Split in two by the mighty Danube River, Budapest is something of a hidden treasure when it comes to taking a city break in Europe but it won’t take you long to see why.
In fact, if you decide to pay a visit to the Hungarian capital then there is a good chance you’ll be left wanting more and trying to work out when you can book a repeat trip…
No matter which you turn, and which side of the river you find yourself on, Budapest is a city that delivers history and culture in spades and is particularly rewarding for those with a nose for exploration.
Ok, so there are plenty of historical monuments around the heart of the city – so much so that it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – but there are also plenty of hidden gems for those who prefer to go off the beaten track a little.
Alongside the famous castle complex, the imposing churches and a myriad of different museums, there is the chance to board a cruise along the Danube, to relax in the natural waters of a hot spring or to simply watch the world go by as you relax with a coffee in one of the many small historic cafes that litter the city.
As with many other cities, when the sun goes down, there are plenty of opportunities to see another side to Budapest thanks to a chilled evening scene, with a range of nightclubs, bars and restaurants that will cater for all tastes.
Speaking of tastes, you’ll certainly want to sample some traditional Hungarian cuisine during your time in the city – particularly if you like your food with a little bit of spice…
Buda Castle is the historical castle that overlooks Budapest, with the current structure dating back to the mid-1700s. A ride on the Buda Funicular Railway is a great way to reach the castle, which looks particularly impressive when brightly illuminated when the sun has gone down on an evening.
The Fisherman's Bastion is a terrace that overlooks Budapast on the hill close to Buda Castle and dates back to the early 1900s. The towers of the Bastion are one of the top attractions in the city with many visiting to marvel at the scenic views over the capital.
Budapest is sometimes referred to as the Queen of the Danube so it will come as little surprise that a cruise along the river is one of the most popular activities for those visiting the city. You’ll be able to take in many of the sights as you cruise at leisure along the river, with various different trips available to cater for all tastes.
Hungarian National Museum
Founded in the early 1800s, the Hungarian National Museum is one of a number of museums that are located within Budapest and is home to number of important historical, artistic and archeological treasures. The building in which the museum now resides was finished in 1847 and is one of the best examples of neo-classical design to be found anywhere in the country.
Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest zoos to be found anywhere in the world and can be found right in the heart of the city. Over 1,000 animals can be found within the zoo, which has been open for more than 150 years. Expect to see all manner of different creatures from across the animal world, whilst there is also the chance to take a relaxing stroll through the impressive botanical gardens that sit alongside.
Great Market Hall
The Great Market Hall in Budapest is – as the name would suggest – home to the largest indoor market in the city and a great place to head if you are seeking to find some souvenirs to take back home. You can also expect to find plenty of traditional Hungarian delicacies from one of the various food related stalls.
Heroes’ Square is one of the major squares within Budapest and is famous for being home to the impressive statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars that sit around the Millennium Monument. It’s a well visited destination for visitors to the city and has played an important role in Hungarian history through the years.
Underneath Budapest there is a large network of geothermal springs, and there are a series of spas and old baths where you can still ‘take the waters’ to this day. That includes both indoor and outdoor options across the city.
Located within easy reach of Budapest, the Hungaroring is the home of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which is one of the biggest sporting events in the country. Throughout the year there are various race meetings held at the circuit whilst you can also take a tour of the facility or even hit the track yourself on a driving experience.
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