Budapest: Hungary’s enchanting capital | Private jet charter
Divided by the Danube into two distinct areas, Buda and Pest, this vibrant city – the capital of Hungary – is a wonderful city to explore. Budapest’s international airport – Ferenc Liszt International – is only 40 minutes’ drive from the centre, making it an ideal air charter destination.
Turkish and Roman influence in Budapest has resulted in an eye-catching architectural heritage, from the Gothic Parliament building to the Art Nouveau of the Four Seasons Gresham Place and the former Postal Savings Bank. Visitors will also discover many breathtaking Renaissance, Classicist and Baroque buildings.
English is widely spoken and Budapest offers visitors great restaurants and bars, shopping and luxury hotels, a vibrant night life and of course its awesome spas. Budapest is widely known for its thermal baths, some – like the Gellert – are attached to hotels, and well worth a visit. The city also has plenty of nature, from the Buda hills to the more central Margaret Island and City Park.
If you’re just sightseeing or looking for gifts, Budapest has some spectacular markets. The largest is the 19th-century Central Hall Market, a restored neo-Gothic hall with groceries on the ground floor and souvenirs and traditional embroidery on the upper level. Paprika Market, aka the biggest souvenir shop in Budapest, and Fény Street Market are also must-sees.
You’ll need more than a weekend to visit them all. From one of Budapest’s amazing thermal bath, to the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, as well as Fisherman’s Bastion with amazing views across to Pest. Parliament Building, a boat trip on the Danube, the Gellert hill cave (opposite the Gellert Hotel in Buda) and a walk along Andrassy Avenue, to name just a few top things to do on a visit to the city.
Best Budapest thermal baths
Take time out from hectic sightseeing with a visit to one of Budapest many healing thermal baths. These are the most popular:
- Kiraly Medicine Baths
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Gellért Thermal Bath
- Rudas Thermal Spa
- Lukács Baths
Budapest restaurants and coffee shops
Originally part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Budapest had a thriving coffee culture from 1910 until the 1930s. Many coffee houses have been restored to their original splendor. Here are some of our favourites:
The amazing New York Café on the ground floor of the New York Palace in Erzsébet körút 9-11.
Café Gerbeaud at Vörösmarty tér 7 has three shops and its terrace looks out over Vörösmarty Square.
Angelika café and restaurant in Buda at Batthyány tér 7 is beautiful, and Ruszwurm, the oldest café in Budapest is unmissable. Sissi the Austrian Empress and Queen of Hungary ordered her breakfast cakes from here.
Day trips from Budapest
Lake Balaton – A beautiful 50-mile long inland lake with resorts, vineyards, castles and underground caves, spas and the Balaton Sound music festival.
Historic Castle Hill, Esztergom – see the bend of the Danube and explore this fascinating castle and Esztergom Basilica.
Kecskemet and the Puszta Great Plains – catch the expert horse riders.
Vienna – leave early and you’ll be in the Austrian capital in three hours.
Let Chapman Freeborn organise your trip to Budapest by private jet charter. Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is located within 22km (13 miles) of the city centre, making it perfectly connected for a fabulous break. Contact one of our dedicated private jet charter experts today.