I can now see why Budapest is called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We were in Budapest for a long weekend and we all totally fell in love with the city, the only thing we regret is that we didn’t have more time to explore.
We were very impressed with Budapest’s laid back, yet dynamic atmosphere, the city’s dashing, edgy contrasts, friendly people (that, I already knew) and glittery skyline along the banks of Danube.
We stayed in an Airbnb right by the St. Stephen’s Basilica and the location could not have been better for our weekend visit. The house was wonderful, so clean and fresh and our host Jannis was lovely. Simply, just one of those perfect experiences Airbnb can offer.
St. Stephen’s Basilica (1905)
GOOD TO KNOW
Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities until 1873 and they retain their own distinct identities. Conservative Buda and cosmopolitan Pest make this sophisticated capital one of the most beautiful cities. It is also a top destination for therapeutic spas.
Population: city 1,759,407 – metropolitan area 3,303,786
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Climate: Humid continental. Budapest has as much summer sunshine as most of Mediterranean and during winters snowfall is fairly frequent in most years, and nighttime temperatures of −15 °C (5 °F).
Hello – Szia
Thank you – Köszönöm
Liberty Bridge (1896)
Budapest is rather compact and walkable in the main city area. However, in some cases, it may be more useful to use Budapest’s excellent public transportation system that is efficient, inexpensive and connects to all of the major tourist areas. The system consists of a combination of the bus, trolley-bus, tram, metro, and train lines and is streamlined so that tickets for all of them can generally be purchased at the same locations. We mainly moved around by foot and taxi. Taxis in Budapest are reasonably priced and easy to use – we used Fotaxi app for booking, works similar to Uber except that you can pay in cash as well.
Chain Bridge (1849)
I highly recommend taking a walk across the Chain Bridge, the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest.
After walking across the bridge, ride the historical funicular up to Castle Hill.
Gulyás (Goulash) – the national dish of Hungary is traditionally a stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Simply delicious.
Kurtos Kalacs “Chimney Cakes” – sold on street corners. The baked cylindrical shaped cakes are sprinkled with caramelized sugar and other flavourings like vanilla, chocolate, coconut and cinnamon, and often then topped off with almonds or walnuts.
Pálinka, a local fruit brandy. Bull’s Blood of Eger or Egri Bikavér – Hungary’s most famous wine.
Ajka Crystal – colourful, handmade crystal products.
Rubik’s Cube – the original inventor Ernő Rubik was Hungarian.
Hungarian Paprika – grown in Hungary, the peppers are dried, ground up and sold in stores all around Budapest.
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
Thermal baths are a must when you’re visiting Budapest. We spent a day at Széchenyi thermal baths and it was so fun and relaxing.
Café culture thrives in Budapest. I think we chose the most dazzling of all of the cafes, the New York Salon cafe, where we enjoyed cakes, coffee and tea. The New York Café, on the side of The Boscolo Hotel, was re-opened in 2006, but the history of the building dates back more than a century. The queue was quite long and the place is clearly popular with tourists.
NEW YORK SALON – BUDAPEST
1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11. | +36-1-8866-167 | website
We are so pleased we were able to witness Budapest’s beauty with sunny skies, good friends and a relaxed schedule. All of us want to return to Budapest for more!
I have a couple of other posts from Budapest that you can check out.
Most gorgeous little gelato shop, Gelarto Rosa, that creates tasty art with ice-cream.
Read about Budapest’s most delicious and healthy all-day breakfast spot, Szimply.