Budapest is known as the “Paris of the East” and it offers gorgeous architecture, plenty of great museums and art galleries, elegant cafes, great pubs and restaurants and much more. There is so much to see and do in this Hungarian city, so here are some ideas to get you started:
Walk Across the Chain Bridge
This bridge was the first one to permanently connect Buda and Pest and it was constructed in 1849. It was considered to be one of the wonders of the world and it’s a fantastic place to take photos of the city, especially in the evenings.
Go Caving Beneath the City
The rushing thermal waters of the famous baths in Budapest form a huge cave system underneath the city, which is more than 100 kilometres long. There are tour experiences that allow you to delve deep into these subterranean passages with a caving guide. Overalls, headlamps and helmets are supplies and you must be willing to get dirty and not afraid of crawling through small spaces.
Take a Cruise Down the Danube
When the sun goes down in Budapest you can watch the sparkling lights of the city from a boat gently gliding down the Danube. The one hour evening cruises offer audio headsets that will provide you with entertaining facts about the history of the city. There are also longer buffet dinner cruises that are a wonderful romantic experience for a special occasion.
Go Shopping at the Central Market Hall
This is the largest indoor market in Budapest and there is a focus there on traditional Hungarian products. On the first floor of the food hall you will see vendors who are selling everything from wines to sausages to spices and vegetables. You can treat yourself to a range of traditional Hungarian foods and then bring home some souvenirs such as traditional embroidery or jewellery.
Indulge Your Sweet Tooth at Café Ruszwurm
This traditional confectioner on the Castle Hill is one of the oldest cafes in the city and it is famous for its delicious sweet treats. There is a great selection of truffles, pastries, cakes and coffees to choose from and the antique décor is wonderfully charming.
Take a Hike Up Gellert Hill and Visit the Citadella
The stairs and paths all the way up the hill will get you huffing and puffing, but when you reach the top you will be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view over Buda and Pest. Up at the top you can visit the Citadella, which was a fortress built by the Habsburgs in 1854. Its location made it the perfect strategic point for watching over all of Budapest. There is usually a market set up there where you can buy Hungarian handicrafts including wooden toys and handmade clothing.
These are just a few of the great experiences that you can enjoy when you are visiting the city of Budapest, so why not get out there and start exploring?