The beautiful city of Budapest, capital of Hungary, is one of the largest cities in Europe and straddles the Danube River (originally Buda was on one bank and Pest on the other). It is often the jumping off point for a river cruise or the end point of one. We recommended you add a pre or post stay to your river cruise to enjoy its various highlights. Budapest can not be appreciated in one day, or even two!
Most places of interest are within walking distance of each other and bicycles are available to rent as well to cover more of the city if you are not signed up on a guided tour. If you are not physically not inclined for active walking or biking, and wish to shun the cost of taxis, the city is well covered with busses, trams and metro lines. There is even an English language website for line and fare information. Generally,those over 65 travel free of charge on public transport.
What to see or do? Here are a few suggestions:
- Experience a thermal bath. Budapest has public and private thermal baths: your basic baths, baths with added extras (aesthetics, massage, sauna, etc) and baths that offer out of doors sunning areas. You should generally assume children under 14 are not allowed. Though you can bath semi clothed (or nude) in private, gender-specific areas, think of the thermal baths in the same way as you would swimming pools in N America: that is, with swimsuits, bathing caps, lockers, paid towel service and so on.