Budapest is a grand and romantic city, with a complex history and beautiful architecture. September here is still warm and balmy. The evenings may be drawing in, but as night falls its quirky ‘ruin pubs’ glimmer with fairylights and fill with the beautiful people of Budapest drinking wine amongst the crumbling ruins. At night, make sure to grab a drink at the most edgy and iconic of all the ruin pubs,’Szimpla Kert’.
During the day, your travel list must include a visit to one of the grand thermal baths Budapest is famous for (our favourite is Gellért Thermal Bath) and treat yourself to a coffee and sweet pastry after. Cross the chain bridge, arching over the River Danube and go explore Budapest citadel, for stunning views of the city from above.
Visit St Stephen Basilica for stunning architecture and don’t miss peaceful Margaret Island, a 2.5km-long island of greenery on the Danube, linked to Buda and Pest by bridges. Take a chilled Danube boat tour and visit the picturesque Buda castle, a 13th century Unesco world heritage site that also contains the Hungarian National Gallery, the Castle Museum, and the National Széchenyi Library.