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first_imgThirsty for more of Budapest? From pubs to spas, wine tasting to caving, see:Top 10 things to see and do in BudapestCheck flights to BudapestFind hotels in BudapestSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hireReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 6. and 7. Pack paprika and go for goulashIn the spirit of Budpaest, two tips in one here. There’s no escaping the paprika-providing red chilli peppers in Budapest; you’ll see bunches of them adorning all the tourist shops and at the city’s markets, as they’re the symbol of Hungarian cuisine. Give in to your inner tourist and take home a string of peppers to hang in the kitchen. Paprika is of course one of the key ingredients of the traditional Hungarian goulash, and no trip to Budapest would be complete without sampling this hearty dish – washed down with Hungarian wine.Try Hunyadi Étterem in the Castle District. ‘The Paris of Eastern Europe’, Budapest has the character, the architecture, and the goulash, to stand tall without comparison.And in Buda and Pest, you get two for the price of one. Even better, you can see it all on a tight budget. We reveals seven of her favourite low-cost things to do on both sides on the Danube. 1. Fisherman’s BastionThe Fisherman’s Bastion is impressive fortified terrace on the ‘Buda’ side of the river which provides one of the best views in the city – especially over the river to the Gothic Revival Hungarian Parliament Building. The Bastion is named after the fishermen whose job it was to defend this part of the city walls during the Middle Ages, but it was only completed in 1902, and looks more like a fairytale castle than a fortification. It’s open all hours and mostly free; you have the option of paying a small entrance fee to get into the very top of some of the lookout towers, but you needn’t pay for these: the view from the free balconies and lower parts of the towers is magnificent enough. The whole area around the Fisherman’s Bastion, known as the Castle District, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and full of museums, churches and palaces. 2. Parliament BuildingThe most imposing building on the ‘Pest’ side of the Danube is the aforementioned Hungarian Parliament Building. When Parliament isn’t in session, you can take a tour of this impressive building for just 2,250 HUF, or a little over £6. Tours leave every half an hour throughout the day in various languages, taking in the sweeping grand staircase, priceless crown jewels, sumptuous frescoes and the stunning Domed Hall. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in BudapestIn the ‘Paris of the East’, you can hop from a boat tour on the Danube River to blissful hot baths and famous ruin bar pub crawls, all in one day. Here’s how to enjoy a city break in Budapest.10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).9 best value holiday destinations 2017Fancy a pint for 60p? Hotel for £3? We bring you ten amazing value destinations for 2016, plus the best places to go and beaches to hit when you get there. 3. Margaret IslandBetwtixt Buda and Pest in the Danube, Margaret Island is accessible by bus and, during the summer, by ferry. Cars aren’t allowed on the island, as it’s a public park, so it offers a peaceful (and free) retreat from the city. Simply stroll the 20 minutes from one end to the other, and take in the island’s UNESCO-protected attractions like the musical fountain that plays classical and pop favourites (catch it in action daily at 10.30am, 5pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm). The Palatinus water park – the largest open-air bathing area in the city – is a great place to cool off in the heat of the summer. 4. Váci UtcaBudapest’s answer to Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is the Váci Utca, a long thoroughfare packed with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Walk from one end to the other and you’ll get a real sense of the city’s history: look out for what’s left of the original city gate and the building at number 9 where Mozart gave a concert aged 11. Call into Central Market Hall, which sells all sorts of fresh produce on the ground floor, and local crafts (souvenir alert) on the first.5. Tour the Hungarian State Opera HouseGustav Mahler was once the music director of the prestigious Hungarian State Opera House, and cheap ticket prices mean that you can easily follow in his footsteps by going to a concert. If architecture interests you more than opera, you don’t have to sit through a whole performance; take a tour of the points of interest in this grand Neo-Renaissance building, including, of course, its ornate main stage; plus there is museum dedicated to famous Hungarian musicians.last_img read more