Divided into 2 distinct areas by the great Danube River, Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population of 1.7 million. The first settlement in the region was more than 2,000 years ago, yet the 2 sides of the river (Buda and Pest) were only consolidated into a single city in 1873.
How to Get Around
- Currency - the currency of Budapest is the Hungarian Forint. Coins come in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 100-forint (ft). Notes come in 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000-forint denominations.
- Time Zone - Budapest uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). From April to October the city uses Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is 2 hours ahead (UTC+2).
- Weather - Budapest has a humid continental climate with average daily temperatures ranging from -1.6 degrees Celsius in January to 21 degrees Celsius in July.
- Széchenyi Medicinal Bath - accessible by metro line 1, the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath is the largest thermal bath in Europe. Water is supplied from 2 thermal springs with temperatures maintained at 27-38 degrees Celsius. The large neo-baroque complex that houses the bath dates back to 1913.
- The Castle District - located in the Buda side of the city, the Castle District is a certified World Heritage site. With examples of architecture through the ages, its crowning glory is the Buda Castle. A sprawling complex once home to Hungarian royalty, it presides over the Danube River and is a striking view from the water.
- Great Market Hall - set on the banks of the Danube, this Budapest institution is spread over 10,000 square metres across 3 floors. The market’s specialties are its local produce; Hungarian paprika and a deep fried bread called lángos being perennial favourites.
- The Nightlife - Budapest is home to a thriving nightclub and bar scene, with patrons being spoilt for choice. Live music, dance clubs and luxe cocktail bars co-exist and give this historic city a nocturnal edge. Head deeper into the Pest side of the city for late night crowd pleasers.