Traveling can be tiring sometimes, especially when you need to endure long haul flights and long hour bus rides. Thank goodness with Europe, most countries are pretty much situated near each other, so you can pretty much visit several countries in a single trip. That’s what I did with my Eastern-Europe Itinerary, I visited Krakow in Poland, Budapest in Hungary, Vienna in Austria, Bratislava in Slovakia and Prague in the Czech Republic in a single trip. But in this article, I will be discussing mainly about Budapest.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary, a country landlocked by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine to the northeast, Austria to the northwest, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, and Slovenia to the west.
I arrived in Budapest from Krakow in Poland. It took roughly around seven hours to get here through bus. Quite long but it was all worth it when the site of Budapest has appeared from afar. And upon reaching the center, all I can say is that it’s one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe.
Before, there were two cities in Budapest, mainly Buda and Pest, they are basically located on opposite sides of the Danube River. But then they decided to merge the two cities into one and then they decided to just join the name of the two cities together. Hence, it’s called Budapest.
There are lots of things which Budapest is famous for, but often times, people come here to experience Budapest’s public Baths. They have what they called ‘SPArty’ here, which basically means ‘Party in a Spa’. So you can pretty much go to a rave party in a Spa in Budapest. Well, you know what they say, only in Budapest!
Below are compilation of some of the best places which I visited when I was in Budapest.
Top Things to Do and See In Budapest
The Hungarian Parliament is Budapest’s famous landmark. It is one of the most iconic structures in the city. The parliament is situated in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city and on the banks of the Danube. Aside from being an icon, It is also one of the most picturesque landmarks in the city.
The view of the parliament from the other side of the Danube River is basically a view to die for, especially during sunset- it’s just freakin’ gorgeous, so if you’re in Budapest or if you’re planning to visit this beautiful city, make sure to include this in your to-do list.
Margaret Island is an island in the Danube River. It is a tranquil getaway within the city. Here you can see the ruins of a 13th-century Dominican convent, a musical fountain and a small zoo. Other attractions include jogging tracks, thermal spas and swimming pools. You can also experience a great view of the Hungarian Parliament from here. During the warm months, there are pop-up bars and restaurants, as well as live music to enjoy when visiting the island. Definitely one of the must-go places when in Budapest.
Margaret Bridge or Margit híd is a three-way bridge in Budapest, Hungary, connecting Buda and Pest across the Danube and linking Margaret Island to the banks. It is the second-northernmost and second-oldest public bridge in Budapest. -reference: Wikipedia
One of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven chieftains of the Magyars and other important Hungarian national leaders, as well as the Memorial Stone of Heroes, often erroneously referred as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Budapest’s city park is located just after the Heroes Square. It is basically a place where everyone can find something to do. For me, I kinda enjoyed sitting on one of the benches here and just watch the duck swim on the pond.
My favorite place in Budapest. The Budapest Zoo is the oldest zoo in Hungary and one of the oldest in the world. It has over one-thousand animal species and is located within the city centre, which is unusual for a zoo. The zoo opened its doors on 9 August 1866.
Often referred to as the tourist street. The Vaci Street is one of the most famous street in Budapest. It features a large number of restaurants and shops catering primarily to the tourist market. The best place to go when you plan to buy a few items for souvenirs.
In my opinion, I think this is Budapest’s most beautiful bridge. Come here during the night to see what I’m talking about. For photographers, make sure to bring your tripod with you-this is basically one of the best spots to do some long-exposure photography in the city.
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