Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. Since 1993, Budapest has been hosting The Sziget Music Festival, one of Europe’s largest music and cultural festivals.
Budapest became a single city with the unification of Buda and Óbuda, on the west bank, with Pest, on the east bank. Budapest has 23 districts. Some of these are:
This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the 700-year-old Matthias Church, houses from the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace.
The Royal Palace is a blend of architectural styles. The original Gothic Palace was built in the 13th century and expanded for 300 years. In the 18th Century, the Habsburgs built a completely new, small Baroque palace. Reconstruction after 1848-49 War of Independence, revealed Gothic and Renaissance foundations that have been incorporated in the building during the works. Today the palace houses the Budapest History Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchenyi Library.
Bécsikaputér (Vienna Gate Square) is the only existing old town-gate.
Fishermen’s Bastion - Despite its name it's a look-out terrace. It has seven turrets, one for each of the Hungarian tribes. The design was inspired by the Far East.
Labyrinth in Buda Castle - Medieval architecture - travel back in time under the ground to see the magnificent royal palace of King Sigismund of Luxembourg and King Matthias as well as monuments from the era of the Turkish rule.
Wine Tasting in Buda Castle - Faust Wine Cellar - The vaulted cellar within the Hilton Hotel is a part of the underground labyrinth system.
Kapisztrán Square - On the corner of Kapisztrántér and Országházutca is the Maria Magdalene Tower which was a Franciscan church in medieval times. Behind the Maria Magdalen Tower is the Military Museum. Visit the room devoted to the 1956 Uprising and you'll find out everything important about those 13 chaotic days. The hand of the legendary Stalin Statue is here too.
The church is the largest monument after the Hungarian parliament building dominating the Pest side of the Danube.
Inside you can see one of Hungary's most treasured relics, the Holy Right hand of King St. Stephen.
The Great Synagogue of Budapest - This stunning temple was constructed between 1844-59, according to Ludwig Förster's plans. The second largest synagogue (the largest stands in New York) in the world can take in 3,000 people.
As a visitor you might consider using the following fare information:
Island of Budapest in 3 Days (Source: Tripomatic)
The food of Budapest is focused on the Hungarian diet. Some typical food items that you should try out while visiting Budapest are:
Some notable local restaurants in Budapest are:
Some of the well known pubs in Budapest are:
Hungarians normally leave tips when eating out, having a drink at a bar, or when using a taxi. Leaving the small change behind to round up to the nearest Euro is the most common.