With fairytale-style castles, a magical mix of Baroque, art nouveau and Roman architecture, along with a party scene that will blow your socks off, it's no surprise that Budapest is one of Eastern Europe's hippest cities. Perfectly positioned along the banks of the Danube River, a much-deserved getaway to “The Pearl of the Danube” will be sure to check off all the right holiday boxes. From charming rooms in riverside guesthouses to royal suites in grand five-star hotels, Budapest holidays have accommodation for all budgets and tastes.
Kick off your adventure at Budapest's pretty riverfront, then cross the iconic gargoyle-lined Chain Bridge to the Old Town of Pest. A funicular train awaits to whisk you up the hillside to Buda Castle, where you can get snap-happy as you capture the Danube River, Parliament Building and pretty rooftops. Your social media followers will be drooling with envy.
Sightseeing can be hard work, and even if it’s not, you can still reward yourself with a trip to the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. One of the largest natural thermal hot springs in the world, Szechenyi provides a therapeutic spot to unwind in the mineral-enriched waters or indulge in an aromatherapy massage. The best way to get there and to zip around the city is with your own set of wheels, so remember to look into Budapest car hire options—through Wotif, of course!—before you leave.
Budapest packages may put you in the middle of a famously historic city, but the shopping is surprisingly modern and diverse. The trendiest place to pick up some fancy threads for a big night out is at one of Budapest's thrift stores or vintage outlets. For brand-name goods and electronics, head to the air-conditioned WestEnd City Centre Mall.
Let the shopping impress you, then find more A-list attractions with Budapest's dining options, which are just as plentiful and varied. Pastries are kind of a big deal here, so fill your hungry belly with strudels, cream-filled puff pastries and dobos cake. Spicy stews and hearty soups also feature heavily on menus, and they’re a filling way to refuel—or provide a base for the night’s drinking. For expensive eats, head to the Castle District. For value, historic Obuda has great options.
Show the hipsters how it's done at one of the enormous—and unusually decorated—ruin pubs speckled around the Seventh District, also known as the Jewish Quarter. If you want to dodge a sore head in the morning, start your night off with a shot of Unicum, a dark, herb-infused alcoholic drink that is believed to prevent hangovers. It’s real. Google it.
Whether Budapest holiday packages beckon with all-nighters or bubbling baths, you can easily find and book budget-friendly or luxuriously lavish getaways on Wotif. Combine flights and hotels to get the best deals and save your green for souvenirs. Plus, if you want to explore more of Hungary, you can also book holidays to Heviz, Pannonia and Puszta. Book today, and get ready to say “egeszsegedre!” (just learn how to pronounce it first).