Budapest is one of Europe's most enchanting cities, renowned for its stunning architecture, thermal baths, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you're a photography enthusiast, a history buff, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Budapest has something to offer everyone. Here's a guide to help you make the most of your time in the beautiful Hungarian capital.
What To See In Budapest
Fisherman's Bastion: This fairy-tale-like terrace offers mind blowing views of the Danube River, Buda Castle, and the city skyline. The neo-Gothic turrets and stairways make for a picturesque backdrop for your photos.
St. Stephen's Basilica: This impressive Neo-Classical church is the largest in Budapest and boasts a beautiful dome, intricate frescoes, and a stunning stained glass window.
Hungarian Parliament Building: This monumental building is one of the largest legislative buildings in the world and a true masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture.
Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library: An impressively decorated library in a former palace where you can see the grandiose and ornate palace halls that now serve as multiple reading rooms.
Chain Bridge: This suspension bridge spans the Danube River and connects Buda and Pest. It's a popular spot for photos, especially during sunset.
What To Do In Budapest
Take a River Cruise: A river cruise along the Danube is a great way to see the city from a different perspective and take in the beauty of the riverfront.
Drink at Szimpla Kert: Spend the evening drinking and eating at this quirky compilation of bars within an abandoned building.
Explore the Buda Castle Quarter: This historic neighbourhood is home to Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, and many other historic buildings and monuments.
Go on a coffee crawl - Budapest is home to many excellent speciality coffee shops and cafes. Some of my favourites are Espresso Embassy, Madal Cafe, Double Shot, New York Cafe, Kontakt, Művész Kávéház and Flow.
Indulge in Hungarian cuisine: Enjoy Goulash, a hearty stew that's a staple of Hungarian cuisine made with meat, vegetables, and paprika, or Chicken Paprikash - similar to goulash but made with chicken instead of beef. Finish the meal off with Hungarian wine in particular, Tokaji, a sweet dessert wine made from late-harvest grapes.
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