Unusual City Breaks: Budapest
Escaping on an Autumn city break is a fantastic way to beat the post-summer blues. Skip the usual suspects, such as Paris and Amsterdam, and consider one of our overlooked European gems.
Often described as the ‘Little Paris of Central Europe’, Budapest has it all. Bursting with an eclectic array of architecture and culture, you may need more than just a weekend trip here - and it most certainly won’t be your last.
St Stephens Basilica
Enjoy the grandeur of Budapest’s endless cathedrals, basilicas and castles. St Stephen's Basilica - a neo-classical giant named after Hungary’s first King - should not be missed, nor should the breathtaking Buda Castle that looms over the Danube river.
Eating and Drinking
The New York Cafe at the Boscolo Hotel
Have a coffee in dazzling opulence at the Boscolo Hotel's New York Cafe, a stunning building combining the Renaissance, Baroque and Art-Nouveau styles that Budapest has become so famous for. To soak in some of the city’s history, head to Mazel Tov, a softly-lit restaurant built in the former Jewish ghetto WWII left behind.
Szimpla Kert (Instagram:_emilybrowne)
Budapest boasts an unusual nightlife like no other. War-torn, derelict buildings, such as factories and hospitals, have been transformed into quirky drinking holes, fondly known as ‘ruin bars’. Distinctive in their mismatched furniture and cheap beer prices, the ruin bars have a fun, laidback atmosphere that should be experienced by every tourist. Start with the original, Szimpla Kert, for a truly unique evening.
See the city in style by taking a romantic boat trip down the Danube river at night - you’ll be amazed at how beautiful Budapest is lit up!