Budapest is a living proof of the cliché two become one, as dramatic and romantic as it may sounds, but it’s true to its nature. It is known as the Paris of the East, and a united city of the two cities Buda and Pest, and home to the greatest sites in Hungary thus, to list down top 10 things to do in this lovely town can be tough but here it goes:
Visit Fisherman’s Bastion
This high and well-fortified castle is built from 1895 to 1902 by the fishermen guild during Middle Ages. It is open for free public sightseeing all year round , so you can definitely enjoy the white walled great archducal structure, with its huge fortress overlooking the Danube river. It consists of 7 turrets which stand for the 7 Hungarian tribes who established Hungary in 895, its strong ancient whimsical ambiance feels like you travel back in fine medieval times and good news, it is now a part of Buda Castle tour packages for some enjoyable castle hunting.
Hike in Citadella
This enormous historic fascinating site displays all the wonders of Budapest which makes it a very famous tourist destination. Once you reached the peak of the Citadella, it’s definitely worth all the sweats and efforts of climbing the upward hills . It houses these allegorical statues: A woman carrying a torch, representing progress; a man fighting a five-headed dragon symbolising the struggle against the forces of evil, and a 14-meter statue of a woman holding a palm leaf with both hands up to the sky also called, the Liberty Statue. There is also a must see secret corner in Gellért Hill as you wander around the Citadella, it is known as the Garden of Philosophy where famous statues meet to symbolize the confluence and continuing development of human culture.
Be wild about the Chain Bridge
It is known as the most photographed attractions on the Danube River with its lion image abutments, and the stunning view of the Danube River . The picturesque bridge is a great location for taking wonderful photos and capturing a panorama of the whole city . Most of all, it is the bridge that united the castle hill towers, Buda and the river side, Pest to become one Budapest city in 1873 which makes it very easy to access the beautiful historical sites on both places and let you savour its history while strolling on the bridge.
Flip over Buda Castle Hill Funicular
The Buda Castle Funicular is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1987 and the easiest ride you can book to save your energy from hiking up to see the amazing Buda Castle. It is mostly open everyday from 7:30 am to 10pm eastern european time, and you can arrange a Buda castle tour with a funicular ride online at Buda Castle Tour with a Funicular ride. It’s also a great way to slowly relish the beauty of Budapest in a cable car ride.
Be bias-free in Hungarian Parliament Building
After 17 years of construction, this parliament building becomes Hungary’s largest and tallest superstructure and the world’s third largest parliament building. Standing still on the banks of the Danube river as an eyewitness through two world wars, it’s absolutely rich in history to Hungary’s most pivotal moments over the last 200 years. Even more, it emits glorious lights at night overlooking the Danube River, a perfectly must see charming luminescences in Budapest.
Take a walk at the Danube Promenade
Take some chill time to walk and to retrace the history of Budapest in the Danube Promenade. The Danube embankment itself is a UNESCO world heritage site and along the seafront, lies the memorial known as Shoes on the Danube Bank which stands as a keepsake of Arrow Cross terror in WWII when 3,500 people, 800 of them Jews, were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. Tourists and visitors often lit candles on the shoes statues to express their sympathy on this tragic event.
Get to know Hungary’s first king at St. Stephen’s Basilica
It is the largest church in Budapest which is devoted to Hungary’s first king, St. Stephen. It has Hungary’s most sacred treasure known as the Szent Jobb (Holy Right Hand), which is the mummified right hand of St. Stephen. The admission is free but there is a customary donation of one euro. This basilica is situated in a very wonderful Deák Ferenc Square or Arany János street, where you can see most of Hungarian cultures through local cuisines and street traditions. It’s the best street for hungry tourists, food trips and even just for drinks.
Bask in the steamy Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Also known as the city of baths for many centuries, Budapest houses many spa baths with its famous biggest green park, Szechenyi Spa Baths that is very near in the city park of Budapest. There are various alluring building spa designs for both natural and medicinal beneficial effects, so you can put it in the latter part of your itinerary to make sure you will feel revive when you come back from holiday.
Revel in Boat Party along Danube River
Loosen up a bit in the magnificent night view of Budapest in an open deck with bunches of people just living in the moment and the Parliament Building lightning up fascinatingly from the Danube river, while Budapest best local DJ talents are hyping up the energy with their party music. There are a lot of boat party cruise events in Budapest with various package inclusions to fit in your likes but one thing for sure, it’s definitely one of the things that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Budapest.
Live it up in Budapest Ruin Bars pub crawl
It is located in Budapest Old District VII neighbourhood where the remains of the World War II ruins are abandoned and converted into an underground bar scene. The pioneer Budapest ruin bar, is the Szimpla Kert where all the rooms have a diverse theme with an in house pizza place for late snacks after party. Instant is an apartment building turned into the biggest ruin bar in the city, they broke down the walls to connect the apartment rooms to make space for DJs and dancing for its clubby vibes . Fogasház is known as the house of teeth as it is believed to be a dentist’s office before WWII, it often hosts exhibits and also known as the hipster’s paradise. Corvin Teto specializes in electronic music and it is popular because of its huge rooftop terrace, placed on top of a supermarket, where you can see a wider view of Budapest at night. Doboz is like a “real bar” as it is more up beat and trendy than the other bars, there are two rooms red and blue, and they have many variety of dance music. These are just the famous and few of the many ruin bars popping in Budapest so the rest is up to you to discover.