Multiple airlines, including United, Lufthansa, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch and others, offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Budapest.
WHERE TO STAY
Erzsebet Ter 9-10
Centrally located luxury hotel. Rooms from $180.
Zara Continental Hotel Budapest
Dohany Utca 42-44
Boutique hotel with art deco style in the city center. Rooms from $100.
Budapest is inexpensive: You can find private rooms from $12 a night, and flats start at about $25 a night. We rented a small studio apartment through Airbnb (www.airbnb.com) for $74 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
Hold Utca 13
Chalkboard menu updated daily. Delicious Hungarian-style pork, wild boar, fish and chicken, along with fresh salads, homemade pickles and bread. Entrees average about $12.
Delicious salads and soups, as well as heartier entrees and traditional Hungarian dishes such as veal stew. Entrees from around $12.
Kazinczy Utca 14
One of Budapest’s oldest ruin pubs, with a bohemian feel and a courtyard beer garden. Beers run about $1-$2.
Cat Cafe Budapest
Revay Utca 3
Tea, coffee, alcohol, cakes — and 14 resident cats. Tea from $3.45, coffee from $2.30, soft drinks from $1.65. Pastries and finger sandwiches from about $2.
Szent Istvan Ter 3
Long lines form at this gelato shop, where each treat is scooped in the shape of a rose. $2 to $3.
WHAT TO DO
Allatkerti Korut 9-11
Plunge into 18 pools of varying temperatures. Swimming pools open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., thermal pools 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily ticket $19 to $21 during the week and $20 to $22 on weekends.
Legenda Sightseeing Cruise
Dock 7 Vigado Ter
Take in the sights and learn the history of Budapest on this 70-minute cruise along the Danube. Cruise times change seasonally. $16 to $21.