Budapest is magnificent, even if we don’t talk about the biggest tourist attractions – Danube, its bridges and city architecture, because they’re wonderful by default. The city has some very special atmosphere, it is relaxed, it is free and beautiful in its freedom. And the most important, it offers so many things to do, that you will never get bored, doesn't matter if it is your first visit or even if you live here for years! You fall in love with Budapest at the first sight, and this love is eternal. Are you ready for an adventure? Read our list of TOP 5 things you can do in Budapest!
1. Go for sightseeing
There is a lot of things to see in Budapest. We mean, really A LOT! In fact, "Budapest" is the combination of the city names Buda and Pest, which were united in 1873. Buda, on the West side of the river is hilly and semi-suburban, and has winding, narrow streets wending their way up into the hills. This is an old part of the city, where the majority of historic and cultural attractions, such as St. Stephen's Basilica, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle, etc., are located. Comparing to Buda, Pest is more modern part of the city with a beautiful promenade, shopping streets, restaurants and lively environment. Both of them are absolutely beautiful, so make sure, you dedicate some time for the sightseeing!
2. Cross the Danube
The Danube is Europe's second-longest river that is dividing Budapest into two parts. Of course, being such a beautiful city, it is expected that it will have not less special bridges as well! And yes, bridges of Budapest is just something unbelievably beautiful. The most famous of them is, probably, The Chain Bridge, which is known for its gorgeous lions. For sure you have to see as well Liberty Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge that are also located next to the city centre. Choose any of them and cross the Danube, watching the beautiful panoramas of the city and boats floating under the bridge. This is a "must" experience in Budapest!
3. Visit a Christmas market
If you are lucky and have an opportunity to visit Budapest before Christmas, do it! Even with the temperature below zero, it was very warm, and this warmness you will find in people’s smiles, lovely Christmas markets, beautiful illuminations, children’s laugh at ice rinks, candle lights in the windows, hot mulled wine and magic all around. Yes, Christmas is too commercial, but if sometimes you just forget about it and try to feel the moment, the miracles can happen… This is the time when Budapest is specially beautiful!
4. Discover local food
After visiting Budapest, not only your heart will want to come back there, but also your stomach! Hungarian cuisine is known as one of the most delicious in Europe! It includes a lot of meat, vegetables, spices, pepper, garlic, not even mentioning the variety of sweets that it has! And yes, Hungarian wines is also something that you will love, for sure... Make sure you taste as many of the traditional dishes as you can!
5. Visit famous "ruin pubs" of Budapest
Budapest is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and this is absolutely true. But besides that, Budapest can be also called a party capital of Europe! This city is full of outstanding and creative places that fascinate literally everyone who is coming to the city! Budapest is also known for its "ruin pubs" that originated here and have become a symbol of the city. That are the pubs created, as you could already guess, in the ruins of old or abandoned places, but with incredibly creative design!
To sum up, we would like to mention that this is only five things out of hundreds that Budapest can offer! Be curious and open for adventures, and Budapest will become the most positively surprising city you have ever been to!