With memories of that last summer beach holiday fading fast, it’s time to ward off the gloom with an autumn break to somewhere offering plenty to do and see and where the weather is better than at home. With daytime temperatures around 20ºC until the end of October, wide avenues, grand architecture and fascinating history, Budapest is just the place.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it’s easy to see why Budapest is ranked as the most livable Eastern European city. It receives over 2 million tourists a year but it’s quieter in autumn, a great time to take a stroll through history. Must-see stops are the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Castle District, with its Gothic castle and 700 year-old Matthias Church. The neo-gothic Parliament, the world's third largest Parliament building and home to the Hungarian Crown Jewels, is also worth a visit.
And for those who prefer to take it easy, cruise on the Danube, take a dip in one of the city’s famous hot spring baths, chill out at one of the grand cafés and enjoy the local cuisine. Head for the trendy Liszt Ferenc Square, packed with outdoor cafés and restaurants.Try authentic goulash and chicken paprika, ‘halászlé’ (fish soup) ‘pörkölt’ (meat stew) and káposzta (stuffed cabbage) washed down with great Hungarian wine.
Budapest’s autumn festival is from October 8th-17th and foodies will appreciate the Pálinka sausage festival from 8th-10th October. You’ll also see goose and foie gras on the menu in November as St. Martin’s feast day is on the 11th. Shoppers looking for something different can try the city’s Christmas Market which starts 19th of November.