The Best Attractions in the Center of Budapest
One of the joys of a holiday is the opportunity to step out of the rat race, even if for the briefest of visits. While you will want to make the most of what little time you have, venturing too far out of the city can be counter productive to your relaxation needs. If staying at the K+K Hotel Opera, you will find yourself in the beautiful center of Budapest. So you don’t have to stray too far, discover Budapest center on your next trip with our guide on the best things to do.
The Széchenyi Baths
If relaxation truly is the raison d’être of your trip, there are few places more conducive than the Széchenyi baths. Built in 1913, the baths are one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. The largest thermal baths in Europe, they are also centrally located just next to Heroes’ Square.
Opulent and spectacular, the baths would be sufficiently impressive as a sight to see. However, dipping into the hot waters will provide an absolution from the stresses of your everyday life. Despite its popularity, the sheer size of the baths means there is plenty of space to stay in your own little world.
The City Park
Once you emerge from the replenishing waters and dry yourself off, you only need to walk a matter of meters to see the splendor of the City Park. The baths are located in the City Park complex, but so too are the Zoological and Botanical gardens, the Vajdahunyad Castle and many other sights. Stop off for dining at the Victorian Gundel Restaurant or simply walk around the park to absorb its wonder.
Budapest has a veritable smorgasbord of restaurant types in Budapest and the center is where the best are concentrated. Zincenco Kitchen offers premium gastronomic delights in a refined venue, the food being as stylish as the interior. Perhaps not as stylish, but full of flavor and one of the best places for traditional Hungarian cuisine, you might want to try Regős Vendéglő. You can even get an actual smorgasbord at Scandinavian restaurants like the well-received SALT.
If you want to walk off all of that tasty goulash you had at lunch, the Danube promenade is a free-to-enjoy, but unmissable attraction covering a large part of the city’s center. You can see all of the most architecturally beautiful and historically important buildings in Budapest center from here. Perhaps even better, you can people-watch as the lives of Budapest’s inhabitants ebb and flow like the great Danube itself.
Central Market Hall
Also known as the Great Market Hall, the Central Market Hall is both the largest and oldest indoor market in Hungary. These names inform us of two key aspects of this market. Firstly, it is centrally located. Secondly, it is massive. Here you can find the touristy knick-knacks many people will use to buy souvenirs. However, the real pride of this market is the local produce. Fish, meat, local wines, pickles, preserves and much more, what all the wares on offer have in common is quality. Go to bring home supplies or simply stuff as much in as you can while you’re there.
Since staying in K+K Hotel Opera means you are centrally located, you can save money on travel expenses. If you want to save even more, take a look at our special offers to see how you can make the most out of your Hungarian adventure.