A romantic getaway, a business trip or, simply going off on a whim to disconnect and get away from it all in a postcard setting; whatever your motivation, Budapest, the beautiful capital of Hungary, is always a safe bet. Come and find out for yourself, staying at one of the best hotels in Budapest.
Founded in 1873 from the union of three cities - two west of the Danube: Buda and Óbuda, and Pest to the east, Budapest is the seventh largest city in the European Union and one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most visited tourist destinations in Eastern Europe.
Strolling through its streets and avenues, you will find fascinating historical sites declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Many of these sites are beautifully perched on the banks of the Danube.
Budapest is also an important financial centre. In fact, this charming city was rated third, out of a total of 65 cities, in the index of emerging markets prepared by MasterCard. It was also voted the seventh most beautiful place in Europe to live by Forbes magazine. For all this, it is not surprising that, every year, Budapest attracts more than 4 million visitors, making it one of the 25 most visited cities in the world.
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Wandering the streets of Budapest you will find more than 800 monuments, bringing together most of the European artistic styles, with a clear predominance of classical and Art Nouveau buildings.
Among the most noteworthy sites, are the Buda Castle, the stately Andrássy Avenue, and Heroes' Square, where you can take photos with the Millennium Monument. The Budapest metro system which is the second oldest underground railway in the world - only exceeded by that of London, the Dohány Street Synagogue, which is the second largest synagogue on the planet and the Hungarian Parliament Building are all very interesting to see as well. The latter is the second largest Parliament building in the world, only behind that of Romania and was built between 1884 and 1902, following the plans of Imre Steindl, who was unfortunately blinded months before the inauguration.
Another place not to be missed is the Matthias Church, built between the 13th and 15th centuries and renovated in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic style. Considered the most important Catholic Church in Hungary, it has been the setting for royal weddings and coronations, such as that of Charles IV (1916), the last monarch of the Habsburg dynasty.
The list of top things to do in Budapest wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Chain Bridge, the Fishermen's Bastion (1902), and St. Stephen's Basilica Cathedral, which at 96 metres high is the largest religious building in Hungary. The monument of the Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial dedicated to the people killed on the banks of the river, between 1944 and 1945, who were mainly Jews. Gellért Hill, next to the Liberty Bridge from where you can enjoy extraordinary panoramic views, the Central Market and the ruins of Aquincum, a Roman city that was unearthed at the end of the 19th century, should also be added to this list.
Another huge point of interest in Budapest is the spas. In fact in 1934, Budapest was awarded the title of "City of Spas" for being the capital city with the most medicinal and thermal water springs in the world. In fact, the city has a total of 80 geothermal springs, forming part of the largest system of thermal water caves on the planet. One of the most popular sites for lovers of thermal baths is the Széchenyi baths.
And the offer of must see places you have to visit in Budapest doesn't end here. In fact, Budapest has 223 museums and galleries offering a range of both Hungarian and international art and exhibitions. If you enjoy museums then check out the Hungarian National Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Historical Museum of Budapest, the Memento Park and the Museum of Applied Arts.
There are also 40 theatres, seven concert halls and an opera hall. Moreover many of its historic buildings host outdoor festivals, concerts and conferences, especially in summer. The most prestigious institutions in this field are the Hungarian National Opera, the Budapest Musical Theatre, the József Attila Theatre, the Radnóti Miklós Theatre and the Katona József Színház Theatre, the Madách Színház Theatre and the Comedy Theatre.
Among Hungary's cultural events, the biggest open-air event is the Sziget Festival, which is popular throughout Europe. Other great events going on are the Budapest Spring Festival, the Budapest Autumn Festival and the Budapest Wine Festival.
No less remarkable is the dance tradition of the Carpathian basin, which differs from the Balkan and Western European dances. In the capital of the Magyars, there are several authentic Hungarian Folk Dance Ensembles, many of which are professional. This is helped by the fact that this is one of the few cities in the world that has secondary schools for learning folk dances. Make the most of your time in Budapest and go and see one of these hypnotic traditional dance performances.
Another great thing about the city is that it is littered with tourist information stands offering free maps and information about the cultural and leisure activities taking place in the city. They can also offer recommendations on the best Hungarian bars and restaurants, many of which reside in historic buildings.
And while we are talking about food, no visit to Budapest would be complete without trying some of the delicious Hungarian food, with the nutritious goulash as its signature dish.
Iberostar wants you to discover the countless wonders of the Hungarian capital as luxuriously as possible. So for this, there is nothing better than staying at the Iberostar Grand Budapest, a 5-star hotel built in 2011. Here you will find luxury facilities, room service, a gym, a spa, massages and beauty treatments. Iberostar also offers meeting rooms, an ideal choice for organizing business conventions, incentive trips or other types of events in Budapest.
Check out the hotel offers in Budapest centre and make your reservation as soon as possible. From that moment, Iberostar’s professionals will help you start planning your Budapest city break and are willing to attend to your most demanding requests.
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