Must-see checklist for Budapest
So just what it is about Budapest that makes it my favourite city without a second thought? It’s known as the Paris of the East but with the Danube splitting Buda from Pest, incredibly elegant architecture, and sophisticated scene. Budapest is far less expensive than Paris and my family enjoy the variety of activities on offer. Having recently purchased a home in Budapest I have complied a ‘Must See’ check-list for those thinking about visiting this truly beautiful city.
1. Soak in the thermal Baths
One of the last remnants of the Turkish influence in Hungary, a visit to the thermal baths is a quintessential Budapest experience. Budapest holds the title “City of Spas” as it has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world.
2. Take a Danube River Cruise
Budapest is beautiful by day, but absolutely stunning by night as the buildings lining the banks of the Danube twinkle and reflect on the dark waters.
3. Walk Across the Chain Bridge
Built from a design by British engineer William Tierney Clark in the 1840s, it’s one of the world’s earliest suspension bridges and it was the first bridge to permanently connect the medieval hills of Buda with Pest. Its smaller sister bridge can be found crossing the Thames in Marlow.
4. Fisherman’s Bastion
The neo-Gothic terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion is located in Buda on Castle Hill and provides unrivalled panoramic views of the city of Pest.
5. Shop at the Central Market Hall
Built in the 19th century, the Central Market Hall is the largest indoor market in Budapest and the focus is on typical Hungarian products.
6. Try a Traditional Hungarian Dish
Take the time to sample some local dishes such as meat-heavy goulash and fresh-water fish such as carp and perch. I recommend a visit to Cafe Pierrot located in the mediaeval Castle District of Buda for an exceptional dining experience.
Tick off these tourist attractions when planning your city break itinerary
St Stephen’s Basilica
Situated in Pest, with every internal square inch embellished in gold leaf or marble it’s an imposing domed building packed with religious artefacts and art.
Hungarian Parliament Building
The enormous Hungarian Parliament Building sits on the bank of the River Danube. Modelled on our own Parliament but larger, you can take a tour around the impressive rooms and halls
Dohány Street Synagogue
Budapest’s ornate Great Synagogue is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world outside New York City. Margaret Island
Located on a 2.5 km-long central Island on the Danube, the historical Margaret Island is a leafy, shady relief from the city of Budapest. Easy to access on foot and complete with an outdoor summer thermal spa, and swimming pools.
I have put together these great offers to tempt you to visit Budapest from late September onwards. Prices are for 2 people sharing, not per person.
Stay in the 4* City Centre Astoria for 3 nights, including flights, arrival transfer and breakfast for ONLY £462*
Or upgrade to the best hotel, as voted by Trip advisor, Hotel Palazzo Zichy for £562*
*Subject to availability at time of booking
By Mike Prior Director at Scott’s Travel, Southgate. 3 Broadway, N14 6PJ
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