Walking along the beautiful banks of the Danube river, viewing Buda Castle and the Chain bridge, you will feel the old-time spirit of this wonderful city.
Spending time in the world's largest thermal water cave system and sampling an original traditional goulash in a local restaurant afterwards... Can you imagine a better way to learn about local culture in Central Europe?
MAP OF BUDAPEST
The capital city of Hungary
REASONS TO COME TO BUDAPEST
1. THE DANUBE RIVER
The Danube both divides and connects Buda and Pest and plays an important role in the city's history. Walk along the river banks or take a scenic cruise on the river itself.
2. A 'WALKING CITY'
Budapest is a great city to walk around with tight little neighborhoods and attractions that can be easily gotten to by foot. The main sights in Buda are located in and around the castle district and most of the attractions in Pest can be found between The Danube and the Grand Boulevard. Visiting Castle Hill, taking a stroll on Andrássy Avenue, promenading along The Danube, climbing up Gellért Hill, walking across the Chain Bridge and wandering around the Jewish Quarter are some of my favorite things to do. To see the most of Budapest check out my free walking tours.
3. HISTORICAL BUILDINGS
With over a thousand years of history, Budapest's architecture ranges from Roman ruins to Art Nouveau palaces. Noted for its beautiful late 19th and early 20th century eclectic-style buildings, the city is full of great sights to see. For architecture buffs, 'Budapest 100' is an annual event that offers a unique behind the scenes look at historic buildings built exactly 100 years ago in 1913.
4. WELCOMING EUROPEAN CITY
While Budapest is still affordable, (Hungary does not use the Euro as its currency,) it's also one of the friendliest and most welcoming cities on the continent.
5. FAMOUS BUDAPEST BATHS
The historic thermal baths are one of Budapest's most popular and interesting features. Whether it's an original Turkish bathhouse (Rudas), a Neo-Baroque Palace (Széchenyi) or an Art Deco masterpiece (Gellért), there is nothing better than relaxing in the healing waters.
6. WINE & CUISINE
Wine lovers will be happy to know that Hungary produces award winning reds and whites across its 22 wine regions. Hip wine bars are popping up everywhere in the city offering the best local vintages by the glass. Putting Budapest on the foodie map is Hungary's delicious cuisine at some great Michelin star and Bib Gourmand awarded restaurants and local gems serving classic Hungarian dishes with a twist.
7. BUDAPEST MARKETS
Markets in Budapest are bustling with fresh, homegrown produce from local farmers. The famous Central Market Hall and the Farmer's Market at Szimpla Kert should be on every foodie’s itinerary. One of the best ways to learn about the local culture is by taking a unique market tour.
8. BUDAPEST'S RUIN PUBS
The always-popular Ruin Pubs remain the most unique part of Budapest's entertainment scene. A must on every visitor's to-do list, these pubs, located in formerly abandoned buildings, have a great atmosphere any time of the day. A good place to start your ruin-pub-hopping is Szimpla Kert.
9. BUDAPEST IS BIG ON ART AND CULTURE
There are more than 140 theaters, museums and galleries in the city. Many concerts, festivals and events are held year-round, not to mention performances at the famous Opera House, which is considered to be among the best opera houses in the world.
10. LOCAL FASHION
If you love unique style and want to avoid generic shopping centers, Budapest features several stores selling hip, homegrown fashion designed by young, up-and-coming designers. Inspired by Hungary's vibrant culture and rich folk art Budapest's fashion scene is better than ever. For a new take on traditional design check out Lokalwear, Printa, Matyodesign.