Budapest is the European breakout city of our time. From a glorious romantic era past, through the run down soviet era to the present, the city has undergone spectacular transformations which just add to its colorful history. Beautiful architecture, fantastic food, wellness and many cultural opportunities are abundant. There is no shortage of luxury lodging and good restaurants too. It is still a very affordable destination compared with other European capitals and as many times as we have visited, we recommend these as the most go to experiences:
Castle Hill: It is one of the most idyllic and romantic places of Budapest. It will transport anyone back in time. Cozy cobble-stoned streets, excellent restaurants, ruins of ancient churches and Castles together with the best views of the city make Castle Hill a must visit.
Thermal waters and Spas: there are dozens of hot thermal waters in Budapest. Several hotels have been built around such springs that carry legendary fame and recognition for the healing properties of these waters. Gellert is a hotel and Spa where one can pay a day pass and become part of this unique Spa culture that is so alive in the Hungarian Capital.
The Central Market: it is an excellent place to see local culture and delicious food coming together. It is such a colorful market packed with fresh fruits and vegetables, but for tourists it is an prefect destination to enjoy local food, heavenly desserts and to buy souvenirs. Click here to read some in depth details of Kozponti Vasarcsarnok.
Amazing hotels: Budapest has one of the best costs per value in Europe. Hungarians are very friendly and welcoming to visitors, so hospitality is very gracious. A place like the Four Seasons shows what high luxury this city can offer.
The Parliament: It is a unique building, an authentic symbol of the city. Visitors to the Parliament building get a great sense of the history that has shaped Hungary. This is as well the place to go to admire the impressive Crown Jewels
A cruise in the Danube: the river that has been part of novels and poetry seems to be now even more beautiful than ever. A cruise in this river gives the visitor a unique opportunity to see both sides of the city: Buda and Pest. Those with a more adventurous heart can even get all the way to Bratislava or Vienna.
Chain Bridge: It was the first bridge to connect both sides of the city. An impressive structure that one certainly has to cross to admire in its fullest.
To walk around Vaci Utca: a very ancient street, nowadays it is only pedestrian, it is always full of people, there are many great places to enjoy a coffee or one of the famous Hungarian desserts like Cafe Gerbeaud.