Boasting glimmering bridges, embroidery-like architecture, and lush green hills, Budapest is one of the most glamorous cities on the shores of the Danube River. This beautiful city was formed by the unification of Buda and Óbuda on the west, and Pest on the east banks of the river.
Begin touring Budapest, one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular cities, from the Castle District. The Royal Palace can be reached on foot or by funicular and has a magnificent view. The foundation of the palace in the district that was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List was laid in the 13th century, but over time the structure was restored several times. The National Gallery, and the Budapest History Museum and its library are just a few of the sites to visit. Visitors will be impressed by the beauty of the Danube that extends to the Statue of Liberty on Gellert Hill, and divides the city in two, and the many bridges that cross over it.
If you head down from the castle and pass over Chain Bridge, you will reach St. Stephen’s Basilica. Budapest’s largest church with its 96-meter-high dome was constructed more than 50 years. The classically decorated building houses the right hand of St. Stephen. Walking along Vaci Utca, you come to the Great Market Hall. In the bazaar, there are many products ranging from souvenirs to handicrafts, local delicacies to fruit and vegetables. While you’re here, you can buy some souvenirs and take a lunch break. Be sure to taste the local flavors of the Hungarian cuisine –the residents of Budapest are very proud of them!
In the Evening
In the afternoon, take a long break at one of the famous Hungarian thermal baths to relax. Gellert Spa & Baths is your best choice. The thermal baths, whose reputation dates back to the 13th century, appeal to both the body and eye with their stained glass, Art Nouveau furnishings, and unique mosaics. Later, to end the day in this beautiful city that offers different scenes throughout the day go up to the Fisherman’s Bastion. You will not be able to take your eyes off the Parliament Building.
In the Morning
Get up early and begin the day at Heroes’ Square. The Museum of Fine Arts to the left is decorated with statues of the most important leaders and war heroes in Hungarian history and has one of the richest painting collections in Europe. Artists such as Raphael, Dürer, Renoir, El Greco, Monet, and Pissarro are just a few of the names whose works can be found here. With its fascinating halls and exhibitions, you will probably tour around the museum until noon.
After returning from the museum, visit the impressive New York Café that declared itself “The most beautiful café in the world” for lunch. Witness for yourselves whether or not this café that resembles a palace inside is worthy of this claim. Be sure to make a reservation so as not to wait in the line. From here, head towards the Great Synagogue on Dohány Street. When you walk around this magnificent building, be sure to opt for the audio guide that tells you the tragic history of the Hungarian Jews.
Before You Leave
If you have time for a coffee break, visit the city’s best coffee shop, Espresso Embassy. Pass the monument Shoes on the Danube Bank to reach the Parliament Building. This is one of the biggest buildings in Europe and was designed in the neo-Gothic style. From here walk over to Margaret Island on the Danube River and enjoy your last hours in the city amidst greenery.