Budapest, the capital city of Hungary is made up of two parts, Buda and Pest, split down the middle by the Danube River. Buda sits on rolling hills, while pest expands into wide boulevards. And on both sides you’ll find an abundance of cultural history, architecture, and spa and wellness centres.
Spend a day Varhegy (Castle Hill), a UNESCO Heritage site where cobblestone streets lead you to preserved Gothic and Baroque houses, the Matthias church and the Royal Palace. Also worth a stroll is Andrassy ut, full of museums, exhibitions halls, and architectural wonders like the Hungarian State Opera House, the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy and the Ballet Institute, Do not miss St Stephen’s Basilica, Pest’s largest church, and Heroes Square.
Budapest is called the Spa City because of its 118 natural thermal springs that have numerous medical benefits. The most famous and grandiose of them all is the Gellert Spa complex, which has been around since 1912, and Rudas, where things get steamy in a Turkish-Style bath. Younger travelers will also enjoy the option of a Sparty/Spa night/ water Rave, which allows you to enjoy the spa and a bumping party with a DJ at the same time.
On the Buda side is the famous Gellert Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool, known as much for its Art Noveau architecture as tiled roof; Night view of the illuminated Chain Bridge szechenyi Lanchid, over the River Danube with the Gresham Hotel, St.stephen’s basilica, and the pest aside behind; The Buda Castle is a popular tourist haunt; Budapest is a gourmand’s delight and offers interesting options for dinning; The state Opera House in Budapest is both an aural and visual treat.
Foodies will delight in visiting the grand food hall, Vasarcarnok (Central Market Hall), where you can stock up on local delicacies like salami, paprika, and goose and duck liver pates.
You can also sample Hungary’s finest wines at Bortarsasag (castle district); while Café Gerbeaud, one of Europe largest and most traditional coffee houses is a must-visit. A traditional Hungarian feast (goulash, paprika, crap soup), is best enjoyed by the river, where you’ll find plenty to eat.
Vaci utca Budapest’s most popular (walking) street, lined with shops and eateries located in buildings sporting architectural elements from the 19th and 20th century. West End City Center is Center Europe’s largest mall, and has luxury retailers as well as international high street brands. To get the real flavor of this place and its people, visit this lively Ecseri Piac Flea market in the outskirts of the city.
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Castle Hill has a slew of accommodation options across all budgets. More than that thought, it’s the charming architecture that draws tourists here.
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