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Cheap City Breaks to Budapest

A city which has beguiled visitors from many other countries – and so been captured and ceded many times – Budapest has nonetheless prospered. Initially two separate cities – Buda and Pest – sat on either side of the river Danube, the two were united in 1872, and have since grown into one of the most inspiring and beautiful capitals in the world.

Many of its buildings have survived for several centuries, giving the city a well-worn ambience. These include the citadel, standing proudly on Gellert Hill, the remains of the old city walls, the enormous basilica of St Stephen – whose viewing platform affords panoramic views across the city – and the palatial Parliament building, on which you can still see clearly that no expense was spared, with its lavish gold trimmings.

The city's two elements straddle either side of the River Danube and are linked by the landmark Chain Bridge, and getting around on a Budapest break is easy and cheap, with tourist tickets offering travel on buses, trams and metro at heavily discounted prices. Food and drink, too, are very reasonably priced, making Budapest an ideal destination for a packed city break on a budget. The market hall is especially recommended, where you can sit perched outside stalls selling langos (deep-fried pizza-type bread) available with a variety of delicious toppings, and enjoy a real, authentic Hungarian treat.

Flights to Ferihegy airport, the closest to Budapest, are operated frequently from most UK airports, so you're sure to find convenient departures from your nearest one. Search our selection of ideas for Budapest city breaks and be sure to book your required dates as soon as you can to be sure of availability.

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