Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the largest city and the capital of Hungary and the Danube cuts it in two. The present city was created in 1873 by the merger of Buda, Pest and Obuda. It is often called the Pearl of the Danube and is considered one of the most beautiful European cities with the district of Buda Castle, the Andrassy Avenue and the Millenarian Metropolitan which are world heritage of UNESCO. It is a city with several theaters, cinemas, museums, many of which are in historical buildings such as the Museum of Decorative Arts in a Secession building or the Hungarian National Gallery or the Historical Museum from Budapest who are at Buda Castle. There is also the House of Terror located in the old premises of the Gestapo. Among the legacies of the Viennese influence, Budapest has several restaurants, cafes, tea rooms and pastry shops, some located on the boats at the river dock. Budapest is also recognized as a spa town with baths frequented by tourists and several places offer pools and rooms for medical treatment (rheumatism, arthritis). To see: the Chain Bridge, the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Holy Trinity Square; Varosliget (large park with several attractions in like a zoo and a botanical garden); the St. Anthony of Padua Church, the Budapest Historical Museum; the troglodyte church of Our Lady of Hungarians, among others.

Tips

There is a funicular that joins the Vár (castle) and the old town of Buda.

If you are there on a Sunday morning, take the opportunity to visit the peasant market that takes place in the walls of Szimpla Kert.

If you like flea markets, you can visit Ecseri which is in the southern outskirts of the capital. This is well known because you can find relics of the Third Reich or objects of Soviet propaganda among other traditional Hungarian items.

August 20th is commemorated the foundation of the Hungarian state and on this occasion there is a medieval market at Buda Castle.

To cross the Danube, you will find river shuttles.