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HIGHLIGHTS

The city offers a magical combination of different times, starting from the Turkish influence through the Austro-Hungarian impact on the cities magnificent architecture and the latest building trends. The gorgeous residences and buildings are gracious and grand. Everything about Budapest is entrancing. Beside the historical eras which left their traces on the city, Budapest also welcomes visitors to provide excellent culinary and free time experiences.


Where To Eat

MICHELIN STAR

ONYX

ONYX

One of Budapest’s most exceptional restaurants, offering a unique experience coupled with a stunning interior design. Tradition-based gourmet cuisine is prepared from the best, fresh ingredients. It is for those gourmands who do not only enjoy distinctive dishes, but who seek time-honoured flavours as well. On 16th March 2011 Onyx Restaurant received the first Michelin Star and became Hungary's second-ever Michelin Star restaurant.

COSTES

COSTES

Costes has become the first restaurant in Hungary to be awarded the coveted Michelin Star. The restaurant, which has been unwavering in its pursuit of quality, has effectively achieved its goal of becoming Budapest's highest quality fine-dining establishment by gaining a single Michelin Star for the second time in a row in 2011.

BORKONYHA

BORKONYHA

Bustling wine-orientated restaurant close to the Basilica. The fortnightly menu features well-executed dishes with an elaborate modern style and subtle Hungarian influences. Top ingredients are sourced from the surrounding countries. Huge selections of wines are offered by the glass; many are from local producers.

Costes Downtown

Costes Downtown

Costes, the first Michelin-starred restaurant in Hungary opened its new bistro-like outlet Costes Downtown, which has soon also been awarded the famous Michlein Star. The guarantee of the same quality is the Portuguese star-chef, Miguel Vieira's professionalism. The restaurant awaits all gastronomy lovers with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. They prepare the meals in open kitchen, so the real gastro fanatics can book a seat at Chef's Table.

Hungarian

RÉZKAKAS BISTRO

RÉZKAKAS BISTRO

The Rezkakas, located in the heart of Budapest, has become one of the most distinctive and elegant restaurants in the Hungarian capital. The menu is characterised by traditional Hungarian cuisine, prepared from excellent, traditional ingredients to reflect both authentic Hungarian tastes, and modern gastronomic requirements.

TANTI

TANTI

Tanti restaurant at the bottom of Hegyvidék Központ attracts guests with its precise and beautiful dishes and harmonious flavors. The restaurant will likely grow to become a grand master of rethought Hungarian dishes.
The The name is a reference to “tánti”: an aunt with the best cooking, and the place itself has a pleasant and nice atmosphere.

ASZÚ RESTAURANT

ASZÚ RESTAURANT

Aszú Restaurant is a new dining hotspot near St. Stephens’s Basilica. The restaurant’s wine list is a stunning one, selected and presented by Tamás Kovacsik Wine cavalier. Aszú offers extended variety of Hungarian dishes and outstanding dining experience.

TIGRIS RESTAURANT

TIGRIS RESTAURANT

Close to the Basilica, in the centre of the city, this is a wonderful gem with great Hungarian food and impeccable service. Gusts are welcomed with excellent wine recommendations and fair prices.

ALABÁRDOS RESTAURANT

ALABÁRDOS RESTAURANT

In the heart of the Castle District of Buda, across the Mathias Church, a 600-year-old medieval building accommodates one of the leading restaurants of Hungary. Working almost exclusively with domestic ingredients and preparing light and tasty dishes based on high-class recipes of the 19th century, Alabárdos has re-written the meaning of the modern Hungarian cuisine.

CAFÉ KÖR

CAFÉ KÖR

Just behind the Basilica of St Stephen, the 'Circle Cafe' is a great place for a light meal at any time, including late breakfast. Salads, desserts and daily specials are always recommended, and there are also more ambitious three/four-course wine-tasting menus.

CAFÉ BOUCHON

CAFÉ BOUCHON

Cosy family owned restaurant where you can taste delicious dishes of Hungarian and French cuisine as well. Business lunch or a romantic dinner Café Bouchon is an ideal place for all of them. Do not forget to try Hungarian or French specialities from the daily menu. Café Bouchon strikes a balance between rustic French cuisine and classic Hungarian fare. With its bare white walls, striped pine flooring and starched table clothes it has a modern Gallic-style bistro.

OTHER / CAFÉ HOUSES

ARANY KAVIAR

ARANY KAVIAR

Attila Molnar presides over this upscale Buda restaurant with the feel of a fin de siècle Russian salon. The elegant interior is perfect for a romantic interlude.

CALLAS

CALLAS

On Budapest's finest street, right next to the State Opera, Callas Café and Restaurant simultaneously preserves tradition and represents the most up-to-date style. Callas is an ideal place for a cocktail before going to the theatre, or for supper after an opera performance. Callas is a particularly attractive supper venue, where guests are entertained with live salon music.

MENZA

MENZA

This upmarket Hungarian restaurant on Budapest's most lively square takes its name from the Hungarian word for a drab school canteen - though it is anything but. Book a table; it's fabulously stylish and always packed with diners who come for the simple but perfectly cooked Hungarian classics with a modern spin.

BOCK BISTRO

BOCK BISTRO

If you could transport the quintessential Parisian bistro to Budapest, with Hungarian, not French food and wine, it would be the Bock Bistro. Lajos Biro is one of the most creative chefs in Hungary, sometimes pairing diverse ingredients into a harmonious whole, and sometimes taking staples of the Magyar kitchen and recreating them with homemade ingredients that make one realize the special appeal of authentic Hungarian cuisine.

GERBEAUD

GERBEAUD

Located in the heart of Budapest, the legendary Gerbeaud is one of the biggest and most traditional cafés in the city. The café was established in 1858 and was expanded by its late owner, Emile Gerbeaud, a Swiss confectioner, when he bought the store in 1884. Emile Gerbeaud's two famous and must-try inventions are 'konyakos meggy', sour cherry, matured in cognac and covered with dark chocolate, and 'zserbó szelet', layers of sweet yeast cake, jam and ground walnuts topped with chocolate glaze.

SZAMOS

SZAMOS

In November 2011 Szamos Gourmet Ház at Vörösmarthy Square was opened. It is a sweet-shop, café and chocolate manufacturing shop at the same time. In its new shop Szamos lets its guests have an insight into the process of manufacturing handmade bonbons.

Gourmet Ház being the new flagship of Szamos is more than a traditional sweet-shop in a nice environment. Young couples with small children find their places here the same way as businessmen with laptops do.

CENTRÁL

CENTRÁL

Respecting the traditions and being open to novelty. That describes Central Café the best. Rather than evoking the past they would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. Central is perfect for a cup of coffee in the morning, for a lunch at noon, for a glass of wine before going to the theatre, for a light dinner after it or perhaps participate in one of their events as creative audience.

NEW YORK CAFÉ

NEW YORK CAFÉ

Respecting the traditions and being open to novelty. That describes Central Café the best. Rather than evoking the past they would like to revive the mentality that once made this place one of the intellectual centres of Budapest. Central is perfect for a cup of coffee in the morning, for a lunch at noon, for a glass of wine before going to the theatre, for a light dinner after it or perhaps participate in one of their events as creative audience.

Where To Shop

LUXURIOUS

ANDRASSY AVENUE

ANDRASSY AVENUE

Andrassy Avenue is an iconic boulevard in Budapest dating back to 1872. Lined with spectacular Neo-renaissance mansions and townhouses featuring fine facades and interiors, it was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 2002. It is also one of Budapest's main shopping streets, with fine cafes, restaurants, theatres and luxury boutiques such as: Luis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Burburry any many more.


FASHION STREET

FASHION STREET

On Fashion Street and in the nearby Vörösmarty Square you will find today's trendiest fashion brands (Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, and Benetton) in a romantically elegant environment. If you're not in the market for this kind of purchase, you can still enjoy wandering the street and admiring the elaborate window displays.


VASS SHOES

VASS SHOES

For a luxurious indulgence, why not consider a pair of handmade leather shoes, specifically measured to your feet? You can choose from a variety of traditional styles and leathers, from cordovan to nubuck. Through being expensive compared to ready-made shoes, prices are more favourable here compared to Western Europe or overseas.

ANTIQUE

FALK MIKSA STREET

FALK MIKSA STREET

More than 50 antique shops and galleries of all size and content with treasures of carious styles and age (and price tag) - paintings, furniture, jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass, folk art... all that is the world of Falk Miksa street and its surroundings. Let us take you to another world, regardless whether you are a serious collector, just window shopping or looking for that little something to take home.


ECSERI FLEA MARKET

ECSERI FLEA MARKET

A visit to this long-established traditional flea market is a great day out. Literally you can find anything at this busy flea market - from the glorious to the kitsch, old soda siphons to antique violins and more. The best day to visit is Saturday morning. As a foreigner, you may be overcharged so prepare to haggle: it's part of the flea market experience.


ANTIK BAZAAR

ANTIK BAZAAR

You can not just pass by the inviting showcase of the Antik Bazár so it worth to have a look inside! They have almost anything from a tiny gramophone needle up to a large 3-door refrigerator. Operating at the same place since 1998 at the Klauzál street.

ANTIK PLACC

ANTIK PLACC

Antik Placc is organized every Sunday at the Klauzál square market hall. It provides a place to rediscover antiquities from a brand new point of view: renovated, redesigned, and modified. You can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere where oldies and new design staff are presented together as well as cultural programs at the same place. Their goal is to draw the attention of the new generation to the world of antiquities and to take pleasure in its magic. Antik Placc is welcoming everyone who is open to newest trends but sensitive to the old.

SOUVENIR

PAPRIKA MARKET

PAPRIKA MARKET

The Paprika Market is presenting a wide scale of the most well-known and most popular Hungarian gift specialties. The shop located at Vörösmarty square offers mainly Hungaricum quality products as well as handcrafted and gastronomic souvenirs. Seasonal decoration and tastings make shopping an even more exciting experience.

MEMORIES OF HUNGARY

MEMORIES OF HUNGARY

The Souvenir Shop Memories of Hungary opened in summer 2011, on one of the most popular walking path of the capital, at the edge of St. Stephen's Square, right next to the Basilica.

STELÁZSI

STELÁZSI

Stelázsi – meaning tier stand– is a particularly unique place in the heart of the XIII. district. Handmade Hungarian condiments, jams, sausages, honey, wines and chocolates await you on the shelves to make your choice. The products made of excellent ingredients represent the trio of quality, luxuriating and reliability.

What To See

HOSPITAL IN THE ROCK

Hospital in the rock is a truly unique, historical site, which was established in the cave system beneath the Buda Castle during the 2nd World War. One of the largest waxwork exhibitions of the world on over 2300 sqm awaits the visitors to complete this immersive historical journey.


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RIVERRIDE TOUR

RiverRide is an exclusive 2-hour sightseeing tour during which you can see the sights of Budapest from a comfortable seat, first along its busy streets and then, from one second to the next you splash into the lapping water of the Danube River.

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For Families

BUDAPEST ZOO

The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Gardens is one of the oldest zoos in the world, having been open to the public since 1866. The Budapest Zoo is home to a number of noteworthy Art Nouveau buildings: the main entrance, the Elephant House, the Bird House and the Palm House. Kids will enjoy the 'Kindergarten', where various baby animals can be seen together in one area.

TROPICARIUM

Tropicarium is the place to visit with children, it does not only present a part of the deep sea world but also a tiny bit of a tropical rainforest, where the sky thunders every quarter of an hour, rain starts to fall and lightning zigzags. Besides, the Tropicarium is the largest sea aquarium in all Central Europe, the shark aquarium containing 1.4 million litres of salt water, housing 8 two-meter-long sharks and hundreds of colourful fishes

RAILWAY MUESUM

Visiting the Railway Museum is a time travel, visitors can not only admire the old machines, but they can also try them out. They can drive a steam engine, travel in a car converted for rails or operate a hand-cart. The engine simulator offers a virtual experience of driving the most powerful Hungarian electric railway engine, using the original equipment, while the rail-cycle challenges one's sense of balance.

PALACE OF WONDERS

The Palace of Wonders is an extraordinary experience for children. A palace full of interesting toys. Over the years exhibitions have been constantly evolving and expanding with new science toys and installations.

Nightlife

CLUBS

HELLO BABY

HELLO BABY

Metropolitan atmosphere, unique design and trendiness, located in the city centre at Andrássy Avenue. The fashionable music styles and the place’s vibrancy will make you feel like in the middle of the world.

BACARDI ORIGINAL BAR

BACARDI ORIGINAL BAR

BoB Bar from its opening day had a huge success – not just because of the place itself, but also because it is superbly situated next to two other very trendy party places: Ötkert and Kraft. You have the option to try all three if you still have the boogie in your leg after seeing the length of the cues. Here you can find the Budapest A-crowd and some guests from the luxury hotels nearby.

KRAFT CLUB

KRAFT CLUB

The Kraft is a real cyberpunk adventure (both audio and visual field), the L-shaped bar is huge, inside is full of with reflective glass what makes the whole place a permanent subject to take pictures. The music changes every day: Thursday - nu disco, deep, soulful; Friday - hip hop, R'n'B, dancehall; Saturday - edm, house.

TRAFIQ CLUB

TRAFIQ CLUB

Trafiq is the first club in the 21st century Budapest that conjures up the carefree atmosphere that characterized the city’s nights a hundred years ago for the last time.

RUIN PUBS

SZIMPLA KERT

SZIMPLA KERT

Szimpla is the pioneer of Hungary’s ruin pubs. It is really a cult place giving new trends. Szimpla kert is undoubtedly one of the best known ruin pub among the locals and the tourists, as well. The vibrant ruin atmosphere and the vintage design, raises Szimpla among the best bars in the world.

FOGAS HÁZ

FOGAS HÁZ

The name “Fogasház” comes from the old sign at the entrance: “Fogsor javítás” or Dental treatment. Fogasház is a versatile space that accommodates small and large groups. People go to Fogasház to experience culture with free programmes during the day, party at night to some local and foreign DJs.

KUPLUNG

KUPLUNG

The recipe of Kuplung: buy a big lounge in a rising street of Pest; give it to different art groups, where they can create in the daytime, and make programs at night; put down two bars, some benches and garden chairs, then watch as it begins to work and operate superbly.

INSTANT

INSTANT

Instant is settled in the ’Pest Broadway’ area and diversity is the word what describes it the most. Gallery, café, pub, meeting place and a place for cultural events, too. In a place, where the room is turned upside down, and a school of fish passes above your head, anything can happen.

BARS & BISTROS

SPÍLER

SPÍLER

A newly opened bistro offering high-quality street food, carefully selected wines and a wide variety of local microbrew beer served in a laid-back urban locale amid the courtyards of Gozsdu Udvar in downtown Budapest. Awesome electronic music played by DJ's between Thursday and Saturday.

OTHER

A 38

A 38

The world’s most famous repurposed Ukrainian cargo ship, A38 is a concert venue, culture centre and restaurant floating on the Danube near the abutment of Petőfi Bridge on the Buda-side. A38 has already achieved the status of a legend; its outdoor and indoor stages have carried innumerable noted artists and bands from almost all genres including but not limited to pop, rock, alternative, jazz, electro, and progressive styles.

Akvárium Club

Akvárium Club

Akvárium Club is in the heart of Budapest, beneath the centre of Erzsébet Square, serving as the cultural hub for the youngsters of Budapest. Akvárium brings you the best club nights, the biggest domestic concert bands, and numerous international star performances, along with family events and fairs.

Culture

CONCERT HALLS

STATE OPERA HOUSE

STATE OPERA HOUSE

The opera house in Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. When it was opened in 1884, the city shared the administrative duties of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with Vienna. In fact, Emperor Franz Joseph commissioned its design. Construction included the use of marble and frescos by some of the best artisans of that era. Designed by Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century, the Budapest Opera House quickly became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe.

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OPERETTA THEATER

OPERETTA THEATER

The building that currently accommodates the Operetta Theatre was built in 1894 on the plans of renowned Vienna-based architects Fellner and Helmer. With up to 500 shows and 500,000 visitors a year, the Operetta Theatre is one of the most popular locations of cultural and society life in Budapest. Over the last few years, it has been transformed into a music theatre of European dimensions, where traditional values are represented by the operetta, while musicals ensure a modern touch.

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PALACE OF ART

PALACE OF ART

The Palace of Arts has everything needed to make a building a stronghold of culture. Imposing rooms, state-of-the-art technology and, first and foremost, the unique complexity that includes a wide range of genres performed at the same venue. Traditional, experimental and classical music, opera, dance, jazz, world music and fine arts can here be present together, in a productive interaction. The house is open both to international stars and up-and-coming talents.

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LISZT ACADEMY

LISZT ACADEMY

The Liszt Ferenc College of Music is not only a tertiary institute for the education of musicians and artists, but is also the centre of the capital’s concert life. Its Art Nouveau building, which can be seen today, was finished in 1907.

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VIGADÓ

VIGADÓ

Vigadó (literally translated as a 'place of merriments') was opened with a spectacular banquet in 1865. It was the most prestigious concert hall of the 19th century, with performances by the likes of Franz Liszt, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms and Claude Debussy. Since its latest reconstruction (2014), the city has been reintroduced to this time-honoured concert and arts venue, at par with the Palace of Arts, the Academy of Music and the Opera.

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MUSEUMS

HISTORY MUSEUM

HISTORY MUSEUM

The collection of the Budapest History Museum is made up of three major parts: architectural findings, object materials from the city history and work of art. A visit through the exhibition is a virtual time journey, which gives you the opportunity to have a look at relics of the past raging from architectural findings that are more than 40,000 years old to posters from the 20th century. After a walk across the collection, you will know everything about the history of Budapest from Roman ages until the present day.

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NATIONAL GALLERY

NATIONAL GALLERY

The collection, which can be found in the A, B, C and D buildings of Buda Castle, includes nearly a hundred thousand artefacts dating from the early mediaeval times until the present day. The Hungarian National Gallery is the largest collection of Hungarian arts with one hundred thousand artefacts, from the settlement of the Magyars until the present day.

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MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

Its collection includes real masterpieces by the most famous artists in the world from every period of European art history: Giotto, Leonardo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Tiepolo, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Pieter Bruegel and Van Dyck.

Please note the the museum is closed due to renovation until the spring of 2018.

HOUSE OF TERROR

HOUSE OF TERROR

House of Terror offers exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in the 20th century and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.

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LUDWIG MUSEUM

LUDWIG MUSEUM

The Ludwig Museum is found in the Palace of Arts, next to the National Theatre. The exhibition space displays artwork by modern and contemporary artists, and is open all-year-long. The temporary exhibitions showcase leading artists of the international scene as well as the best-known Hungarian masters.

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THEATRES

ERKEL THEATRE

ERKEL THEATRE

Erkel Theatre (Erkel Színház) in II. János Pál pápa Square is not only one of the most modern theatres of Budapest, but also the largest capacity musical theatre of Hungary. It strives at making theatre and opera accessible for everyone.

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MADÁCH THEATRE

MADÁCH THEATRE

Madách Theatre (Madách Színház) on Erzsébet körút is one of the best known musical theatres in Budapest.Thanks to its spectacular musicals, the Madách Theatre has become one of the trendiest stages of today. Its repertoire is quite wide: in addition to the best known pieces by Webber (like Cats or the Phantom of the Opera), it stages popular international and Hungarian pieces and provides English subtitles for all the shows.

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NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

NATIONAL DANCE THEATRE

Found in the historical Buda Castle, the building of the National Dance Theatre (Nemzeti Táncszínház) - the one-time Várszínház (Court Theatre) - once gave home to the first permanent theatre of Buda and hosted the first Hungarian theatre performance as well.

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RAM COLOSSEUM

RAM COLOSSEUM

RaM Colosseum in Radnóti Miklós Culture Centre is the capital's first experience theatre, the exclusive venue of the ExperiDance ensemble in Budapest. The ExperiDance Production of art director-choreographer Sándor Román was voted one of the 10 best dance ensembles of the world by the audience. They toured Spain, Turkey and other countries around the world as the roving ambassadors of Hungarian dance.

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OTHER

What else to see

WINE REGIONS

EGER

EGER

The Eger region is home to the legendary 'Bull's Blood of Eger' (Egri Bikavér), perhaps the best-known Hungarian red wine abroad. Eger is also home to some fresh whites, as white grapes also have long-lasting traditions in the region. The area to visit in the Eger Wine Region is called ‘Szépasszony-völgy’ (The Valley of the Beautiful Women), a valley just south of the city, which has numerous wine cellars. Wine tasting is offered in several locations and shuttle service is available from Dobó tér, the main square.

TOKAJ

TOKAJ

Tokaj is part of the World Heritage Sites, as well as Hungary’s best-known wine region, famous for its dessert wine the Tokaji Aszú. Tokaj’s microclimate provides the ideal conditions to produce this world-class wine. The south-facing slopes, the nearby Tisza and Bodrog rivers and the warm summers, and long, sunny autumns all play a part in the proliferation of botrytis (nobel rot), giving the wine its unique taste.

BADACSONY

BADACSONY

One of the most famous wine regions around Lake Balaton is Badacsony, where Cistercian monks planted the first vines on the slopes in 1375. Thanks to the volcanic mountains, Mediterranean and sub-Mediterranean lake effects, white grapes dominate, and wines produced here are full-bodied with high acidity. The main component is Pinot Gris, the grape Hungarians call Szürkebarát, which means "grey monk". In Badacsony the quality of the wines is accompanied by the beauty of the scenery.

VILLÁNY

VILLÁNY

Villány is one of Hungary’s top wine regions, known for its reds and rosés. Hungary’s most southern wine region has long and hot summers with abundant sunshine, followed by a mild winter. Thanks to this sub-Mediterranean climate wines from Villány are full-bodied and spicy and of the highest quality. The majority of Hungary’s award-winning wines are produced in the Villány region. According to archeological finds winemaking traditions in the region can be traced back to Roman times.

BALATON

TIHANY

TIHANY

Tihany is a village on the northern shore of Lake Balaton on the Tihany Peninsula. Tihany is famous for the echo, existing since the 18th century. The other legend concerns with the "goats' nails", washed ashore from Balaton, which are in fact corners of prehistoric clams. According to the story, there was a princess with golden-haired goats, but she was too proud and hard of heart and was punished (cursed by the king of the lake): her goats were lost in Balaton, only their nails remained, and she was obliged to answer to every passers-by. A stone, remembering the Shouting Girl, is still to be seen near the village.

BADACSONY

BADACSONY

Badacsony is the name of a region on the north shore of Lake Balaton in western Hungary, and a town in that region. The entire area is recognized for its wine, with vineyards dating back to Roman times. The nearby basalt mountains are unique geological relics, and the habitat of many rare plants and animals. These monadnocks are peculiarly shaped results of volcanic activity, formed before the period wherein Pannonia was an active political unit. Badacsony is the central part of the Badacsony wine region.

KESZTHELY

KESZTHELY

The city of Keszthely is located in the northern west end of Lake Balaton, on the shore of one of the biggest lakes in Central Europe. The city is surrounded by forests and rolling hills to the north, plains to the south east and the lake. South from the city lies Kis-Balaton (Little Balaton), a swamp which is a part of the Zala river delta of and which acts as a natural water purifier for Lake Balaton. The swamp is particularly known as a water fowl habitat and enjoys international recognition and protection as a natural reserve.

SIÓFOK

SIÓFOK

Siófok is one of Hungary's most popular holiday destinations, famous for its beaches and nightlife. Siófok is one of the richest municipalities of Hungary due to tourism. Hungarians often call the town "the capital of Balaton", as it is the largest city on its shores and acts as the commercial and tourism hub of the region.

THERMAL BATHS

SZÉCHENYI BATH

SZÉCHENYI BATH

The largest thermal bath of Budapest featuring neo-baroque style was built in 1913. It is a vast complex of indoor and outdoor pools, the premier medicinal bath of Pest, situated in the middle of the City Park.

RUDAS BATH

RUDAS BATH

The Rudas Thermal Bath was established as early as the 16th century, during the time of the Turkish occupation. Its central part includes an octagonal pool covered by a 10 meter diameter dome. At the end of the 19th century, a therapeutic swimming facility and a sauna was added.

LUKÁCS BATH

LUKÁCS BATH

The Lukács Thermal Bath has a rich historical background: monastery baths were built in this area as early as the 12th century, the first spa hotel was built in the 1880s, a drinking cure hall was added in 1937, and a daytime hospital was established in 1979. At the end of the 20th century, the thermal bath was thoroughly renovated and all facilities were modernised.

KIRÁLY BATHS

KIRÁLY BATHS

One of Budapest's smallest baths, the Király Baths is also one of its oldest. Built in the second half of the 16th century at the beginning of the Turkish occupation of Hungary, this Turkish bath sits under a traditional octagonal roof.

My Perfect Day

MORNING

Start your day in the pantry of Budapest, the Great Market Hall which is within easy reach of the Hotel. You may either stroll along Váci utca or hop on the tram Nr 2 which has a stop just in front of us. Try lángos which is a deep fried flat bread made of potato-based dough. It’s sometimes rubbed with garlic or garlic butter, but can also be eaten with sour cream, grated cheese, or other toppings. Once you explored the world of Hungaricums, the traditional products of our country we suggest using the tram Nr 2 one the way back, so that you can enjoy the stunning views over the Danube to the Buda side. After walking over the Chain Bridge, take the funicular to climb up to the Royal Palace. This district offers a decent selection of attractions to be discovered. For lunch, I recommend the Alabárdos restaurant, which is situated in the Castle district and offers a variety of areas within the restaurant to choose from to suit your mood.

AFTERNOON

Near the Alabárdos Restraurant catch the bus Nr 105 with which you can reach quickly Andrássy út, the iconic boulevard of Budapest dating back to 1872. It is also one of city’s main shopping streets, with fine cafés, restaurants, theatres and luxury boutiques. At 3 pm don’t miss the insider tour at the Opera House. After visiting this magnificent neo-Renaissance building take the Millennium underground until the Heroes’ Square where you can splash into the medical water of the Szechenyi Thermal Bath.

EVENING

Coming back from the Szechenyi Bath, take the Millennium underground again until Oktogon. Liszt Ferenc tér is only a few steps away, which is a hip place for locals to hang out. You can find almost everything from drink bars through cafés to restaurants. For supper, visit Menza which is a fabulously stylish restaurant and it’s always packed with diners who come for the simple but perfectly cooked Hungarian classics with a modern spin. If you are in the mood of dancing, Ötkert, a trendy ruin bar is awaiting you close to the St. Stephen’s Basilica.