Explore the magic!
From the majestic to the millennial, a walk from Castle Hill to Heroes’ Square encompasses the most
spectacular of sights in the city.
Start your day atop Castle Hill to take in the breathtaking panorama along the Danube, explore the
former residence of Queen Sisi, including the recently restored St. Stephen’s Hall, and discover a
13th-century Jewish bath, complete with a 15th-century wine cellar.
Descend via the funicular and stroll across the newly renovated Chain Bridge to arrive at St.
Stephen’s Cathedral. Hungry yet? Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake stalls, dot the city, some of them
offering ice cream filling. Or, if you fancy a savoury speciality, try lángos, Hungary’s fried dough that
comes with various toppings.
Your next landmark is Andrássy út, Budapest’s millennial boulevard. Testament to the grand
ambitions of the late 19th century, it is lined with elegant apartment buildings, and below it runs the
European continent’s first underground. Budapest’s Broadway energises this chic neighbourhood,
with the world-class Opera House now open following a full renovation, while the Operetta Theatre
shows several Hungarian classics of this indigenous genre if you like glamourous belle epoque
The blocs around the Opera House have some luxury boutiques for a spot of big-brand shopping,
while Liszt Ferenc Square offers a whole slew of restaurants with pleasant terraces.
Andrássy út ends in Heroes’ Square, overlooked by statues of historical leaders and flanked by two
major museums. A gateway to City Park, you’ll be spoilt for choice: this great green space is home to
the Jugendstil Zoo, the globally renowned Circus, the House of Music in a truly stunning
contemporary building and Széchenyi Baths, the open-air section of which remains open in winter.
Upon return to Kempinski Corvinus, you must try ÉS Bisztró’s modernised Hungarian-Viennese
delicacies to complete your day in Millennial Budapest. Nobu serves its trademark New Japanese,
while Blue Fox The Bar mixes classic and creative cocktails.
Budapest is not a melting pot. It’s more like a sumptuous salad and has sights of very distinct and
diverse historical memories and inspirations.
Explore Roman times in Óbuda or Old Buda. Remains here date back to the 1st-century AD and the
times of Pannonia – the Hercules Villa and its Dionysus-Bacchus mosaic might inspire you to savour
fine Hungarian wines later in the day.
The Ottomans also left their mark on the city. The shrine, or türbe, of Gül Baba in Central Buda was
built in the 16th-century and the site offers good views of the city.
Before you head to the Turkish baths lining the Buda embankment, have local lunch at the Grand
Market Hall and enjoy the buzz around the stalls. The historic Szabadság Bridge in front of the Hall is
popular with picnickers when closed for traffic – cross the bridge to access the walkway up to Gellért
Hill for the finest snapshots over the city.
To relax on your way down, you can either soak in the 450-year-old Rudas Baths, which has recently
been renovated and has a 16th-century dome as well as a rooftop restaurant. The most opulent of
all the baths remains Gellért Baths and its Oriental galore of tiles and ornaments, complete with
large outdoor pools. Budapest has vast thermal spring water resources, and some of the waters in
the baths have curative mineral content.
On day two, take a boat trip on the Danube to get a good overview of the water over the Pest and
Buda sides of the city. Staying on the Pest side, a visit to the Neo-Gothic Parliament, one of the
largest such buildings in the world, is a must-do. Your time in the area is even more pleasant on the
weekends when the Pest-side embankment is pedestrianised. Falk Miksa utca nearby bustles with
antique art lovers. Here’s your chance to find a local gem of olden times.
Heading toward the 20th-century, Újlipótváros has the largest Bauhaus residential buildings and a
Jewish cultural centre, Zsilip, complete with a kosher patrisserie and bistro. Here, you can try
Hungary’s unique Jewish cake, flódni.
For green space and outdoor activities, cross Margaret Bridge across the district and stroll away on
Margaret Island, plopped smack in the middle of the Danube.
Upon return to Kempinski Corvinus, ÉS Bisztró serves traditional and modern Hungarian-Viennese
delicacies, Nobu is a trademark New Japanese restaurant, while Blue Fox The Bar mixes classic and
Be sure to head back to our Local Information page to discover more of what to see and do in Budapest. Of course, our Clefs d'Or Member concierges and our entire staff at Kempinski Hotel Corvinus will be more than happy to assist in any way they can during your stay too.
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