Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

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Infinite 'pest: welcome to Hungary's capital city

With a storied history going back to Roman times and beyond, Budapest is a bustling metropolis that seamlessly bridges the past and present. Straddling the River Danube, Hungary's capital city is known the world over for its preserved medieval architecture, upscale shopping, and lively dining scene. The city also boasts a number of hot springs, and thermal spas are a popular retreat throughout the year. With a Budapest vacation rental, you'll be a short trip from some of the city's most famous attractions, including the Hungarian National Museum, the House of Terror, and the Romanesque Matthias Church.

Calling all culture vultures: Budapest's got it going on

A city of high culture, you'll find plenty of art museums and galleries throughout Budapest. The city's countless live music venues feature local and international bands every night of the week, and you can catch world-class opera and theater performances, too. Once you've gotten your culture fix, you can unwind your mind at one of Budapest's renowned thermal spas. Looking to hit the town? Budapest nightlife is a singular thing, and you'll want to stop into at least one of the famed ruin bars—former abandoned public spaces and buildings that now house boisterous drinking establishments.

Take a walk on the wild(life) side at the Budapest Zoo

Visitors of all ages will have a blast at the 45-acre Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden. Here, you'll find more than a thousand species of wildlife from all over the world, as well as sprawling gardens with local and exotic flora. At the Hungarian National Museum, you can learn about the country's past through archaeology, art, and history exhibits in a striking Neoclassical building from the 19th century. Or you can check out the Gothic Revival-style Hungarian Parliament Building, where you can take a guided tour of the halls and offices.

Warming up to the summertime in Budapest

Budapest has an oceanic climate, which means the city gets warm summers and cold, snowy winters, as well as relatively cool, short intermediate seasons. Average highs during the summer months peak around 80 degrees in July and August. The chilly, dark winters generally see average highs in the upper 30s in December and January, with fairly regular snowfall between November and March. Budapest is a popular destination during the summer, and you'll find that the best rates for Budapest vacation rentals tend to be available during the cooler, quieter winter months.

Budapest's topography – you've got friends in low places

Located on the River Danube, Budapest is actually 2 linked cities—Buda and Pest. It sits in the middle of the Pannonian Basin, a low-lying region in central Europe. You'll find a number of islands in the river, and the western portion of the city features relatively steep, hilly terrain. The city's thermal springs are a major attraction, and you can find a number of spas that take advantage of their warm water and medicinal properties. The area around your Budapest vacation rental is dotted with public parks, and you'll find plenty of open, grassy areas throughout the otherwise urban city.