BUDAPEST – The Paris of the East

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Voted as the Best European Destination 2019, Budapest has got something for everyone and every taste.

The Danube River split the city in 2 parts: the romantic Buda on one side, with the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the Ottoman-style thermal baths, and the vibrant cultural Pest on the other side, with its Museums, the Parliament building and the extraordinary architecture.

A boat cruise offers the most incredible view of the city, thanks to the majesty of the River and its beautiful bridges. The Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District – which is one of the most beautiful and romantic parts of Budapest – have been listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.

A visit to Budapest also gives the opportunity to see unique attractions like the first Underground Railroad in Continental Europe and third largest Parliament building in the world, other than the chance to enjoy the largest thermal water system in the world.

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MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS

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Castle Hill – Image by Vined from Pixabay

Buda Castle Hill – The hill include a whole district towering the Danube that contains some of the most important historical buildings and museums in Budapest. It includes also the impressive 200-rooms Buda Castle, which is spectacularly illuminated at night, and the castle courtyards open 24 hours a day. But it is worth a visit just for the beautiful medieval alleyways and the gothic details of Trinity Square. The Hill can be easily reached thanks to the restored historic Castle Funicular Railway, which departs from the Buda end of the Chain Bridge.

Chain Bridge – it is the oldest bridge permanently connecting the 2 sides of the city, Buda and Pest. Completed in 1849, was considered one of the most incredible bridges built in Europe at that time. Together with the Castle, it is one of the most iconic symbols of the City. Visitors can also enjoy a marvellous view of the Danube by walking onto the top of the tunnel located on the Buda side.

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Parliament building – Image by mkf_photography from Pixabay

Budapest Parliament – Dominating the river bank, this majestic building is the third biggest parliament building in the world with 691 rooms as well as an impressive 19 kilometres of corridors and stairs. It was built more than one-hundred years ago and it is the centre of the Hungarian political life. The main entrance hall and some of the lobbies can be visited during one of the 45-minutes guided tours, which also include the Hungarian Coronation Jewels.

 

UNIQUE SIGHTSEEING

Roman City of AquincumAquincum, considered the Hungarian Pompeii, was the most important settlement in the region during the Roman Empire and today it is part of the old town of Buda. The archaeological site is open to visitors, where they can explore ancient houses, baths, courtyards, fountains and a sophisticated underfloor heating system. It is also possible to visit the Aquincum Museum, which houses a vast collection of Roman daily life objects and wall paintings.

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Fountain on Margaret Island – Image by TravelCoffeeBook from Pixabay

Margaret IslandIt is Budapest’s green oasis and locals’ favourite spot for a relaxing walk. It is quite small, but it offers plenty of activities. Climb the Water Tower for a perfect Instagram picture of the Danube and visit the ruins of the medieval church and nunnery. Or simply enjoy a walk in the beautiful rose and Japanese garden.

Danube PromenadeThe Danube embankment between Chain and Elisabeth Bridge was once the centre of the social life for the Hungarian upper class. Today it hosts luxury hotels, several cafes and restaurants and it is full of fascinating historic locations and landmarks. It also offers a stunning view of the Buda Castle across the Danube. Do not miss a visit to the Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial, 60 pairs of shoes made out of iron as a tribute to a group of Jews killed during the WWII.

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Shoes on the Dabube Memorial © Federico Chiesa on http://www.budapestinfo.hu

Cave tourBudapest has got an incredible and unique underground cave system. It is the only capital in the world with more than two-hundred caves of considerable size, created by the thermal springs that supply the famous spas across the city. Some of the caves are open to visitors and can be explored in small groups with a professional caving guide. The tour is for people really looking for out-of-ordinary experiences and it guarantees a lot of fun in a unique setting.

 

FOOD & DRINKS

Hungarian cuisine is more than just goulash. When you visit Budapest, be ready to try spicy dishes from the Ottoman tradition mixed with more modern European delicacies.

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Image by RitaE from Pixabay

Paprika is undoubtedly the most loved and used spice. The Lecsó is a vegetable stew seasoned with salt and a generous amount of either sweet or hot paprika powder. Served with bread and often with a scoop of sour cream, this is a must-try dish for vegetarians visiting Budapest. And the Halászlé (or Fisherman’s soup) is prepared with the carp or other daily catch from the Danube and relies on a generous use of, once again, paprika powder, which gives it a lovely bright red colour.

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Image by Tibor Janosi Mozes from Pixabay

The Pálinka is the most typical alcoholic beverage, produced in Hungary only. It is very strong, traditionally distilled from plums and pears, even though today it is possible to taste more than 250 different flavours. It is usually enjoyed at the end of lunch or dinner as a digestive. Add it to your menu in Budapest for a full local experience!

 

 

 

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