One of the most popular cities to which a lot of people plan their travel is the capital of Germany, Berlin. Known best for its culture, science and politics this is one of the most sought out destinations amongst a lot of tourists. Right from the Berlin Opera and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra that attracts visitors across the world Berlin is known for its rich and diverse culture and people there have time and again proven their flair for art.
Apart from the art and culture the city is also known for its amazing museum island which is one of the UNESCO heritage sites. Tourism in Berlin is pretty famous because of the architecture, art galleries and also vibrant nightlife and entertainment.
Exploring a new city is a different experience altogether. It gives you a chance to delve deep into the rich culture of that place. There are some cities that remain at top in the bucket list of most of the travellers because of the versatility that they offer. The capital city of Hungary, i.e. Budapest, is one such city. It is rich in heritage and culturally strong. Many cultural events are organised for tourists to make you closer to locals.
Budapest is a famous tourist destination. It is the tenth most populous city of the Europe and is bisected into two parts, namely Buda (west) and Pest (east), by the river Danube. The city has a lot to offer to people.
It is also a famous place for weddings and honeymoon travellers. It is so famous for thermal steam bath, night parties and roman architecture.
Though tourists visit this place all around the year, but the best time to visit is during spring or autumn to enjoy these events
March to May (best time to visit)
Budapest Dance Festival (February-March) - Macaron Day (March)
Budapest Spring Festival (March-April) - Budapest100 (May) - Rosalia Festival (May)
OTP Bank Gourmet Festival (May) - Budapest Beer Week (May)
June to August
Budapest Summer Festival (June-August) - Danube Carnival (June) - Budapest Pride (June-July)
Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival (July-August) - Sziget Festival (August)
Festival of Folk Arts (August)
1. Visit Hungarian State Opera House
Opened in 1884, this auditorium has 1200 seats. It is considered to be one of the best opera houses in the world. Buying a ticket to attend a show here is worth spending. Even if you do not get to attend a show, you can book a guided tour of the opera house.
2. The Chain Bridge
The chain bridge is a suspension bridge that connects the Buda and Pest that are separated by river Danube. Visiting this chain bridge is the most obvious thing to do in Budapest. At night, it gets lit up and becomes a wonderful site to click some great pictures.
3. Great Market Hall
The best way to get an insight of the local culture is to visit the place where the locals go most often. Located in central Budapest, the great market hall is popular market places where you will get have local fruits, vegetables, some souvenirs, and some local delicacies such as langos and goulash?
4. Szechenyi Thermal and Spa Bath
It is one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe. It comprises of 21 pools that offer medicinal services, underwater Jacuzzi, luxury spas, saunas, beauty treatments, etc.
5. St. Stephen’s Basilica
It is the largest church of Budapest which is a popular spot because of its impressive architecture. It offers magnificent 360 degree view of the city from its 96-metre-high dome. It is dedicated to St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary. The visitors can also see the right hand of Stephen kept in a glass case.
6. Margaret Island
It is a small island which is barely 2.5 km long. It lies in the middle of Danube. This place has many recreational facilities. It offers many tourist attractions such as lush green rose garden, some medieval ruins, a musical fountain, palatines baths, etc.
7. Buda Castle
This 13th Century castle is a UNESCO’s world heritage site which also has the castle museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the National Széchenyi Library. Visiting this place gives a sneak peek into the rich Hungarian culture.
8.The Buda Hills
Buda hills is one of the best places for all those people who love to spend some alone time. There are many hiking trails that one can take. It is also one of the greenest places that the city has.
9. The Hungarian National Museum
Which place can be better than a museum to know more about the history, art and culture of the country? The spectacular architecture of the museum itself is worthy of visiting this museum.
10. Fisherman’s Bastion
It is one of the most popular spots of the city as it gives views over the city and the Danube. This place is named after the Guild of Fishermen. It was built between 1895 and 1902. It comprises of seven towers, beautiful courtyards and the bronze statue of first king of Hungary.
11. The Danube Promenade
It is a walkway that extends from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge. Talking a stroll here is a perfect way to enjoy beautiful evenings and also to see famous sights of Budapest.
Also, Shoes on the Danube bank, the famous memorial is present on the banks of Danube. Here you will get to see a series of 60 pairs of cast iron shoes designed by Can Togay and Gyula Pauer which commemorates the killing of civilians (including Jews) by the Nazis. The victims were ordered to remove their shoes before being shot.
Apart from the aforementioned places, there are many other places in Budapest that are a must visit. Relinquishing the local cuisine must also be there in the checklist while visiting Budapest. Budapest has something to offer to everyone.