Famously dubbed as the Paris of Central Europe, Budapest is a beautiful city filled with activities for every kind of traveler. Budapest has the right balance of culture, beautiful architecture and nightlife to keep anyone entertained for a few days. Here are 5 reasons why you need to visit Budapest:
Budapest is an UNSECO world heritage site and a visit to its stunning city reaffirms its UNESCO status. The city is full of beautiful and historical landmarks – making Budapest a very nice city to walk in. Be sure to join an informative (and free!) walking tour, so that not only do you get to see all of Budapest, but so that you would also be aware of its history and the many stories that come with the city. Furthermore, Budapest has a unique combination of architectural styles – particularly notable are its Neo gothic buildings and Baroque styled cathedrals. The Buda Castle is one of the more popular attractions in the city and it is obvious why, the sweeping castle ground is unique to Budapest and is quite a sight to take in. After a long day of walking and sightseeing, be sure to end your day by strolling down the majestic Danube River for sunning night views of the cityscape.
2. Ruins Pubs
Almost ubiquitous with Hungarian youth culture are Budapest’s Ruin Pubs, which are essentially bars that move into vacant buildings and run down spaces in the city. Budapest is littered with Ruin Pubs – there is even a Ruin Pub Crawl that every traveler must check out! These pubs are unique because of their differing characters and varying combination of clientele that makes visiting each pub a experience. Be sure to end your day of sightseeing with a nice evening out in a historical Ruin pub in Budapest.
3. Roman Baths
After a full day of walking and a night out in the city, your tired muscles need to be relaxed. What would a holiday be without an idle day of doing nothing? Hungary is known for its natural thermal spots and Budapest has several thermal bathing complexes. These bathing complexes are historical and bear Roman influences. Enjoy the naturally heated waters while taking in the beautiful interiors of these baths. A visit to Budapest would not be complete without heading down to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths (Állatkerti körút 9-11, 1146 Budapest) – one of the largest thermal bath complexes in Europe. Enjoy both the indoor and outdoor bathing areas!
4. Hungarian Food
Hungary is renowned globally for its spicy and rich cuisine. Budapest would be an ideal place to sample delicious Hungarian food. Hungarian food is not limited to just it’s Beef Goulash – there are various assortments of stews and spiced main dishes (Paprika Chicken) to sample! A nice restaurant in Budapest that is popular with the locals is Frici Papa Kifőzdéje (Király utca 55, 1077 Budapest), its serves amazing Hungarian food in a cozy environment and at a very affordable price too.
5. Exchange Rate
Lastly, Budapest is an ideal city to tour not only because it has amazing food or beautiful buildings – but because of it’s favorable exchange rates (AUD $1 yields about 215 Hungarian Forints). This makes enjoying the city very affordable and perfect for the budget traveler!
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