Budapest is the capital of Hungary and is made up of the union of two cities, Buda and Pest, which are separated by the Danube River. Also known as the pearl of the Danube, this city is surrounded by historical monuments and imposing buildings such as the Parliament and the Chain Bridge, as well as well-kept parks, historic cafes and fantastic spas.
We will give you a guide to the most important sites that the city offers you, so that if you visit it, do not miss these experiences.
The Parliament is one of the emblematic sites of the city that impresses with its neo-Gothic façade, its interior is decorated with marble and gold, its most outstanding sites being the main staircase, the Old Upper Chamber and where the crown of Saint Stephen is kept ( his most precious treasure) which is in the Dome Room.
Leaving the parliament you can go to see the monument Shoes on the Danube, which was built in memory of the Jews killed during the Second World War.
The Chain Bridge is one of the most beautiful in the world, presided over by two lions and unites the Buda and Pest districts. You can get the best views of the bridge from the bank of the Pest where there is a place with benches to sit, if you go at night you can see the Buda castle and the illuminated bridge, it is quite an experience.
The Vaci Utca pedestrian street is the most popular and commercial in the city, it begins in the beautiful Vorosmarty square where you will always see a good atmosphere and several places to have a drink. You can also buy a cupcake at the famous Gerbeaud Patisserie and browse the shops until you reach the Central Market, which is the largest covered market in Hungary and has plenty of stalls selling fresh local produce.
At sunset you can go to see the sunset on the Liberty Bridge, where you will have one of the best views of the Danube.
Crossing the Liberty Bridge you will arrive at the Gellert Hotel and its spa is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. It is impressive to see its spectacular swimming pool surrounded by statues and marble columns in the classic style. In addition to the pool you can enjoy its thermal baths, saunas and massages.
The Café Central was a meeting place for writers, poets and intellectuals and its decoration recalls those golden times at the beginning of the 20th century, where you can order a coffee or a chocolate accompanied by a delicious cake.
Inside the Boscolo Budapest hotel is another of the most beautiful historic cafes called New York Café, although it is true that the cafe is excessively expensive, it is worth going in to see the decoration with large lamps and frescoes that will transport you to the luxury of times past.
The Jewish quarter was the former ghetto where the Jewish community was kept in deplorable conditions during the Nazi occupation. The Great Synagogue of Budapest is the most important site in the neighborhood, being the second largest synagogue in the world, just behind it is the Tree of Life where thousands of leaves hang that contain the names of the Jews killed in World War II.
The ruins bars are sites abandoned during the Nazi occupation and these ruins were rented or bought by young people, transforming them with recycled materials and obtaining a completely original decoration.
The Ruin Bar Koleves is one of the best places to taste typical Hungarian dishes such as knuckle, duck or the famous goulash. The other most famous are the Dürer Kert, the Mazel Tov, the Instant and the Szimpla Kert which was a pioneer and is the most famous of the ruin bars.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
The Basilica of Saint Stephen is a huge neoclassical-style temple with a capacity of up to 8,500 people, it is dedicated to the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen, and inside you can see the right hand of the king that is kept as a relic, numerous works of art and the largest bell in the country. We recommend taking the elevator up to the south tower for excellent views of the city.
The iconic Opera House is housed in a neo-Renaissance building that stands out for its beautiful façade that contains 16 sculptures of the most important composers and musicians in the country. Inside it is decorated with works of art and period furniture. A good option is to buy a ticket and get to see an opera or ballet show, so you can fully enjoy all its magnificence.
Andrassy Avenue joins the Heroes’ Square with the center and this road of approximately 2 and a half km was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for its beautiful facades and its Renaissance palaces, it stands out especially for the Drechsler Palace.
Walking along the avenue you will find luxurious shops and the interesting House of Terror, to finish in the Heroes’ Square, with its seven equestrian statues and a column with the statue of the Archangel Gabriel.
Varosliget Park is located at the back of Heroes’ Square, being the most important in Budapest. You can take walks through its quiet paths surrounded by nature, skate on the ice rink (only in winter), rent a boat to travel on the lake or visit any of its interesting places such as the Vajdahunyad Castle, the Statue of the Anonymous and the Varosliget Coffee.
The Széchenyi Spa is also located in the Varosliget Park and is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe. You can enjoy three huge outdoor swimming pools in this neo-Gothic-style thermal complex and it is very curious in winter, when the cold air mixes with the hot water. Inside there are another 12 swimming pools and massage rooms, where you can spend a relaxing and pleasant time.
You can go up by funicular or on foot to the Buddha Castle, it was built in the 14th century and inside is the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Széchenyi Library. In the event that you go up by funicular, the recommendation is to go down on foot to enjoy fantastic views of the Chain Bridge, the picturesque alleys and the shops that surround it.
Budapest an interesting city to know and visit!