Things to do in Budapest
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, known as "Paris of the East" and considered the pearl of the Danube. This town is a mix of the influence of ancient Rome and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is divided into two parts, Buda and Pest, both overlooking the Danube and connected by bridges among wich the Chain Bridge stands out. A walk in Andrassy Avenue is unmissable, to the National Opera House and the magnificent Heroes Square. A funicular connects the Vár ("castle") quarter and the old town of Buda, where the Budapest Historical Museum traces the history of the city from Roman times to the present day. Damaged by wars, enslaved by Nazism, impoverished by communism, Budapest regained all her pride on the occasion of her entry into the European Union. In Holy Trinity Square you will find the 13th century Matthias Church and the Fishermen's Bastion, whose turrets offer an unobstructed view to the city. The best period to visit Budapest is between the end of August and the end of September.
The Buda Castle
is the palace complex of the Hungarian Kings. It was built in 1265, but the Baroque castle as we know it today was added between 1749 and 1769. The castle was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The castle now hosts the Hungarian National Gallery and The Budapest History Museum. The site sits on the tip of Castle Hill in a part of the city known as Castle District.
The Széchenyi Bath
in Budapest is the largest thermal bath in Europe. Two hot springs supply the bath with the water. The spa was built in a baroque style by the architect Eugene Schmitterer. The temperature of the pools goes from 18°C to 38°C. Medical studies show that the Széchenyi baths have orthopedic healing property as well as being effective against traumatological disorders.
Inaugurated in 1896 for the 1000th anniversary of the country of Hungary, the Parliament of Budapest
is the house of the National Assembly of Hungary. Located on the Danube waterway, it is one of the most known touristic attractions in Hungary. In addition to being the most massive building in Hungary, it is also the tallest one in Budapest. The parliament was built in Neo-Gothic style. Due to its size, and it's elaborate handcrafted decorations, this building has recently been under restoration.
The Jewish Quarter
is considered to be a vibrant District in Budapest. With a lot of fancy shops, artistic bars, and street art masterpieces, it is one of the most notable parts of the city. It is also the best spot to enjoy the Budapest nightlife with nightclubs, and bars. The Jewish District is not only known for its lifestyle but also for its synagogue which is the biggest in Europe.
The Danube is one of the longest rivers in Europe. It is also the river that divides Budapest into two parts. The Danube Bend
, where the Danube changes its direction from East/West to North/South, is located between Budapest and Esztergom. This part of the Danube is awe-inspiring and it is worth taking a day trip and go on a cruise to discover some picturesque villages on its shore.