Selection of Holiday rentals in Budapest
Holiday apartments in the Hungarian capital
Find more accommodation in Budapest in less time - only here can you find a complete archive of over 100 different websites all in one place so you don’t have to go looking yourself. We have thousands of holiday apartments to choose from, which you can easily compare and rent a flat in Budapest. A city divided by the imposing Danube river and various landmarks such as the impressive Budapest Parliament, the Chain Bridge and Buda Castle. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many other important places to visit include Andrássy street and Heroes Square. These are all places that you can visit if you choose an apartment in the city centre of Budapest and choose to live just like a local. Nicknamed the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, it has much to offer in terms of activities both during the day and night. During the day, you have got to experience one of the many beautiful public baths such as the Gellért Baths and Széchenyi Baths which are some of the most well known in the city. At night, the reputation of Budapest’s ruin pubs certainly precede it, and are open from dawn to dusk. The Szimpla Kert is by far the most popular, alongside the Instant ruin pub. Budapest is a destination that combines both culture with entertainment, so it will be useful for you to choose your accommodation in Budapest depending on what you want to get out of your trip. Here you have the full freedom to do so, since we have one of the most complete inventories in the network from many of our partners. You can easily compare features and prices with the cheap accommodation that best suits you without breaking the bank.
Where to stay in the Pearl of the Danube
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and historically one of the most influential on the Central European continent. Its roots date back to the beginning of the Danube river, since the capital is born from the union of two large areas: Buda, the oldest part which is located atop of its homonymous hill, and Pest which is the more recent part. The city was born from a union between the two as the place we known today. It is a city that was deeply damaged during the Second World War and the Battle of Budapest, with the destruction of many of the Danube bridges, including the Chain Bridge. The impact of this period can be seen to this day - some buildings and monuments such as the bridge itself were restored, others, on the other hand maintain scars on their facades and interiors. The Hungarian capital is a city of many contrasts and despite having been through difficult times, much tranquility can be found. Budapest has 118 wells of thermal and medicinal waters which is the largest of any city worldwide, hence why it is known as the Spa City and is home to the largest public bath in Europe - the Széchenyi Baths. These are located in the Pest area of the city, and are slightly out of the city centre which is an excellent excuse to travel on the second oldest metro system in the world from one of our short stay apartments in Budapest. Each side of the river has some incredible places of interest, as they were formed separately. Depending on what you are prioritising during your stay, you should look for your accommodation on one side or the other. With some of the best apartments in Budapest to choose from on both sides, we present you with the best of each area so you can have a better informed decision on where to stay.
- Buda: The apartments in Buda will transport you to the ancient capital of Hungary until it was captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1541. There is a small part known as Obuda which is part of the Old Town in Buda and is the original area dating back to the Stone Age. Many of the city’s monuments are located in this area including the famous Buda Castle, which presides over the city from a top of a hill with the same name. The Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest Citadel and many others complete an extensive patrimonial list. It is mainly cultural and relatively quiet, which is ideal to get away from large areas of activity on a family trip or even as a couple. Here are some of the most fantastic serviced apartments in Budapest and in addition, being located on a small hill, the views over the Danube and part of Pest are spectacular.
- Pest: On the other side of the Danube, the holiday apartments in Pest will mean you’ll be in the liveliest part of the city. Occupying two thirds of the total area of the city, its origins date back to the tenth century. Although the majority of the city’s growth took place in the nineteenth century, due to the Hungarian bourgeoisie and their expansion of broad avenues flanked by Art Nouveau stately buildings. As far as important landmarks in Pest go, Budapest Parliament is one of the most spectacular. In this part of the city you will also find large shopping areas of the city, including the emblematic Váci Utca street which ends at Vörösmarty tér, a square filled with traditional street markets at Christmas time. There is a part of Budapest that is also full of bars and restaurants with typical cuisine, such as the Street Food Karavan and Hungary’s famous ruin pubs. It is recommended to stay in this area if you are travelling alone or with friends, or if you’re looking for cheap accommodation in Budapest.
What to do in the capital of Hungary
The nightlife in Budapest is only aided by its influx of visitors, and is a popular city for Erasmus meaning that thousands of students join tourists. Some of the most notable places for great nightlife in the city is the famous party boat A38 on the banks of the Danube. The most famous ruin pub is the Szimpla Kert however there are many other options such as Corvintetö, Fogas Ház or the Instant ruin pub, which stands out due to its underground corridors between rooms. For this reason, we suggest looking for a club apartment in Budapest so you can enjoy the nightlife to the full. Budapest is a very festive city; so much so that they even celebrate in the public baths especially in the Széchenyi. During winter, it is recommended to visit the Gellért or Lukács public baths where you can swim in warm waters while it’s cold outside and snow is on the ground. You may want to consider a trendy deluxe apartment in Budapest during the wintertime of which there are plenty, and In December you can enjoy the Christmas markets that are set up in places like Vörösmarty tér.
- Buda Castle: Formerly known as the Royal Palace or Royal Castle in which the kings of Hungary lived. Built in the fourteenth century and initially in a late-Gothic style, it owes its current aesthetic to the neo-Gothic reform suffered after the Battle of Budapest at the end of the Second World War. This is a must see.
- Fort Budapest: Located at the highest point of the city, this defensive fort was built in 1854 under the command of the Habsburgs as a surveillance area. Due to its protectionist function, the views from this point are the best in the Hungarian capital.
- Fisherman's Bastion: Also on the hill of Buda, this spot dates back to 1902, combining neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles making a fantastic viewpoint. It is composed of seven towers in honour of the founding tribes of the country.
- Matthias Church: This church was the first built on top of the hill and the most famous today. It was greatly renovated in the nineteenth century, and inside lie the tombs of Béla III and Ana de Antiochia, parents of the king who built it, Beia IV.
- Chain Bridge: Its official name is Széchenyi Bridge, which is the last name of the count that built it. During the Second World War all bridges in the city were destroyed by the Germans, including this one, and the new bridge dates back to 1949, exactly one hundred years after the original.
- Budapest Parliament: This is the symbol of the city, together with the Buda Castle. It is the largest building in Hungary and the second largest parliament in the world. It is built in a neo gothic style and every night, its 268m of façade are illuminated, which makes for a beautiful view from the other side of the river.
- Great Synagogue of Budapest: This is the second largest of the world in its category; as well as the largest of the entire Eurasian continent. It is on Dohány street, where the ghetto of Budapest once stood; hence, it is an important Jewish centre.
- St. Stephen's Basilica Cathedral: This is the main cathedral in Budapest, the largest religious building in the country and the second tallest in the city, just behind the Parliament. Completed in 1905, today it is possible to access its dome, from which you get an excellent view of the Hungarian capital.
- Andrássy: Possibly the most emblematic street in the city where large neo-Renaissance eclectic houses and palaces flank both sides. Many of these luxurious buildings have been occupied by fashionable shops such as Louis Vuitton, Burberry or Gucci. You may want to consider this street for when searching for central stylish apartments in Budapest.
- Heroes Square: Located at the end of the previous avenue, this square represents and honours the seven founding leaders of Hungary. It was built to celebrate the thousand years of the country. Today it forms, together with the previous one, a group declared a World Heritage Site.
- Vajdahunyad Castle: Located near the Heroes' Square, this castle is a replica of the Hunyad Castle of Transylvania, in Romania. Initially it was built with wood and cardboard; although given its success, it was finally rebuilt. It is home to the Agricultural Museum.
- Széchenyi Baths: This is the largest hot spring resort in Europe. It is made up of 3 large outdoor pools and another 15 indoor pools. It is another important icon of Budapest and one of its most distinctive features.
- Balneario Gellért: This is also one of the most popular baths in the city. At the foot of the homonymous mountain, it was initially a hospital; although during the Turkish occupation it was converted into a thermal bath. It has a total of 8 thermal pools.
- Hungarian National Opera: home to the Hungarian State Opera and one of the largest opera houses in Europe. Sculptures of famous musicians and composers decorate the facade of this important Neo-Renaissance building.
- Hungarian National Museum: Built in a Classicist style, the building was built in 1802 to house the National Library Széchényi. The museum as such was inaugurated in 1846 and has the largest collection in Hungary.
- Museum of the History of the Railroad: With a display of over 100 vehicles, it is one of the largest outdoor railway museums in Europe. Its great attraction is that it exhibits them in an interactive way.
- House of Terror: Created in part also as a tribute to the victims of dictatorial communist and fascist regimes, inside exhibits an extensive collection of everything related to that period
- Aquincum: These are the remains of an ancient Roman city founded by the Celts in 400 BC. They are located in Panonia and are formed by old streets, temples, shops, houses, etc. It was discovered in 1960 and only a third of its total surface has been unearthed.