The capital of Hungary, Budapest is an up and coming location for a great city break. The city is known as the "Queen of the Danube" after the river on which it stands. Budapest is actually two cities, Buda and Pest, each on opposite sides of the river and with its own character.
Air: The main airport is Ferihegy International (BUD). There are numerous budget airlines now servicing the country. Buses and taxis are the most efficient way of getting to the city. Only use the official taxis and you won't get ripped off. You pay your fare in advance.
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Rail: Destinations within eastern Europe can be reached from Budapest.
Rail: One of the best ways of getting into Budapest, if also exploring Vienna or Bratislava, is to get the hydrofoil service up the river. It's a great service and gives great views of the river.
What to See and Do
Budapest's numerous attractions include the following:
Castle Hill: Castle Hill is on the Buda side of the river and contains many of the city's historic attractions. The trek up the hill is worth it for the view alone but be sure to visit the Royal Palace and the National Gallery which lie within. There are a few other museums in this area including the Music and Military Museums.
Pest: Pest, on the opposite side to the castle, is the main business centre. It is also the location for the magnificent Parliament Building alongside the Danube. Also worth a visit is the recently renovated St. Stephen Cathedral. There is a cluster of museums located on the Pest side of the river.
Bathing: Bathing: Budapest is famous for its Baths. The most tourist friendly is probably Gellért Baths on the Buda side of the river. As well as a dip in the pools of varying temperatures you can get various spa treatments if you feel adventurous. There are plentiful other bathing options if you want to see where the locals go.
Public Transport in Budapest is cheap. Consider the Budapest Card which gives you access to all public transport as well as discounts to museums.
Metro: The metro has three main lines and is a great way to get around. If you want to see a metro with character take line M1. The carriages are wooden and it is the second oldest metro in the world (after London).
Tram: Various trams give you a great way to travel about. Lines 4 and 6 run along the Danube and give wonderful views.
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