Often described the ‘Paris of the East’ Budapest is quickly becoming a favourite destination for weekend breaks. With its picturesque views and cheap prices its not hard to see why. What ever you’re looking for in your city break you’re sure to find it in Budapest. We’ve picked out a few things to look out for once you get there.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Budapest’s promenade is a must-visit location. The pedestrianised walkway will take you along the river between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge. This is one of the best places to take in some of the best views of the city.
From the Danube Promenade you’ll see Buda Castle. Perched high above the river this castle offers stunning views over most of the Pest side of the city, as well as the city’s two famous bridges. The castle itself is steeped in history dating back to the 13th century. Explore this history in the Budapest History Museum, which is now housed in the castle, along with the Hungarian National Gallery.
The Hungarian Parliament Building is an impressive sight. Completed in 1904 this neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece stands proud at the banks of the Danube. It houses some of Hungary’s most valuable historical items, such as the Holy Crown of the first kings of Hungary. You can purchase tickets to visit the Parliament here.
Budapest is famous for is its ruin bars. The ruin bar phenomenon began here in 2000 and they have been springing up, primarily in the city’s old Jewish quarter, ever since. Essentially they are bars which have been built into some of the city’s old abandoned buildings. Some are big and some are tiny but each has its own character and atmosphere. You’re sure to find one that suits you or your group.
Budapest’s thermal baths and spas are a remnant of the city’s Roman and Turkish past and they remain very popular with tourists and locals alike. With a number of these facilities dotted around the city you won’t short of choice. Whichever one you choose you’re sure to come away relaxed, with a range of massage options, saunas and steam rooms on offer at each. This may be the perfect activity for the last day of your trip.