The city of spas is the perfect place for a restful or eventful city break. Budapest gives you the choice to party the night away, pamper yourself in its thermal waters and admire its rich history and decadent architecture. It's the perfect destination for combining relaxation with partying and sight-seeing. If you're here at Christmastime there is also a fantastic Christmas market to enjoy. Every traveller can find something to enjoy in this dynamic, cosmopolitan city.
You can't come to the city of spas and not visit at least once. There are an impressive 15 public thermal baths in the city, so you can take your pick. The two that stand out are Gellert Baths, which is an art-nouveau masterpiece and one of the most beautiful spas in the world. Think turquoise tiles, statues and gold-detailing. Szechenyi Baths is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe. It has a variety of thermal pools, both indoor and outdoor of varying temperatures. Almost every Saturday night in the summer months there are sparties, you can dance the night away in your swimsuit as the baths transform into a unique club experience.
A visit to Hungary's Parliament is another must. Its architect was inspired by the British House of Parliament and its the 3rd largest Parliament in the world! At night it's lit up and especially beautiful, a river cruise on the Danube is the perfect way to enjoy it and Budapest's other sights such as the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, the most famous bridge in the city. Head to Buda castle and its surroundings for a packed afternoon or morning. You can walk along the castle grounds for free and enjoy the surrounding view of the city. The interiors were looted in WWII so enjoy the view from outside instead. Afterwards, head to nearby Fisherman's bastion, this unique sight is perched on a hill and offers incredible panoramas of the city. Don't forget your camera! Lastly, next to the bastion is Matthias church with its signature kaleidoscope-tiled rooftop. It's unlike most churched in Europe as it combines colours and patterns from the orient with European Neo-Gothic features. In the past it was the site of the coronation of Hungarian kings and rulers, today you can wander inside or enjoy a classical concert. After a busy day of sight-seeing or lounging in spas take things up a notch by visiting a nightlife experience unique to Budapest: Ruin bars. Old factories and other abandoned buildings in the city have been given a new lease on life by being turned into quirky, unique and massive ruin bars. Expect unusual, rustic decor with a younger crowd. No two ruin bars are the same, so challenge yourself to sample a few and discover your favourite!