Life in Budapest
Visitors can choose from a vast number of program possibilities during the time spent in our hotel. In addition to musical and theatrical performances, restaurants offer international and Hungarian specialties. After a pleasant dinner, you may go for a night boat trip on the Danube or indulge in the nightlife of Budapest. The city offers superb opportunities for those seeking entertainment such as youthful, open-air and indoor places of entertainment, music pubs or night clubs.
An early form of the „Museum Mile” concept, popular in the U.S., had been brought to Budapest when a massive construction period took its place between 1860 and 1910. Here, the acronym is „Cultural Avenue” rather than Museum Mile, because the cultural attractions are not all located within the same street, but rather are spread across on a vertical axis, comprising of the Buda Castle District, Andrássy Avenue and the City Park.
You can spend several days sightseeing, since, in addition to the classic Castle Quarter, Parliament and Hősök tere (Heroes’ Square), you can have a special experience while strolling in Városliget (City Park), visiting the Jewish Quarter, in which stands the largest synagogue in Europe, or in Memento Park which preserves the memories of communism.
Budapest also offers a colourful range of programs for those who like cultural entertainment. Fun and beautiful memories can be made at the Opera House, furthermore the Budapest Spring Festival offers the very best of Hungarian and international musical, dramatic, cinematic, and fine art year after year. Every summer, the city hosts the Sziget Festival, which is visited by Hungarian and foreign young people alike. Hungary is famous for its exquisite wines, thus every autumn, a series of wine festivals await those who are interested.
You can choose from a large number of permanent and temporary exhibitions, therefore almost anyone can find one that is of their liking. For example, exhibitions of international fame can be seen in the Museum of Fine Arts (Monet, Van Gogh, Pharaohs, Renaissance painters, etc.) and from time to time, you may admire Hungarian painters’ pictures in the National Gallery. In addition, those who like the extraordinary may view the world famous Vasarely Museum or the Press Photo Exhibition organised every year.
For our guests who seek additional possibilities to spend their time in Budapest we recommend that you check out the link below for an event calendar. Simply input the desired timeframe and/or category into the appropriate spaces and you will be provided with the list of events matching your requirements.
For more information, please visit: Event calendar
Thermal & Spa experience
Budapest holds the title “City of Spas” since 1934, as it has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world. There are 118 springs, providing over 70 million litres of warm (21-78°C) thermal water every day.
Back in the II. century, the ancient Romans were enjoying these baths, but it was only during the Turkish occupation of Hungary, in the XVI. century, that the bath culture really started to flourish.
Today, there are 15 public thermal baths in Budapest, all which have their own spas. Some of them arrange special programs. The Rudas Bath, built in the 1500-s, gives home to regular night parties on Friday and Saturday nights, with great music and special light effects. Others, such as the Palatinus Bath on Margaret Island, have special pools for children with special effects (whirlpool, wave-pool, water-chutes).
For more information, please visit: Spas Budapest
“Konyhánk, ételeink, akárcsak a zenénk, a nyelvünk, elütnek a nyugati népekéitől, azonban ezzel kapcsolatban megállapíthatjuk azt is, hogy nem a magyarság hátrányára. Mindezt ismerni nemcsak érdekes, hanem hasznos is.”
“Our cuisine and food, just like our music or language, are different from the folk of the West, however in this regard we can also determine, that this not a disadvantage of being Hungarian. To know all this is not only fascinating, but also, handy.” – Károly Gundel
Budapest is famous for its excellent food, as traditional Hungarian cuisine is amongst the best and richest in Europe. Traditional Hungarian restaurants offer tasty food, often accompanied by Gipsy musicians, who come to your table to play Hungarian tunes directly into your ear.
Hungarian food has an unmistakable character, often rich with sour cream, onions, eggs, butter, fresh produce and wine.
Naturally, due to Budapest’s central position in Hungary and Europe, almost any kind of cuisine can be found here: Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and even Mongolian.
Also with Tanti Restaurant receiving Hungary’s latest Michelin star, there are now four Michelin star restaurants in Budapest, which offer only the finest array of food in Hungarian cuisine. Our other Michelin Star Restaurants are Onyx, Costes and the Winekitchen (Borkonyha).
… & Wine
Hungarians are very proud of their wines and that is for a good reason: the quality of wine from Hungary is unique and exquisite. Most famous among the Hungarian wines is the sweet dessert wine from Tokaj. The reason for the missing popularity abroad, though it is rising, is the simple fact that a small country like Hungary cannot produce as much wine as larger countries such as Italy or France. It is a matter of quantity, not quality, that Hungarian wine is not sold around the globe.
Wine plays an important role in Hungarian culture and has a lot of history in it and as such they are rather a wine drinking nation than a beer drinking. Over the past years many wine bars have opened up in Budapest and other major cities in Hungary and also it became increasingly popular to visit the wine makers directly to have a wine tasting followed by extensive bottle shopping.
Gozsdu Udvar is one of Budapest’s most dynamically developing areas, a meeting point that connects entertainment, gastronomy and culture. It is open on every day of the week for those who seek unique programs. Also, it gives home to countless different style of places, making it enjoyable for every generation. As the central entertainment point of downtown, it attracts 900.000 visitors every year.
The history of Gozsdu Udvar begun at the earlier years of the XX. century, with Manó Gozsdu, a Romanian lawyer and patron who’s goal in life was the education and support of young people. He started planning and building the structure in 1900 and later in 1915 it was finished with the help of Győző Czeiger.
Back in the day the courtyards were lively with commercial activities, and just like nowadays, it was an essential part of life in downtown Budapest. Furthermore, UNESCO declared it and its surrounding area, part of the town as a World Heritage Site.
The word “romkocsma” can only be translated to English as “rubble pub/bar” for the lack of a better word. Although it may not sound like it, they offer quite an exceptional experience. The concept of rubble bars originate from Budapest, and as such, many can be found in the city. They offer a very unique experience, to young and old. Typically, these are buildings that are in need of renovation, converted into all kinds of entertainment establishments. Some of them are more focused on music, others are all about relaxing and enjoying maybe a glass of wine.