Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and many visitors consider the city to be amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city successfully mixes the fascinating history with a brilliant, laid-back contemporary artistic style. There are a wide range of different things for visitors to see and do, from museums to thermal spas, so everyone should be able to find something that tickles their fancy.
The city of Budapest is divided by the amazing River Danube. There are accommodations available in the river and the views of the Parliament Building are indescribable.
Where and What to eat
Central Market. In the Central Market there is lots of traditional Hungarian dishes and typical culinary. When I travel I always like to try the typical food, I think it is one of the best ways to have a truthful experience of the place that I am visiting.
Gulyás. Also known as Goulash, is the national dish of Hungary and is simply delicious. Goulash is traditionally Hungarian made from a meat stew with noodles and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other sorts of spices.
Lángos. Available in the Central Market, Lángos is a flat bread made with flour, yeast, water and salt, frequently topped with mashed potatoes, sour cream yogurt, grated cheese, ham or sausages.
Kürtóskalács. The name is difficult to pronounce, but the taste is delicious. This traditional cake is in form of a chimney and is made from sweet yeast wrapped around a cone-shaped baking material. Melted butter, granulated sugar, caramel, crispy, shiny, cinnamon and walnut are all the reasons why you shouldn’t say no to this yummy dessert.
House of Parliament
The Hungarian Parliament Building was designed and built in the Gothic Revival Style and is one of the largest buildings in Hungary. Nowadays, the building houses hundreds of Parliamentary offices. Although the impressive building looks fantastic from every angle, it has its full glory from the other side of the River Danube.
Watch the sunset at the top of the Buda Hill
Get the Funicular on the Buda side and go to the top of the Buda Hill. The view from the city is just breathtaking, and the sunset is an unmissable panoramic views across the Danube. The fastest way up the hill is by a funicular. The funicular was first opened in 1870 and is the second oldest funicular in the world.
Relax at the Széchenyi Thermal Baths
The Széchenyi Baths complex is the largest medicinal bath centre in Europe. The waters are believed to help people with degenerative joint illnesses and other medical issues. For those who just want to enjoy the relaxing powers of the thermal pools, there are also saunas and steam rooms. Massages and beauty treatments are also available at an additional fee. The two outdoor pools are fantastic places to visit on a cold, dark night, as the steam rising from the hot water makes the whole place seem wonderfully mysterious.
Central Market Hall
Located in central Budapest, the Great Market Hall is the most famous marketplace in the city. Whilst many locals use the market as a place to buy their groceries, the tourists/travelers find the place very touristic and interesting to visit. As well as individual ingredients, it is possible to pick up homemade local delicacies like Goulash and Langos from the food stall.
Although the Fisherman’s Bastion looks like a medieval monument, it was actually built in the early 20th century. Built in a Neo-Gothic Style, this buildings was planned to act as a panoramic viewing platform over the city. The building is named after the Guild of Fishermen, which were responsible for defending that stretch of the city walls during the Middle Ages. Come at the sunset to see a particularly beautiful view of the city.
Outside of Israel, this synagogue is currently one of the largest in the world. Despite the fact that Hungary’s Jewish population was significantly depleted during the World War II. In the garden you can see a weeping willow memorial, whose metal leaves bear the names of those killed during the War.
St Stephen's Basilica
This basilica is one of the most important religious buildings in Hungary. Inside, the visitors can see the right hand of Stephen – the first king of Hungary. As this is a holy site, visitors who plan on entering the church are asked to keep their knees and shoulders covered. Those with a head for heights can travel up to the base of the dome and look out over the city.
This stretch of the Danube walkway goes from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge, and is perfect for those who want a short, but interesting walk. Promenading along the Danube is a great way to see many of the most famous sights in the capital.
Take a cruise on the Danube
There are lots of tours available that provide cruises on the river, including dinner/lunch. The cruise runs along the River showing the amazing bridges along the city.