Put your walking shoes on, as Budapest is an easy city to walk in. Kempinski Corvinus is within easy reach of St Stephen's Basilica, the Great Synagogue, Chain Bridge and the Opera. Public transport is comprehensive with frequent buses, trolleybuses, trams, subways and suburban train services. Hotel-, private- and branded taxis are also available. Contact the concierge for information on getting around.
Attractions within walking distance:
- Chain Bridge 0.5 km
- St Stephen's Basilica 0.5 km
- Great Synagogue 0.5 km
- Parliament 1.2 km
- Opera House 0.7 km
- Citadel 1.3 km
- Castle District & Royal Palace • Fisherman's Bastion • Matthias Church 1.3 km
St Stephen’s Basilica and its Neighbourhood
There are many squares and terraces in Budapest where you can enjoy a drink or two, but my square of choice is definitely Basilica. Every sightseeing tour stops here because it is dominated by the gorgeously restored and magnificently monumental Roman Catholic St Stephen’s Basilica, but for me, this central area and its pedestrianised streets offer the coolest and most popular hangout in the city. Amongst the many restaurants and bars, my favourite is DiVino, right in front of the Basilica. I find it unique in that all the wine on its menu is sourced from young winemakers. DiVino holds events to give both vintners and wine aficionados the opportunity to meet and sip while the winemakers tell all about their wines. My personal favourites are wines from the Szent Tamás and Árvay wineries. As the first rays of sun come out, people rush to sit outside by the fountain and sample a glass of wine. To me, the whole scene and atmosphere conveys a very Mediterranean flair.
Balázs Csidei - Director of Human Resources
The Castle District
I am a proud Budapester, and for me, it is in the Buda Castle District that I find myself the proudest and happiest. I love wandering in and out of the quaint alleyways on the cobbled streets, popping into a bar for a glass of wine and taking in the sweeping vistas all over my beautiful Budapest. I love the Castle District’s play of scale. It has the biggest royal landmarks on the one hand, such as the Palace and Fisherman’s Bastion. On the other hand, you have the contrasting remnants of the original medieval settlement, full of tiny houses with Baroque or neo-classicist façades. Nearby is another delicate landmark, the Gothic Matthias Church. When in the Castle District, I will stop at one of the oldest and most traditional family-owned Hungarian patisseries, Ruszwurm. Its menu features an irresistible selection of original and signature Hungarian pastries, such as Esterházy and Dobos tortes. I always treat myself to something yummy there.
Ágnes Martins - Executive Housekeeper
The Landmark of Budapest: Parliament
I am not just an engineer but an enthusiastic engineer, so my favourite spot in Budapest is the Hungarian Parliament building, because it’s an architectural gem and a true feat of engineering. This massive building was built by the famous Hungarian architect Imre Steindl, in a magnificent Gothic Revival style, and it took almost 20 years to complete. It is the second-largest parliament building in Europe. Its external lighting has recently been upgraded, which covers it in a luxurious shower of light by night. Its massive scale contrasts with all things delicate: the elegant slim towers, the façade’s lacework, the countless stained glass windows and the 242 sculptures of historical rulers of Hungary and Transylvania. I also like to take their various guided tours as well as the themed walks offered inside the building, which is full of stunning detail. You can also view Hungary’s most important historical artefact, the Holy Crown, which belonged to Saint Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian ruler.
István Schmel - Chief Engineer
Andrássy Avenue and the State Opera House
My Budapest is on Andrássy út. This Parisian boulevard connects the city with Heroes’ Square and City Park. It was built for the 1900 Millennium, and underneath it runs the European continent’s first, still functional underground. The yellow underground line with its vintage train carriages is a unique experience and "must-see" attraction on its own. For me, it is the essence of monarchical Budapest. My favourite stretch of this avenue lies between Erzsébet Square and Oktogon, with its stunning architecture and countless restaurants, bars and cafés. I have a special spot reserved in my heart for the State Opera House. This neo-Renaissance building is a stunning masterpiece of Miklós Ybl, one of the most famous Hungarian architects. Enjoy the remarkable interior and explore the musical heritage of the Opera House during the daily guided tours. After this unique experience, sit down and relax at the Opera Café on the ground floor. It's worth a visit for the ambience, as the decor preserves the vibe of the original 130-year-old atmosphere.
Ildikó Dudás - Marketing Manager
Best Neighbourhood Walk - Jewish Quarter
The former Jewish Quarter in the VII district has a quaint atmosphere with characteristic people, a striking contrast between crumbling buildings and shiny new apartment blocks, and unique monuments. More and more unique cafés and bars (some of the famous ruin bars/"romkocsma" in Hungarian) are located in the Jewish Quarter: Szimpla kert, Kőleves kert, Lokál Café & Bar). Design centres and art galleries open in the area, making it a hip place favoured by both locals and tourists.