Welcome to Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, the Queen of the Danube, a city of numerous terms and a former capital of the Hungarian kingdom. Wonderful at all times of the year, seasoned for Christmas, scooped up for the New Year or blossoming in the spring, the place is always good to be seen.
Budapest, the capital of Hungary and the main political, industrial, commercial and transport center of the country. This is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it has many attractions.
What determines this pearl of the Danube as beautiful and because of which they are rightly nicknamed Paris of Eastern Europe are certainly bridges connecting two sides of the city, squares, wide avenues, large parks, old buildings on both sides of the river and a harmonious blend of architectural styles
Where is Budapest?
Budim and Pesta, two cities are merged into one unit. One on the hill, and the other on the lowlands. On the Buda side, it is easiest to reach the Budavári Sikló, which brings you to Várhegy, a part of the UNESCO-protected city, known as the hill where the Buda Castle (Buda Castle) is located, it is the Royal Palace.
What to see and do in Budapest?
Chain Bridge, (Széchenyi Chain Bridge) is one of the most recognizable symbols of Budapest, and also the first permanent bridge between Buda and Pešt. Namely, these two parts of todays main Hungarian city have for centuries been linked only to the Ponton Bridge.
The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) is the most famous symbol of Budapest. That huge building is the third largest parliament in the world and others in Europe, just beyond Bucharest.
Fishermen’s Fortress is the place with probably the most beautiful view of Budapest. It consists of seven towers, and the works were completed in 1902. Each tower is represented by one Hungarian tribe, which moved to Hungary at the end of the 9th century and which actually created the Hungarian nation.
Hero Square is probably the most impressive square in Budapest. It is located at the end of the Andrassy Avenue, often called Avenue of Culture. Due to the numerous cultural sights in it, including the most famous Opera.
Basilica of St. Stephen is the largest church in the city. It is located on the St. Stephen’s Square. It can accommodate about 8,000 prayers. The Hungarians often call it bacilicas, because of the significance of the largest church in the whole country.
The Synagogue, The Great Synagogue of the Dohány Street (Dohány Street Synagogue, Astoria Underground), can accommodate about 3000 prayers. It is the largest European synagogue and the other in the world, just behind New York.
A very interesting attraction is the Vajdahunyad Castle, which is a replica of Romanian castles. This building was not really in the past, because it was made of cardboard and boards at the celebration of the Millennium Ceremony at the beginning of the last century. Because of its interesting appearance, at the request of the inhabitants of Budapest, it was decided that the castle should be fully built.
Do you want to visit the museums in Budapest?
In the center of the town there are two important museums – the Hungarian National Museum (Museum of the Hungarian National Museum, 14-1), built in a neoclassical style building, and the Holocaust Memorial Center (Holocaust Museum and Documentation Center, Páva utca 39).
Do you like nature?
The unmistakable point of the tour of the Hungarian capital is Gellert Hill, which gives you an extraordinary panoramic view of the city.
For a magical experience of Budapest, inevitable is the ‘magical island’ of Margitsziget, situated between Buda and Pest, on the Danube and is 2.5 km long. The island is the most famous recreational zone in Budapest, with a multitude of parks, gardens and tourist attractions such as a music fountain and water tower, a small Japanese garden with a thermal pond, a zoo, exotic waterfalls.
What and where to eat in Budapest?
If you were not in any of Budapest’s and all over Hungary’s chambers, you did not even visit that country. Hungary is famous for its excellent food, and to its wines. Traditional places to try out the local gastronomic offer are Chardons, some of which have a long and several-year history. You can try goulash, paprika or river fish prepared by special recipes, after which you can dine deserts and enjoy the glass of traditional Tokaj wine. On the chardas you will see how Hungarians are a temperamental nation.
Tokaji is the most famous Hungarian wine that even French king Ludvig XIV called the ‘King of Wine and the Wine of the Kings’.
Hungarians are famous for spicy food, and one of the main ingredients is the hot red pepper. Those who are obliged to go to Budapest for the first time must try the famous Hungarian goulash, which is a mixture of beef and vegetables.
Also, be sure to try the most delicious Kurtos cake, Rigo janci or Samloi galuska cake.
Are you a shopping lover?
Budapest has made numerous shopping centers in the past 10 years, and some of them are among the largest in Central Europe.
The largest of them, the Arena Plaza Shopping Center is located right next to the Keleti Railway Station. WestEnd City Center is the second largest place to buy, located in Vaci utca. On the other side of the Danube, in Buda, there are Mammoths, two shopping centers located next to the busiest Budim Square – Moskva Square.
Since Budapest lacked a street where big names of the fashion industry would be located, there has recently been a reconstruction of Deák Ferenc Street and Fashion Street, a 150-meter-long high fashion street!
Nightlife in Budapest
Budapest is a city of very rich nightlife and offers something for everyone.
There are many places for jazz and blues enthusiasts, especially among the tourists the favorite is Fat Mo’s. Budapest is inevitably linked to the Danube, so even when it comes to nightlife. There are clubs on the boats, and one of the most famous is A38. There is a whole island on Danube dedicated to fun, the so-called Shipyard Ship.
Budapest is the city that was created for walking, so get the best out of the center and then go to the big boulevards and admire the architecture. Do not forget to look up because many interesting details are not in sight of eyes.In Budapest as many times as you come, you can find something that you have not seen, a place you have not visited or an adventure you did not go to.
Walk around and enjoy Budapest.
As usual at the end, here are 10 sentences for communication:
- Hi! : Hello! – Szia! (plural: Sziasztok!) // Bye! – Viszontlátásra! (Viszlát! for short)
- What’s your name? – Hogy hívják? (no English sound as “gy”…)
- My name is… – … vagyok.
- Thank you! – Köszönöm! (“ö” pronounced as “i” in the word “sir”)
- You’re welcome! – Szívesen!
- I’m sorry – Sajnálom
- Yes- Igen // No- Nem
- Help me please! – Segítsen kérem! (“ts” pronounced as “ch” in “chocolate”)
- How much is it? – Mennyibe kerül?
- Do you speak English? – Beszél angolul? (if all the above fails you)