“Getting caught is inevitable. You can’t help it. Fate will catch up with you sooner rather than later. But what you can learn is how to escape once you are caught. Caught, cuffed, bundled, shackled, pinned and bound – that’s when I really rise up to the occasion. What drives me is that dash for freedom.”
Harry Houdini, the most popular magician and escape-artist of all time, had these words to say when he was asked what motivates him to perform superhuman feats of escape. Houdini was born in Budapest, Hungary and this, by no means, is a meaningless or out of place trivial detail.
Budapest is known as the City of Freedom. It has always been a city that knows how to celebrate freedom. Stretching it a bit forward, it wouldn’t be too inappropriate to say that Budapest is the Festival Capital of the World, a city that has often been called (famously by short story whiz Stephen Zweig) ‘the Heart of Europe’.
If you are making a trip to Budapest, for whatever reason – personal or business, you can be sure to get wowed by this city that boasts of enviable history stretching way back to palaeontological times. Of course, not to mention is the beautiful architecture of renaissance times and grace with which noted artists have made Budapest their home, this is a truly cultural capital of Europe.
Cutting Back on Hotel Charges
Tourists around the world share a common worry – turning their trips to distant corners of the world an economic but yet memorable affair.
Traveling to Budapest, tourists should keep in mind that this is one of the most politically active cities in the region, housing many important EU and UN offices. So, in the downtown, hotel prices can get a tad too uncomfortable for the liking of most tourists.
However, this is not at all to say that there are absolutely no cheap hotels to avail of in this capital of Hungary. If you are ready to compromise your comfort just a touch, and you do not expect fancy treatment from the hotel management (in-house golden saunas, for example), then you can find many good Budapest hotels for affordable prices.
Hotel Papillon is among the crowd favorites in this category. Located at a convenient distance from all the hubbub of the city, it offers a strange kind of solace to its guests, of course, at reasonable prices. Hotel Matyas is a good choice, as well, especially those who wish to travel to other European cities by train. Hotel Six Inn is another hotel in the similar price and quality category.
High-Europe in High-Style
Budapest is as European as it gets, and readers would know the old adage of when in Rome, do as Romans do.
So, if you are in a culturally gifted city like Budapest, it makes sense for you to want to live in a truly artsy, aristocratic hotel that, despite all the money it charges you, is definitely all worth it.
Well, if you really wish for that, Budapest has got you covered.
Home to some of the oldest hotel buildings in the world, Budapest hotels of luxurious class number in excess of 50.
Among this multitude of luxury hotels in Budapest, one name stands out head and shoulders above the rest. That is – Four Seasons Hotel, located right in front of the famous Gresham Palace. A stately building that oozes elegance, style and class is home to over 100 regal suites that kings, queens, ministers, diplomats and world leaders have occupied quite frequently.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Budapest is a grand affair as well, most famous for the huge ballroom. Budapest Marriott and Buddha Bar are two names worthy of inclusion in this splendid chain of luxury hotels in Budapest.
Seeing Around Budapest
The only way you can fail to make the most of your trip to Budapest is by not having enough time on your hands. There are, quite literally, dozens of sights that just cannot be ranked in the order of ‘goodness’.
If at all one has to make an order, then the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest will rank on top in most lists. The magnificently built and decorated building is the holy shrine of Hungarian democracy, among the oldest in Europe. Also worth a visit is the Fishermen’s Bastion, a uniquely eccentric trip attraction.
A quite morning and evening walk on the shores of Danube will also be etched permanently in your memories, and so will be a trip to surreally beautiful St. Stefan’s Basilica.
Among many castles in the city, Buda Castle and Castle Hill are the most prominent ones. If you are going with kids, you shouldn’t forget to add the famous Pinball Museum in Budapest to your roster, as well!
Hotels Near Budapest Airport
Budapest International Airport is located in the near vicinity of the city itself, and a drive from the airport to the city center won’t take you more than half an hour.
Considering this short distance, there is little point in wasting your time looking for cheap hotels around the airport. For those who really wish to stay near the airport, some homestay and B&B units are available. However, they are usually overpriced and underequipped.
Budapest & Weather: All You Need to Know
The best time to visit Budapest, just like is the case with most European cities, is during the high summer. In a period starting from March and ending in late August, Budapest brims with cultural events, fashion shows, art exhibitions, food festivals and riverside celebration of many of Hungarian festivals. Quite understandably, hotel managements are forced to increase their nightly prices during these months, and a stay in Budapest during summer can be expected to cost you anywhere up to twice of what it would normally cost you.
But in the end, it’s definitely worth it. Visiting Budapest in cold, bleak winters, just to avail of low accommodation prices would be akin to not enjoying Budapest at all!
- Top Attractions:
- Free Budapest Walking Tours, Szechenyi Baths and Pool, Danube, Castle Hill, Lake Balaton, House of Terror Museum, Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
- City Size:
- 203 mi²
- Average Temperature:
- 28°F (-2°C), Wind WSW at 4 mph (6 km/h), 84% Humidity