A Survivor's Guide to Budapest Hungary

Every city has its attractions, be they sacred steeples or sparkling skyscrapers, but Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is blessed with more than most. Perhaps the fact that Buda and Pest were once two separate towns, accounts for its surplus in treasures, or maybe it's simply the city's good fortune (the six week siege of WWII and the brutally suppressed 1956 Uprising aside) - whatever the reason, the unsuspecting tourist will be amazed at what they discover in this Magyar metropolis. From the Soviet Freedom Monument and the Royal Palace perched upon Buda hilltops, to the splendid Hungarian Parliament House and vast St. Stephen's Basilica, which lie on the other side of the Danube's satin sheen, Budapest is full of wonders and surprises. And thanks to the scores of laidback cafes, charming parks and of course sumptuous Turkish bath houses (perfect for blowing thermal bubbles!), this city of 2 million people remains distinctly chilled.

(Photo by David Pursehouse)

If you're new to Budapest Hungary, planning a visit, or even if you're something of a veteran around these parts, Budapest Life is on hand to provide you all the information you need, from getting to Budapest, to getting around town by public transport and taxi, to top travel tips, a guide to tourist attractions, not to mention our invaluable weather reports and online map.

Needless to say we're busy reviewing all the best places in town too, from hotels and services, to restaurants, bars and shops. Stuck for things to do? Visit our entertainment directory, culture page or check out the latest events. Budapest Life wants to remain an interactive guide to Budapest Hungry and invites you to comment on all our pages and place reviews of your favourite venues... Can't find something you'd like to see on our website. Let us know!

If you fall in love with the city (or one of its inhabitants!), chances are you'll want to get to grips with the language. Before you do so, you might want to find out how Hungarian is known as the hardest language in the world !

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