During my first visit to Budapest I didn’t have so much time to explore the whole city like I wanted to.
But in this first part I will talk about the things I saw then and what I did there. In near future I’m planing to visit it again, so you’re better be prepared to some new tips about this Dunav queen.
So, folks let’s go to Budapest! 🙂
One of those “you must see” cities. An example of a city that proudly carries the costume of it’s history full of great events, achievements and rulers. The former capital of the Hungarian kingdom became a unique city by unification of Buda and Pest in 1873 on the opposite sides of the Dunav.
On the Buda side, there is a cable car to the part of the city under the protection of UNESCO because it houses the Buda Castle (Royal Palace). Close to the castle lies the Matijaša church, the crowning place of favorite Queen Sissi.
From this height, you can enjoy fantastic views of the Danube, the entire royal palace, the Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) and other numerous bridges on the Danube. Budapest in some segments and parts of the city reminds a little of Zagreb’s upper part of the city as all of them were part of the great Habsburg Empire.
Although the city of Budapest was created for hiking and walking, if you don’t have the privilege of staying in town for a few days, sit on some of the tourist buses or use the underground to get to the left of the Dunav as soon as possible.
Immediately after leaving the Peštan side, you can’t miss a wonderful example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Parliament building which, unlike other buildings of this type, European Parliaments, is open to tourists, you just have to take care of the time for the ticket.
After that, take a leisurely stroll (you can also find the yellow tram) along the Dunav towards the center of Pešta because there is still plenty to see. Budim and Pešta are connected by beautiful bridges, with a total of nine, although Lanterns are the most famous, the most beautiful and are linked by numerous legends that make it even more attractive. One of them is to say that the bridge will collapse if a Hungarian is crossing the bridge that is faithful to it’s husband.
In this “god” tour of famous buildings, museums and churches, make sure to come to Square Hero – the most impassable square in Budapest, located at the end of Avenija Andrassy. Due to the large amount of cultural sights and buildings, it’s often called the Avenija Kultura.
It’s dominated by a Millennium Monument, featuring statues of 7 tribal leaders and many historical personalities such as King Stjepan, Bela IV, Matijaš Korvin and Lajos Košut. The central part of the entire monument occupies a 40 – meter high column on top of which is the statue of Archangel Gabriel. Really impressive. Simply, you have to see.
That not all would be just culture and history, Budapest boasts it’s great offer of evening outings, clubbing and pubs and restaurants. The street containing a large number of pubs, pubs and restaurants is Vaci where among other things there is also a number of souvenir shops, various pastry shops with local delicacies and shops.
In the night hours I recommend to take a boat ride at the Dunav with the glass of Champagne with a lovely melody “On the beautiful blue Dunav”.
The Citadella is the fortification located upon the top of Gellért Hill. Citadella is the Hungarian word for citadel, a kind of fortress. The word is exclusively used by other languages to refer to the Gellért Hill citadel which occupies a place which held strategic importance in Budapest’s military history.
Sea Park Tropicarum
During our stay at Budapest we also went to the Sea Park Tropicarum, which is the biggest one and it’s located in a shopping center. There is also an aquarium with 1.4 milion of liters with salt water where you can see 8 sharks.
The diamond factory
Or next station was the diamond factory (that’s how is goes when two womans are traveling).
In the factory is over 8,000 pieces of jewelery, a museum with a presentation of jewelry from Hungarian history, a spectacular film about diamonds, an exhibition space for Hungarian artists.
For the end to our trip to Budapest we stopped by at Szentendre. Baroque art city, the most visited tourist center on the Dunav with many facilities.
After a little walk around the city we decided to take a look and explore what that little city has to offer.
Szentendre Marcipan Museum
The workshops and knowledge of two great figures in the history of the Hungarian confectionery industry – Matyas Szamos and Karoly Szabo – were united here, in Szentendre, when the jointly operated shop opened it’s gates.
On the 1st floor, the Marzipan Museum awaits it’s visitors with a rich exhibition material, while on the ground floor our pastries can be purchased. Apart from marzipan products, we also offer quality Hungarian wines, Tokay, brandies, paprika, salami, goose liver, Unicum, and ice-cream in the summer.
Where to eat?
In Szentendre I recommend you to eat on the streets and buy a food from locals. They’re preparing it in front of you and it’s really delicious. You won’t regret for sure! We took Langoš.
Langoš is a Hungarian food speciality, a deep fried dough. And on the top they put for you what ever you want. It’s also traditionally made in Vojvodina in Serbia, where it was introduced by the local Hungarians.
That would be all from Budapest for this time.
About my new adventures on streets of Budapest you’ll be able to read soon. 🙂