Welcome to Budapest. To put it simply, if you haven’t been here, it’s time you make plans to do so.
Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube, and the 19th-century Chain Bridge connects its hilly Buda district with flat Pest.
There is so much to see and do. The thermal baths are king here, but so are the world-class museums, island parks, shopping, and cafés. Budapest is more than just the political capital of Hungary—it’s also the commercial and cultural nexus.
When to visit
The best times to visit Budapest are March through May and September through November. That’s when the weather is idyllic and the city isn’t overcrowded with tourists. However, the climate is always relatively mild, with temperatures rarely exceeding bearable levels. July and August experience average highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while average lows in January are in the upper 20s.
The best ways to get around Budapest are on foot and by public transit. The city’s neighborhoods are extremely walkable, and you’ll be able to admire the historic architecture as you stroll. But when it comes to getting across town, rely on Budapest’s extensive network of public buses, trams, and metro lines. Should you be making your way home from a night out, avoid getting lost by simply taking a taxi.