I'm traveling to Israel this spring and am flying through Budapest with an 11 hour (or so) stop-over. Would greatly appreciate any thoughts/comments/advices about what's better to do/see/visit in the city in such a short period of time. Also, any advice on best way to get from the airport to the city and back and travelling around would be nice.
hello i was the last summer during 5 days in budapest and it was the most beautiful city of the center of europe.
you have to visit the white castell
and i loved all the buildings in general the food is good and it´s cheap. i recommend you go to budapest.
If you're going to be there such a short time I'd recommend going to the baths.The Gellert Spa is probably the best known and the easiest to locate and get to.The facilities are fantastic and its one of the best ways to unwind especially if you're on a stopover.Plus if you feel like seeing some more of the city the baths are located on the more scenic side of the river with all the best views.
Well whatever you do,enjoy!!Budapest is pretty cool.
This is just to add to whitb said about the baths. I just thought I'd give you an idea of where they are. They are on the Buda side of the city. The spa is right next to Gellert Hotel - next to the Liberty bridge (on the Buda side) - the bridge that connects the Pest and the Buda parts of the city. It really is worth your while. Great place to unwind. Definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Budapest.
You may also want to visit the Obuda - the fortress on the hill at Buda - it overlooks the entire city of Budapest. Hope this helps. Enjoy your time there.
About the spas in Budapest. I don't know it's name, but the big spa in the big park, I think it's called Scencenyi Park, not sure, by the Heroes's Square, (on the Pest side)lovely park and a great spa, I also heard that it's a lot cheaper than Gellert. They have a big outdoor pool with jacuzzi and water temperature in it is about 36C, it's great when it's cold outside. I was there last year, and it was snowing. Wow. They also have a lot of steam baths and diferent water types... Great place really.
Thanks all for your replies. The suggestion is great! I just might do that - going to a spa seems like a great way to relax between flights.
More ideas and advice are still very appreciated!
just returned from a long weekend in Budapest. Great city, too bad you only have 11 hours to stay. What I would recommend is definetely go to Széchenyi Spa, even the locals prefer it to the Gellert. There's is also a beautiful old castle in walking distance. If you're into historical old building you might want to do a 40-minute tour of the opera house, it's a bit expensive for hungarian prices, but definetely worth it. Apart from that I'd just hop of the metro at Deak Ter station and walk around to get a general impression. All the major sights in the city are close to each other, so it's easy to stroll around without getting lost. Have fun and make sure you try their national dish "Gulasch"!