Budapest, Hungary is one of the cities that should be on your must-see list when traveling through Europe. It may not be as immediately recognizable or popular as London or Paris, but there is something to be said about the old world charms of Hungary’s capital city. Below are some of the things you should do or visit to make sure you get the whole Budapest experience.
Budapest is home to many baths, there are many thermal baths and swimming pools all over the city. It’s practically a part of the city’s very fiber. You can visit famous baths like the Szechenyi Baths, where you can actually play chess with the locals while soaking at the pools, or at Rudas Baths. Going to the baths is a great way to relax your muscles from all that traveling and you also get the opportunity to participate in a communal activity in Hungary.
Budapest river cruise
Everyone knows about or has heard of the Danube River (you know the song, don’t you?) so it’s absolutely a must to not just see the Danube but to go on a cruise there as well. There are river boats that cater to tourists where you can sip wine or beer while marveling at iconic Budapest landmarks, which are considered UNESCO World heritage sites. You can marvel at the great architecture of the Buda Castle, the Gresham Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and The Parliament, which are just some of the amazing sights you will see while on the river cruise.
Hungarian cuisine may not be setting the world on fire unlike other European cuisines but Hungarian food has a distinct flavor profile that you definitely need to check out if you want a complete Hungarian experience. Budapest hosts a number of high quality restaurants that serve really delicious Hungarian dishes. Eating goose should not be missed since it is one of the strongest specialties of country. In fact, Hungary is the second largest exporter of goose liver to France. You should also try eating pork dishes featuring the Mangalitsa, a pig breed that is specially grown in the country. Hungarian pastries are also a special treat that you should feast on when in Budapest.
Going to Europe does not become a complete experience without experiencing the music it has contributed to the world. A visit at the Opera House in Budapest to watch an opera is an experience and a memory you will never forget. Going to classical performances is also a great way to experience Budapest. You should also check out the choir at the St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the best in the world.
Marvel at the great statues housed at the Millennial Monument in Budapest, which are breathtaking artworks. You can then go to two fine arts institutes that are located on both ends of the square – the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Arts.