Hungary’s spellbinding capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its unique blend of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture – not to mention a stellar constellation of boutiques, bars, galleries and theatres – exercises a timeless appeal for visitors. Take a short break to Budapest from Glasgow Airport to uncover the city’s secrets.
Soak up the atmosphere
Prime yourself for some serious sightseeing with a relaxing soak in one of Budapest’s natural thermal baths. The Széchenyi Baths (Állatkerti korut 9-11), an impressive collection of 15 indoor and three outdoor pools set against the palatial backdrop of a neo-Baroque palace, is the most spectacular place to take the waters, but the Turkish-style Veli Bej (Árpád fejedelem útja 7) offers a similarly relaxing experience without the crowds.
Walk this way…
With most of the famous landmarks packed into a petite city centre, it makes sense to explore Budapest on foot. Don’t miss iconic sights such as the Buda Castle, National Gallery (Szent György tér 2) and Parliament (Kossuth Lajos tér 1-3), but exploring the lesser-visited squares and backstreets on either side of the river is equally rewarding. Obuda Fo Square in Old Buda and out-of-the-way Mikszáth Square should both be on your itinerary.
It might not be the first city that springs to mind when it comes to shopping opportunities, but Budapest is gradually winning renown for its flea markets and backstreet boutiques. The PeCsa Flea Market (Zichy Mihály út 14), shoehorned into an outmoded concert hall in the City Park, is a must for vintage lovers and collectors, while Ecseri Piac (XIX Nagykőrösi út 156) is one of the largest bric-a-brac markets in Europe. Looking for something a little more contemporary? Pick up exquisite locally designed clothes at Matyó Design (XIII Radnóti Miklós utca 25) or find a traditional souvenir at Almárium (I Attila utca 67).