Hue guide Vietnam

Sights and attractions - Do you want to learn something about the Citadel or the Forbidden City? Where does the name Perfume River come from?

Accommodation - Recommendations for excellently rated and tested accommodation of all categories.

Transport - What is the best way to get to Hue?

Weather - Which months are best to visit Hue?

AI poem - And what did artificial intelligence write about Hue?

The Citadel
The Citadel

Find the former imperial city of Hue in central Vietnam. It is a very popular tourist destination for its historical and cultural wealth. The city is located between the coast of the South China Sea and the foothills of the Truong Son Mountains. The so-called "perfume river" flows through the city itself.

Sights and attractions

The Citadel, or Forbidden City, can be found right in the center of the city and is easily accessible on foot from the touristic part of the city. The old imperial city belongs to the UNESCO list. They built it between 1803-1833. The last imperial dynasty lived here until 1925. Unfortunately, the citadel was devastated by the French (1947) and the Americans (1968). Some parts have already been restored, but most are still being repaired. A tour of the city will definitely take you 2-3 hours, so take plenty of water with you. You can arrange a guided tour on the spot.

The Citadel
The Citadel

If after visiting the Citadel you feel like visiting other pagodas, you will find several around Hue. For example, you can see the Thien Mu (Queen of Heaven) Pagoda during a dragon boat cruise on the Huong River (Perfume River). They named the river after flowers falling into the river from nearby orchards. However, you will have to judge for yourself whether this is a fragrant river.

During your stay, don't miss a visit to the local market, where you can buy everything you can think of. Here you can taste local specialties such as "Bún Bo Hue" or buy a souvenir in the form of spices, a typical Vietnamese hat or something else. If you would like to go to the beach from Hue, expect that the journey will take you about 30-40 minutes (distance about 20 km).

Local soup "Bún Bo Hue"
Local soup "Bún Bo Hue"

For adventure lovers, we recommend a visit to the "Ho Thuy Tien Water Park", which was opened in 2004. Unfortunately, the lack of visitors has turned it into a ghost town. Here you can take a walk through the closed, dilapidated, overgrown park...


In Hue, you can choose from almost 400 accommodation capacities. Hotels are the most represented here, followed by boarding houses, apartments and hostels.

Cheap accommodation is offered, for example, by the popular hostel NANO ECO-HOSTEL at a distance of 5 km from the city center. In the hostel, you can relax by the pool, in the garden or on the terrace. There is also a restaurant, bar, concierge service or airport shuttle available here.

In the city center you can stay, for example, at the 3* Vina Center Hotel. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, luggage storage and others. From the terrace you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city. The Forbidden City is less than 4 km from the accommodation.

The Perfume River flows through the city center
The Perfume River flows through the city center

Another highly rated hotel in the center, the 2* Hong Thien Ruby Hotel is located 1 km from Trang Tien Bridge. Guests have access to a terrace, a common room and a garden. Luggage storage, currency exchange and concierge services are available at the 24-hour reception.

In the restaurant of the luxurious 5* hotel aNhill Boutique, you can enjoy the specialties of both Vietnamese and international cuisine. A beautiful garden with a swimming pool offers relaxation. Cycling enthusiasts will also enjoy this hotel - the surrounding roads invite you to go for a ride. You can rent bikes here.

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You can get to Hue by plane, train or bus. It depends on where you are traveling from. For example, you can fly here from Ho Chi Minh City and then continue further south.

Local market
Local market


The best time to visit is from January to August. But you can certainly come at any time, but be prepared for the fact that it can rain a lot.

Poem about Hue invented by artificial intelligence

In the city of Hue, where the past sings with a low voice,
Traces of ancient kings remain in the castle walls.
The Perfumed River leads its peaceful dance,
Between pagodas and gardens, where memories snow like flowers.

In the imperial palaces, where history breathes in every stone,
The golden shadows of the sun and the scent of jasmine create a seductive dream.
Hue, the city of culture and spiritual beauty,
Where tradition and modernity come together in quiet harmony.

Where the streets glow with the colorful glow of candles,
And the sounds of the gongs carry on into the silence of the faraway.
In the heart of Vietnam, where peace and tranquility meet,
Hue, the city we carry with love in our hearts.

Typical hats at the local market
Typical hats at the local market