Budapest Travel Guide - A Fun Alive City
June 11, 2019
by Ajita Mahajan
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, boasts of historical monuments, ancient thermal baths, gothic churches, and a very happening nightlife. I have created a personalized Budapest Travel Guide out of my own experience of touring the city. And I must say, 2 days are not sufficient to explore the city, but here’s how you can plan your itinerary to get the best out of it.
Dohany Street Synagogue
The largest synagogue in Europe, Dohany Street Synagogue has a capacity of almost 3000 people, and it served as a shelter for many Jews during the Nazi era. The Jews that died due to starvation and sickness during the war, their bodies are buried in the synagogue courtyard.
St Stephens Basilica
Named after the first king of Hungary, this neo-classical church is the largest church in Budapest. With its high domes and intricate architecture, St Stephens Basilica is a complete treat to the eyes. There is an open-air movie screening on some nights outside the church.
Architecture straight out of a fairy tale, Fisherman’s Bastion also is a perfect spot to have the panoramic views of Budapest from. You can see the Budapest Parliament building, the Danube river and bridges running over it, Gellert Hill, and Margaret island very clearly from the top of the towers.
Chain Bridge was the first ever stone bridge that was built to connect the two cities of Buda and Pest. It runs over the Danube river and is a perfect spot to watch the sunset from, as the bridge’s shadow shift over the buildings on the other side of the river.
Ancient Thermal Baths
Thermal baths were quite a trend in the earlier times, among the Turkish. Nowadays these baths are generally visited by the elderly or the unwell, and tourists that want to take a dip into the warm history of the city.
A retreat from the city life, even for the locals, Margaret island hosts tourists and locals alike. On a good sunny day, you’ll find many joggers running on the race tracks, families picnicking in the park, kids playing around the fountains. There are a couple of restaurants too in the park that you can dine at for nominal prices.
The island is right in the center of the city between Buda and Pest, and you can walk down the Margaret bridge to reach the island.
Citadella is located on the top of the Gellert Hill on the Buda side of the city. It is a short and an easy hike up the hill, and the views from the top are worth it all. Walk past the Citadella and a little further up the hill, you’ll find a perfect spot to watch the sunset from.
Central Market Hall
A 3-floored market, with shops ranging from handicraft to clothes, to pickles and local food, to souvenirs, the market is crowded throughout the day. It is the best place to do some local shopping from.
With so much to offer, Budapest is an ideal place for a budget traveler who wants to get an essence of European life.