A city trip to Budapest offers plenty of variety and relaxation. Here you can not only enjoy sightseeing, shopping and good food, but also relaxing hours in the famous thermal baths.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is situated near the Danube. The city was not given its name until 1873, when the cities of Buda, Pest and Óbuda were merged. Pest was the city east of the Danube and was situated rather in flat terrain. Buda was situated in the hilly landscape west of the Danube and Óbuda on the western bank of the Danube.
Budapest is situated on the edge of the Hungarian low mountain range, there are still some mountains in the city area. János Hill is the highest elevation at 527 metres, but the famous Gellért Hill is also one of the highest elevations in the city.
A special feature of Budapest are the many thermal springs. The city lies exactly on a tectonic fault line and so the hot springs can easily rise to the surface.
Budapest sights – our tips:
The city of Budapest is split in two by the river Danube. Before both parts of the city merged, two separate cities developed on either side of the river, Buda on one side, Pest on the other. The merging of the two cities (and the town Óbuda) was decided by the revolutionary Hungarian government in…
Since almost half a million people visit the parliament building in Budapest each year it must be worth it – that’s what I thought. So I researched and planned and researched some more and decided that we are going to plan our visit once we’re in Budapest and skip the expensive tickets that third parties…
PromotionThe oldest church in Budapest is the inner city parish church (Church of the Assumption of Mary) in Pest. A visit to this church is a true insider tip for Budapest. A wonderful church can be discovered in a peaceful atmosphere, far away from the tourist masses
How to get there
Budapest has an international airport. Some airlines operate scheduled flights to the airport several times a week.
From the airport you can take the bus line 200E to the metro line M3, which goes all the way to the city.
The city has several railway stations, all of which are connected to the metro network and are served by trains from many regions and countries.
The Népliget bus station is located in the south-east of the city and is served by international and national bus lines.
Budapest can be reached easily from the south of Germany via the A4 motorway from Vienna. From northern or eastern Germany, you can reach Budapest via the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Please note: The use of motorways and motorways in Hungary is subject to a toll sticker.
From Passau there is the possibility of a several-day boat trip to Budapest.
Out and about in the city
The local transport network in Budapest is very well developed. There are buses, trams, suburban railway and metro.
Worth seeing is the M1, opened in May 1896, which is the oldest continental European underground line. The tunnel height here is only 2.85 metres, which is considerably less than in today’s underground tunnels. The underground runs every 2-5 minutes, tickets are available from multilingual ticket machines. Senior citizens from EU countries and Switzerland (over 65) can use Budapest’s public transport free of charge on presentation of their passport or identity card.
A tip: Tram line 2, bus 16, tram 61 and tram 6 are ideal for sightseeing.