the attractions and the Castle are located.

Although tourists know Budapest is known predominantly as an incredible cultural gold mine, musical capital, and a scenic wonder, it is also known for its architectural and artistic contributions to Europe, which earned it the honour of inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The major airport that serves the Hungarian capital is the Budapest International Airport which is about 16km from the city centre.  From the airport travellers can choose to either use the minibus service, bus service, or the taxi station to reach their hotel.  There is also a railway system that will quickly take you over to the Pest district of the city if your hotel is located there.

Alternatively, Budapest is linked via the rail system to most countries within the European Union so it is possible to take the rail into the Budapest Kelenfold station, which is located on the Buda side of the city.  However, be prepared to find the rail a little dingy compared to what you may be used to since they are not up to par with Western European standards.

Due to the fact that the river Danube divides the city of Budapest in half navigating the city is not too hard.  Outside of the city centre, it is quite easy to get around the city with large landmarks of the Citadella Castle and the Royal Castle great ways to get your bearings and directional location.

Pedestrian zones are continuing to grow across the Hungarian city making it easy to get around the city by walking.  Drivers also take care around walkers although cyclers weave in and out due to the absence of bicycle lanes so these are the obstacles to stay aware of.

There are plenty of public transportation options available throughout the city including the metro, buses and trams.  However, a new tram and bus numbering system was adopted in Budapest in September of 2008, so make sure that your guide book is up to date or you will get easily confused.  Additionally, be warned that the public transportation schedules are not reliable and often the vehicles are not clean.

While in Budapest be sure to see The Music Museum, the Marzipan Museum, and the Historical Museum of Budapest.

Additionally, there are many attractions located within Castle Hill that are well worth a stop including the Fisherman’s Bastion which is complete with a lookout terrace, the National Gallery, and the Royal Palace.