Budapest is the capital of Hungary, which is split in half by the Danube River. Budapest is famous for classical music and its natural geothermal spas. The city also hosts Hungary's most famous historical buildings and many of these are UNESCO World Heritage sites (including the Houses of Parliament and Buda Fortress). During the last twenty years the nightlife of the area has become very lively.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Budapest's weather changes throughout the year. The winter is colder and the summer is hot. Rainy days are almost the same during the year, with around 6-8 days per month, but there are still great places to visit if it rains.
May to September is the peak season, where you'll find sunny days and perfect nights. The Autumn and Spring are great too, where festivals are a big attraction for culture lovers and there's lovely Christmas markets to visit in winter.
More information: Budapest forecast and weather conditions monthly
Budapest 9 most important sights:
- Celeritas Shooting Club: If you're looking for an exciting activity in Budapest, book your session today and try shooting with real pistols, revolvers and rifles!.
- Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya): This bastion was built between 1895 and 1905 and features pointed towers and turrets, reminiscent of the fairytale castles in Disney World.
- Faust Wine Cellar: Authentic Faust Wine Cellar under the Dominican Cloister, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage!.
- Parliament (Orszaghaz): The domed neo-Gothic structure was inspired by the British House of Parliament and serves as both a vibrant government center and a proud city landmark on the banks of the Danube.
- Danube: Second-longest river in Europe, splits the city in half.
- Castle Hill (Varhegy): Picturesque area located in the heart of medieval Budapest and characterized by cobblestone streets, narrow alleys and lovely squares surrounded by baroque and classical buildings.
- St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent Istvan Bazilika): Built between 1851 and 1905, this large parish church accommodates 8,500 people.
- Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz): Magnificent new-Renaissance style structure completed in 1884.
- Chain Bridge (Szechenyi lanchid): Completed in 1849, this bridge was the first to be built across the Hungarian section of the Danube.
Recommendation for one day:
- Visit Fisherman's Bastion, one of Budapest's top attractions, this fortified terrace in the neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style is situated on the Buda bank of the Danube and offers incredible views and stunning photo opportunities.
- Nearby you'll find Buda Castle. The castle and palace complex of former Hungarian kings, it was first completed in 1265. In the past, it has been called Royal Palace and Royal Castle.
- Visit Dohány Street Synagogue, Europe's largest, it is also known as The Great Synagogue or Tabakgasse Synagogue.
- Continue nearby to Gresham Palace, an example of Art Nouveau architecture.
- Cap the night with perfect views at Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest.
Compared to prices worldwide, Budapest is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $39.58, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $121.75, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $34.81
- Hotel (3 stars): $49.63
- Hotel (4 stars): $63.92
- Hotel (5 stars): $119.90
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $7.25
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $12.20
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.49
- Meal, McDonalds: $4.95
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $6.61
Budapest has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 63.8 (better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 82.6 (better than United states average 69.0)
- Walking alone at night: 59.9 (better than United states average 41.3)
More information: Budapest safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.