Welcome to the capital of Hungary!
Do you have a weekend without plans? Come spend a weekend in Budapest Hungary! Many people don’t know that Budapest comprises three unified cities (Buda, Óbuda on the west bank of the Danube, and Pest on the east bank). Every aspect of this city has blended historically, artistically, and culturally. This is a short guide to spending a weekend visiting some of Budapest’s best gems.
If you are a fan of Medieval and Gothic styles of architecture, you will fall in love with Budapest! The Hungarian Parliament Building was designed and built in the Gothic Revival style. This is one of the most significant buildings in the city and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices.
The best way to spend the evening on the Danube is with an endless prosecco riverboat cruise!
Are you ready to visit the Hungarian version of Disney Castle? Fisherman’s Bastion could be a medieval monument; however, it was built in the early 20th century in a neo-Gothic style. It is a panoramic viewing platform across the Danube, Margaret Island, and Pest. Built-in honor and named after the Guild of Fishermen, it was responsible for defending that stretch of the city walls during the Middle Ages.
The seven towers around the structure represent the seven Magyar tribes that helped settle the Magyar people in the Carpathian Basin. If you were looking for a location for the perfect romantic sunset, you’ve found it.
Budapest is a beautiful city from every angle. Still, if you really want to appreciate the city’s layout and beauty, you must take a Segway to Buda Castle Hill Funicular. It first opened in 1870 and is the second oldest funicular in the world. The tram uses a system of weights and counterweights to help raise the carriages up and down the hill. This is the fastest way to get to the top of Castle Hill, and its trendy because of its panoramic views across the Danube. This track is open till 10pm and it is very inexpensive to purchase tickets, or you can use your city card better.
Next, you should visit the Labyrinth of Buda Castle. The Labyrinth, beneath Budapest’s Castle Hill, is where Vlad Tepes was held captive and tortured for 14 years, starting in 1463. Now you may or may not know the name Vlad the Impaler, but you may better know him as “Count Dracula.” This is where you can walk through the Labyrinth tunnels. There needs to be a map or guidebook, and you can simply follow a few incoherent signs through foggy, damp chambers dotted with mannequins dolled up as characters from the Phantom of the Opera.
Take a soak in healing waters by visiting Széchenyi Baths. This complex is the largest medicinal bath center in all of Europe. The waters are rich in sulfates, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, and fluoride, which are noted to help visitors with joint pains and other medical issues.
Step outside the ordinary bucket list items and dive into the extraordinary. Did you know that there are several recreational dives that you can take around Budapest? There are cave dives UNDER the city where you can dive; this is the only capital in the world where you can do this. If diving in caves is out of reach, how about diving for your beer?
There is a stone mine and submerged beer factory that you can dive into, whether a beginner or an advanced diver. After all the walking and diving, you will probably be hungry (pun intended). We recommend visiting the Central Market Hall. This is Budapest’s most famous marketplace in the city. Used by both locals and tourists, you can find coffee, local delicacies (goulash and langos), a snack (local fruits and vegetables), and some fantastic little shops. That is where you can find souvenirs, antiques, specialty shops, and more!
Other food options are extensive around Budapest, and you will want to find the best local places to eat that represent the best local foods. Taste all the hummus you can stand at the Hummus Bar, sit for your morning coffee at Espresso Embassy, or feel the city’s heartbeat with lots of food options at Gozsdu Udvar.
Budapest is a romantic, mysterious, and beautiful city to visit. Roaming the city will give you unparalleled access to its unique sights and fascinating sounds.