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iBooknow.com invites all travellers to explore the incredible history of one of Europe’s oldest cities. Although established in 1873 with the unification of Buda, Óbuda and Pest, the city’s history goes back thousands of years to the first century BC when a village was established by the Celts on Gellért Hill. Rich in history and culture, and blessed with natural hot springs and thermal baths, the city has maintained its prominence through the centuries as one of Europe’s prime spa, rejuvenation, relaxation and cultural destinations.
Situated on both banks of the Danube River, Budapest is a fantastic blend of ancient European architecture, modern ingenuity, and beautiful natural surroundings interconnected by tree-lined boulevards and dotted with manicured parks; Budapest is a city best seen on foot.
Between the months of March through May and September through November Budapest’s weather is idyllic and the tourists are less in numbers. If you must go during the peak summer months it will be hotter and there will be a scarcity of rooms due to the sheer numbers of visitors to the city who come to enjoy all that the city has on offer. The winter months, although colder and snowy, are as enjoyable and the city takes on an entirely different look draped in snow and glistening in the sunlight. For some it’s the perfect time to view un-crowded landmarks, enjoy the thermal baths at the Gellért, and dine on Hungary’s famous Goulash, sausages, cheese and robust wine.
Between the months of March to May it is springtime in Budapest. Still not the busy summer season air tickets will be cheaper, room rates less expensive and the city is un-crowded. The highlight event of the season is the Budapest Spring Festival. Secure your rooms now and visit the city during the 2013 festival that will last for 17 days. A complete program of the best in classical, opera, and folk music, this city-wide party is the largest cultural event of the year. In 2012 over 40,000 visitors enjoyed the spectacular festival of music and culture and 2013’s event will be even more enthralling.
During the summer months of June through August the city is more crowded, rooms less available, and rates at their highest. Plan your summer trip to Budapest with iBooknow.com and be some of the few to beat the rush and get great rates at the most popular hotels. August is a special time for those who like pop culture as Budapest becomes home to the Sziget Festival between August 5th and 12th in 2013. One of the world’s largest music and cultural festivals The Sziget Festival is held on Óbudai-Sziget (Old-Buda Island), a beautiful forested island in the middle of the Danube River.
The internationally recognized Budapest Jewish Summer Festival is also held during this time offering famous bands and singers, chamber orchestras, dance events, fairs, talk evenings and presentations, exhibitions, and local ethnic foods.
Wine lovers will especially want to visit Budapest during the fall months as the crowds have abated, rates have come down and the weather is not as hot. September is the time for the Budapest International Wine Festival. Set high above the Danube, and overlooking the city from the grounds of Buda Castle, this annual festival presents the products of over 200 wineries. Along with the over 5000 different wines, music, traditional foods, and crafts of the Hungarian people are also on display.
Like most European cities Budapest is less visited during the winter months, but this can have its advantages as room rates are at the very lowest, and the city’s museums, castles and venues are less crowded and filled with the charming and welcoming locals. A city that is also known for its nightlife, this is the perfect season to be inside drinking the local wine, enjoying the robust cuisine, and for those who wish to partake of the nightlife, Budapest’s cluns, discos, cafes, and casinos await.
The Thermal Baths of Budapest
Since the earliest times Budapest has been renowned for its 118 natural springs and boreholes. One of the most famous, the Gellért Baths, has a world class hotel of its own and is very popular with travellers. During the summer months languishing beside the baths of the immense 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa has its merits and it’s a great place for a family to enjoy this time honored Budapest tradition. For those who wish to revel in the splendor of the Rudas Spa, an iconic example of 16th-century Ottoman architecture, the rejuvenate waters await you. Known as the "Queen of the Danube" Rudas Spa is full of history, culture and beauty.
How To Save Money Touring in Budapest
There is no need to bust your pocket book when visiting Budapest either. The city’s mass transit system is sprawling and the cheap metro system is easy to navigate and also affords great views of the city when traveling above ground. Purchase a Budapest Found Card either online or upon arrival and reap fantastic savings on transport and entry to many of the city’s popular attractions. There are also free guided walking tours of many kinds, and these are a fantastic way to learn about Hungarian history and culture while getting a bit of exercise. You can visit at no expense St. Stephen's Basilica, Market Hall, Gellért Hill and Statue, the Citadella, and the Castle grounds to name just a few.
Things to See
- Andrássy Avenue with its several sights including the Hungarian State Opera House, the Pest Broadway and the House of Terror
- Bauhaus in Budapest: walk in Napraforgó Street, row of 22 Bauhaus villas, Pasarét and Újlipótváros
- Buda Castle with the Royal Palace, the Funicular, Hungarian National Gallery and National Széchényi Library, Matthias Church, Holy Trinity Column (a plague column) and Fisherman's Bastion
- City Park with Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, Vajdahunyad Castle, the Timewheel, the Zoo, the Municipal Grand Circus and the Amusement Park
- Corvin tér Beautifully restored square at the foot of Castle Hill
- Danube Promenade or Dunakorzó with Vigadó Concert Hall
- Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe with the Holocaust Memorial (weeping willow statue)
- Erzsébetváros District VII, the former Jewish quarter
- Ferenciek tere with Paris Courtyard and Erzsébet Bridge with Inner City Parish Church nearby
- Franz Liszt Academy of Music
- Gellért Baths, Gellért Hill with Gellért Statue, Cave Church and Citadel with Liberty Statue
- Geological Museum
- Great Market Hall and Liberty Bridge
- Heroes' Square with the Millenary Monument, the Palace of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts
- Margaret Island with the Centennial Memorial, a Japanese garden, a Musical Fountain, several recreation facilities and Franciscan, Dominican and Premonstratensian ruins from the Middle Ages
- Museum of Applied Arts
- National Museum
- New York Café
- Palace of Arts and National Theatre
- Parliament Building with the Holy Crown of Hungary and sceptre, Kossuth Memorial, Ethnographical Museum, Attila József statue, Imre Nagy statue
- Saint Stephen's Basilica
- Sashegy The largest Natural Reserve Park of Budapest
- Shoes on the Danube Promenade Gyula Pauer - Holocaust Memorial
- Statue Park
- Szabadság tér One of the most beautiful squares in downtown Budapest
- Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Academy of Sciences and Gresham Palace
- Tomb of Gül Baba
- Váci utca and Vörösmarty Square
- Western Railway Station
- Zelnik Istvan Southeast Asian Gold Museum on Andrássy Avenue in the Rauch villa
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