Main landmarks of Budapest Hungary

what to do in budapest

what to do in budapest

Main landmarks of Budapest Hungary, located on both banks of the Danube, deserve at least a week to be explored in detail. So far I’ve been to her three times, two of them for several hours of going and coming back from Vienna respectively. The positive thing is that this city is often “on the way” to famous European destinations, so I hope in the near future to be able to complement my impressions. In the last 2017 I was on a trip that was specifically aimed at Hungary, and besides the capital we also saw the town of artists and craftsmen Szentendre.

We arrived in Budapest tourism at dusk, and before we arrived at the hotel we made an impromptu ride by the Danube bus to see the beautifully lit buildings along the shore and the impressive bridges. It’s worth seeing and I suggest you take time for a night out. Probably there are suitable evening programs with ships on the river. The Parliament with its 365 towers is very impressive and the bridges are illuminated in different nuances. Almost as a Christmas decoration, but all year round.

budapest tourism

budapest tourism

Things to do in Budapest was unfortunately rainy. Particularly before noon the weather was unpleasant, dark and cloudy, and the rain was complemented by a strong wind that largely rendered irrelevant the use of umbrellas and even raincoats. First we visited the fishing towers, whose name comes from the fact that there once was a fishing quarter and a market. This place is one of the emblematic of the Hungarian capital and is very beautiful. In the square near the fishing towers there is a monument to King Istvan, the first magyar ruler to introduce Christianity.

A Neo-Gothic cathedral, which originally bears the name of Virgin Mary, was later built, but was later renamed to St. Matthew, a ruler of the 15th century, who was a donor of the church and twice married. For the first time in this place, a Christian temple was built in 1015, but nothing has been preserved since it was destroyed during the Mongol invasion. The cathedral in its present form was built in the 14th century and restored in the early 19th century.

This part of our walk for happiness ended quickly. Then we went to Heroes’ Square, which was cleared for the celebration of the local firefighters, and then someone mentioned that they had new fire trucks and had a ceremony on that occasion. That’s why in the square it could not get enough, we went around and went to a parking lot nearby. Some of the band went on, but we did not go down this rain this time to get closer.

budapest sightseeing

budapest sightseeing

Heroes’ Square is famous for the sculptures of significant personalities of Hungarian history. In the center stands a column with Archangel Gabriel, who holds the cross and the crown of St. Istvan in his hands. On both sides of the square you can see two impressive buildings – the Art Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts. Close to it is also the zoo, for which I have heard very nice reviews. Of course time was not right for her.

Things to do in budapest Hungary

An exotic way to walk around the Hungarian capital is by using the unique amphibious bus that combines the bus tour and the boat tour because it can swim. We saw one as we walked, but we staked on traditional transport. The boat trip is worth it and I liked it even in the very heavy rain we had. The ship was two-storeyed and with a large pane, which, due to bad weather, was hardly used. The price includes a glass of champagne and a piece of cake for each of the tourists and a short story about the landmarks surrounding the Viennese Waltz “On The Beautiful Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss. Quite thematic! I imagine how nice it would be in sunny weather.

In the afternoon we spent a walk on the Vaci Street. There are many brand stores for clothing, shoes and cosmetics, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. It was still in the autumn, but I was impressed by a store that sold lovely Christmas decorations. Inside is arranged as a fabulous movie decor with all the beautiful colorful things related to the holiday. I was very impressed, but did not dare to take pictures because it had great inscriptions that it was forbidden. Well, I recommend that you, if you come to Budapest attractions, visit it yourself. It is close to a beautiful blue building with an ornate facade.

budapest attractions

budapest attractions

In a cozy, though overgrown on the rainy day confectionery in the center, I tasted the favorite pastry of Empress Elizabeth of Austria called Cousin Coussus – a cake called Dobush, which is made with six swamps, chocolate cream and caramel glaze. I was curious to try it, but it seemed very sweet to me.

As long as we are on the wool, I can not miss the local fruit brandy Palinka and the unique liqueur Unicum. It is for the liqueur who told us in detail on the bus – about the secret recipe, the dozens of herbs that make up its composition and its healing properties. Naturally this awakened my curiosity and I hurried to buy. Well, a matter of taste or my expectations were too high, but the taste of the liqueur reminds me of a strong cough syrup or herbal decoction … for spreading. At least I hope the healing properties are on the level – I’m going to try it out if I get sick in the winter, but it’s definitely not something I’ll drink for pleasure. Still, I’m not a fan of hard alcohol, so my opinion is subjective.



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