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Budapest • Top 10 • City of Baths

Budapest is one of the pearls of the Danube, and its magnificent history dates back to Roman times with the city and military post Aquincum, of which you can still see excavated remains. Since then, one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe has spread on both sides of the river. You may well rejoice.

You must go exploring in the hilly Buda district that rises in front of the flat Pest on the opposite side of the Danube. This is where the Royal Palace is located, and this is where you will find many hills with incomparable viewpoints and a feeling of being far away from a modern European capital. You also have to cross the bridges to Pest, which is an abundance of architectural elegance. One beautiful edifice replaces the other on almost every street.

Budapest is also a city where you can really enjoy life and do wellness for yourself with lots of pampering. The hot springs under the city are a special treat and very popular attraction, and perhaps the hot water is also your destination with the trip to the Hungarian capital. You can swim summer and winter, and between the dips you can go to the city’s fine cafes and restaurants and enjoy a nice time with goulash or other tasty dishes.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Budapest even better…

 

Budapest castle

1. Climb the hills to Buda Castle

There is often something exciting to go for at the top of a city, and it is also the case in Budapest. Or rather in the Buda part, because this is where all the hills are located. And the historical palace complex of Buda Castle is beautifully elevated above the Danube, and you can go up with a funicular railway from the river bank. In the castle you can enjoy the collections of the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum. But you should also go for a walk in the castle district, Várnegyed. You will see all the beautiful and architecturally varied houses, churches etc on your way.

2. Relax on Margaret Island

How about an island up to 500 meters/1,600 feet wide, which winds over 2.5 km/1.5 mile in the Danube river through Budapest? It is called Margaret Island, whose name comes from King Béla IV’s daughter, who was a nun on the island in the 13th century. This is not the case today, where you can just relax completely without going to a convent. Here are lawns and parks, and you can stroll in a nice Japanese garden. The view of the Danube is also good, and so is the island’s famous Art Nouveau water tower from 1911.

3. Taste a goulash in New York

Now they are called elegant Viennese cafes, but it might as well have been Budapest that had given them a name. Because you will find many wonderful places for everything from a cup of coffee to à la carte menus. Go back to bygone days from the beautiful era around the year 1900, where New York Café stands out as a place with fantastic settings and a wonderful atmosphere. Sit in here and give yourself all the time you need. Enjoy the beautiful columns and ceilings, and enjoy the menu with eg a Hungarian goulash as well. Or a Wiener schnitzel to get back to Vienna.

 

 

Budapest sailing

4. Enjoy the view to The Blue Danube

You can try performing Johann Strauss the Younger’s waltz, An der schönen blauen Donau, or you can take a boat trip on the river that runs through Budapest and divides the city into Buda and Pest districts. The boat trip is unforgettable, because on board you will see many of Budapest’s major sights such as the beautiful bridges over the Danube, Buda Castle and of course not least the unique Parliament. You can also consider taking a closer look at the neo-Gothic building when you are ashore again.

5. Ride the Children’s Railway

In 1948, the Children’s Railway opened in Budapest as the Pioneer Railway. There are 11.2 km/7 miles of track, where by far most functions are handled by children. This type of railway started in the Soviet Union, but the one in Budapest is the longest in the world. Use the railway to have a wonderful ride in the hills of Buda, and get off along the way and enjoy the many recreational areas such as Budapest’s highest point and the zoological garden. You can also combine the ride with the chairlift Libegő, which takes you through the forests in the area.

6. Hop on the continent’s oldest metro line

Subways are smart, and some of them are also beautiful and historically interesting. All three parts apply to line 1 in Budapest. You owe it to yourself to take a ride with it, and the architecture takes you back to 1896. In this year the stretch between Gizella tér (Vörösmarty tér) and Artézi fürdő (Széchenyi fürdő) was opened as the first metro line on the European continent. And it happened with beautiful stations where cast iron, rivets, tiles and wood were pervasive. Also remember to look at old carriages, etc. on Deák Ferenc tér Station.

 

 

Budapest thermal bath

7. Get warm in the Széchenyi Baths

Budapest is famous for the many springs that provide access to hot thermal baths in many places in the city. The water is lovely everywhere, but there are thermal baths, and then there are the Széchenyi baths. And you have to visit them, and that is a must both summer and winter. In the city park, the baths stands like a colossal baroque castle, where you are welcome inside. The large pools are located between the wings of the beautiful building, and you can jump into water that varies between 27-38°C/80-100°F, so it’s just about enjoying it.

8. Indulge the atmosphere of Andrássy út

Andrássy út is a magnificent boulevard that leads from the center of Pest to the park Városliget. The good thing is that you can experience almost everything along the boulevard. You can enjoy fine cafes and restaurants and go shopping. You can go to the theater and enjoy operas. You can visit museums, and you can also just enjoy the whole atmosphere and architecture with i.a. distinguished renaissance. And an absolute highlight is the end at the square, Hősök tere, where the city’s most impressive monument stands.

9. Visit the heros in Memento Park

Lenin, Marx and Engels were the international stars, while Béla Kun and other local communists were heroes as well. Such was the case in Hungary’s communist years from 1949-1989. And of course the people should know the heroes and their deeds, and it happened with many impressive statues, busts, slogans and monuments. You can get to know most of them in Memento Park, where many of the country’s statues are collected and put on display. Take a walk and enjoy the art that is not made like that in so many places anymore.

10. Become Roman for a Day

The Roman Empire was large, and the city of Aquincum was located in the northeastern corner of the province of Pannonia. It had nothing in common with Budapest other than its location on the Danube. But you can find remnants of the old city today, and that way you can get a taste of the city of the past. Take a seat at the ruins of amphitheaters in Obuda and visit the Aquincum Museum, where you can see many more ruins. For example, of the city’s baths. And you can see many archeological finds. Well, it is an interesting place and very close to the modern city center.

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Budapest is one of the pearls of the Danube, and its magnificent history dates back to Roman times with the city and military post Aquincum, of which you can still see excavated remains. Since then, one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe has spread on both sides of the river. You may well rejoice.

You must go exploring in the hilly Buda district that rises in front of the flat Pest on the opposite side of the Danube. This is where the Royal Palace is located, and this is where you will find many hills with incomparable viewpoints and a feeling of being far away from a modern European capital. You also have to cross the bridges to Pest, which is an abundance of architectural elegance. One beautiful edifice replaces the other on almost every street.

Budapest is also a city where you can really enjoy life and do wellness for yourself with lots of pampering. The hot springs under the city are a special treat and very popular attraction, and perhaps the hot water is also your destination with the trip to the Hungarian capital. You can swim summer and winter, and between the dips you can go to the city’s fine cafes and restaurants and enjoy a nice time with goulash or other tasty dishes.

Here are 10 things that can make your trip to Budapest even better…

Travel guide Budapest: vamados.dk/budapest

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