Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is actually made up of three unified cities, with Buda and Óbuda on the west bank of the Danube and Pest on the east bank. Much of the city has received UNESCO World Heritage status, and many visitors consider the city to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The city successfully combines its fascinating history with a bright and relaxed contemporary artistic style. There is a wide variety of different things for visitors to see and do, from museums to thermal spas, so that everyone can find something that pleases their imagination.
It was a fact that #ESTOTVTOURNEE would research what they have to do in the city and would do it Diana, Arilton & Torrego without a doubt if they went down the streets of the city to which they were more than delighted and surprised by the eclectic of the City of Budapest.
The Hungarian parliament building, designed and built in the Renaissance Gothic style, is one of the largest buildings in Hungary and houses hundreds of parliamentary offices. Although the impressive building looks fantastic from all angles, to see the whole building in all its glory, it is worth seeing it on the other side of the Danube in a nutshell on the Buddha’s side !!
One of the largest spas in the city is the Gellert Bath and Spa center, which includes an outdoor pool (which turns into a wave pool), an effervescent pool, a Finnish sauna and a series of other saunas and plunge pools.
Massages and other spa treatments are also available for an extra fee. The complex was originally built between 1912 and 1918 in an Art Nouveau style, but suffered serious damage during World War II. The entire spa was extensively renovated in 2008 to bring the baths back to their former glory. The baths are open all week for mixed baths.
But ESTOTVTOURNEE was more than amazed by the Széchenyi bath complex, which is Europe’s largest “medicinal” bath center.
In this open-air Spa, the entire team was perplexed by the beauty of the architecture as well as the incredible variety of swimming pools heated to over 40º phew that is really hot !!
The waters are rich in sulfates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and fluoride, which are believed to help patients with degenerative joint disease and other medical problems.
For those who just want to take advantage of the relaxing powers of the thermal pools, there are a variety of different thermal pools on site, as well as saunas and steam baths.
Massages and beauty treatments are also available for an additional fee.
The two outdoor pools are fantastic places to visit on a cold, dark night, as the steam rising from the hot water makes the whole place look wonderfully mysterious.
This stretch of the Danube walkway runs from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge and is perfect for those who want a short but interesting walk. Strolling the Danube is a great way to see many of the capital’s most famous sights.
Looking to the river side in Buda, you will see the Buda Castle, the Statue of Liberty on Gellert Hill and the Fisherman’s Bastion. On the River Promenade side, you can enjoy restaurants, cafés, Szechenyi Istvan Square and a variety of different sculptures, including the Little Princess.
Casa do Terror organizes exhibitions on the successive fascist and communist regimes that ruled Hungary during the 20th century. The building itself was the former headquarters of the Fascist Party of the Cross of the Arrow, and the building was later used as a place of arrest and torture by the Hungarian State Security services.
There is an opportunity to visit some areas of the prison in the basement. The exhibition includes information on both regimes, as well as testimonies from some of the victims. In addition to exhibitions on fascist and communist “security services”, the building usually houses other temporary exhibitions.
This historic winery, located below the Buda Castle, is the perfect place to taste wines from some of the 22 Hungarian wine regions. You will also have the opportunity to try the traditional Hungarian fruit palinka. A sommelier will provide tasting notes during your visit, so you can get the most out of each wine you try.
The fantastic flea market on the outskirts of the city is a great place to find a bargain. It is possible to pick up a variety of different treasures from here, although you may have to look in tents full of things you consider rubbish to find them.
Even if you are not thinking of buying anything, it is still possible to stroll for hours between the tents, dreaming of the former owners of all this bric-à-brac. Tents sell everything from retro clothing to souvenirs from the communist era.
Bargaining is recommended, although you should pay a little more if you are not a local.
Here the team went crazy making purchases, spices, original Hungarian handicrafts as well as meeting an extraordinary girl who, in addition to Hungarian, spoke Spanish, English and Italian as soon as the conversation was very fluid and delicious … The Great Market Hall, in the center of Budapest, it is the most famous market in Budapest.
While many residents still use the market as a place to buy their purchases, the market is also incredibly popular with tourists.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables and locally sourced meats are found on the lower floors, and souvenirs, including lace, chess sets and leather goods, are available on the upper floors.
In addition to individual ingredients, you can buy local homemade delicacies, such as goulash and strawberries, at the food stall upstairs.
The Citadel, which sits atop Gellert Hill, was built by the Habsburgs after the failed Hungarian War of Independence.
It is thought that its main strategic position would facilitate the control of Buddha and Pest, should future uprisings occur.
Troops were stationed at the Citadel until 1897. Soviet forces once again used the fortress to control the city during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and the tanks that were there were fired at the city.
There is a common misconception that Budapest is a cheap city to live or visit as a tourist. … The fact is that the city is still quite accessible in terms of accommodation, food, admission to museums and other tourist sites, although it is true that commodity prices and apartment rental rates have increased in recent years, before to travel research all points of interest so that you get to know most of the city that you will undoubtedly love as much as our #ESTOTVTOURNEE team.