Although we can say Budapest Attractions in a breath. But can we visit all on a tour? The question is really tough and challenging. What do you think? Professional tourism even finds it difficult too. But, why are you worrying? You should not. You can explore most of them now. No worries. The article you have started reading will work as a guide in your journey. You are definitely going to embark on your memorable journey with a bang and will make the most of it. There is a plan for you. But before that why don’t you just learn about the history of the city?
HISTORY OF BUDAPEST
Budapest was nowhere on the map a few centuries ago. Similarly, a few only knew about Budapest attractions. Oh! What did you just read? How can it be true? Hold your nerves mate. It is the truth. Earlier there were two districts Buda, Obuda and Pest with no links whatsoever. The famous Danube River separated them. What about now? Any guesses? Any idea? After their unification the city offers so many activities to do.
The Chain Bridge was one of the wonders of the world when it came into use. None had the thought of a bridge over a river in 1840. Technological revolution then was still on the start. But it did happen. Count Istvan Szechenyi got the idea to create it. He hired engineers, sponsored the costs and made sure that the bridge was completed in 1849. Hungarians had the honor to walk over it for the first time. Since then, a walk on Szechenyi Chain Bridge has become a significant part of Budapest attractions.
You can start walking from Pest and go through the river to step on to the Buda side. Why it is so popular? Why do people get crazy about it? The reason is the panoramic stunning views of the ends. Views of the Parliament Building of Budapest on Pest and Buda Castle in Buda look so fascinating. It even touches your heart in the dark when the lights of the restaurants hit on the river. The walk has been a must-to-do thing for the tourists and locals as well. You will have to play your part at the Chain Bridge too.
THERMAL BATHS OF BUDAPEST
Although the whole of Hungary has a massive number of hot springs flowing beneath, Budapest enjoys around a hundred of them. The reason why it is known as the City of Baths. Many bathhouses are here for your pleasure. No tourist can escape from it because it is the most relaxing feature of Budapest attractions. As we move on, you will be reading more about some of the top bath complexes of the city.
Heard the name before? No doubts. You may have. Flocks of people show up at the bathhouse annually to splash, enjoy and heal themselves out. It is highly possible that the people you ask about Budapest will begin the talk starting from Szechenyi Bath. It is the largest of all other thermal baths of the capital of Hungary. There are around 20 pools including both indoors and outdoors. Each pool offers a different temperature. Besides the pools, people also love the Budapest attractions for steam rooms, wellness spa, and effective massage treatments. Moreover, for a party lover, ‘Sparty’ will be a blessing in disguise. Join the vibrant atmosphere on a weekend night and it will the party of your life. Lights on water. Music. Splashing. Dancing. All of these make a hell of a combo.
Gellert Bath is the biggest competitor to Szechenyi Bath. However, it hosts a lesser number of audience but you cannot undermine it in terms of beauty and design. Art Nouveau style has given it a heart-melting outlook. Windows and the skillfully crafted ceiling above your head deserve all the praise of the world. Eleven or so pools with one outdoor and other indoors make it a decent Budapest attraction. Furthermore, there is an outdoor wave pool. So, you get that feeling of the natural hot river in the bathhouse. It is actually on foot of the Gellert Mountain which lets it facilitate you with breathtaking views. Try your level best to put into your holiday trip to Budapest.
TWO 96-METER HIGH BUILDINGS
Only two of all the buildings of the Hungarian capital have this tall height. None other can even try to rise higher. It is because of the law of the nation. They introduced this to display their school of thought that Government and Church are of highest respect and importance for them. Let’s discuss Budapest attractions in details below.
This is the third largest Parliament Building in the world. The largest of the city. 691 rooms. 20 km staircase. Neo-Gothic architectural style and many other features make it the best building of Hungary and of Budapest attractions. Consequently, tourists do not remain far away from it when they visit Budapest. Views from the Danube River of the building are unbelievable. All of the rooms of the parliament house are not up for the tour. Remember, do not come up here in the days of sessions or meeting, otherwise, you may have to return back unentertained and unimpressed. Therefore, you can only get to see a few in your tour inside. Your guide will let you to red-carpeted stairs, the amazing dome hall, the serene library and to the upper house and upper lobby as well.
Usually, we call such Budapest attractions as a church but the pope pronounced it as a Basilica. What about St. Stephen? Who was he? Well, he was the founding father of Hungary and consequently the first king to rule the land. So. Now you know where the name of the Basilica came from. Apart from it, you will be surprised to learn the fact that the structure has enough space to allow 8500 people checking in here at a time. Amazing. Isn’t it? This is more than a church if you notice. You will find some historical things placed here to honor the royal families of the nation for their services, for example, the mummified hand of King Stephen is there to be seen after payment of a minimal fee.
Quite unconventional. Quite rough yet thrilled with utmost fun. Ruin bars are a relatively new concept in Budapest attractions. Before there were only lavish partying clubs with high cost of drinks and such stuff. But, now as the out-of-use parking areas and sort of worn-out buildings are home to these bars. Looks intimidating? I am telling more about them onwards.
Unlike the aforementioned, Aker’t is a bit more decorated. But, same as other ruin bars, it is located in a building constructed back in 1833. Think about the antiqueness! Moreover, it also has a decent location with a few minutes’ distance from Andrassy Avenue. You can hang out in the indoor and the dancing hall to the fullest. Two food stalls are also installed there for you to satisfy your hunger. The one unique feature of the Budapest attractions is that the bar welcomes gays as well. So, you may notice gay fraternity drinking and dancing apart from the usual young international tourists.
What if we call it the Father of all ruin pubs? It will not be a wrong statement. Therefore, no matter how many bars have opened since then, Szimpla has not lost its importance and value in Budapest Attractions. Located in the Jewish quarter in District VII, it is surely a hell of a place for a night party. Drinks are as cheap as 2.5 euros. Different rooms. Each with different furniture and lightings. A great dancing floor and so many more. The locals make a big audience of the bars. Leave it all. What about the food? Pizza slice here is delicious and has to be eaten otherwise you are missing the joy of local food.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
If you come at Budapest and you don’t have good food then why did you come? There are numerous food outlets offering a big range of delicious cuisines. All your cravings even in the wildest fantasy will be entertained here. You should definitely be aware of them. Nothing to wait. Switch on to the food gear!
THE GREAT MARKET HALL
The historically amazing and wonderful structure should be observed before moving ahead to fill in the stomachs. The architecture of the market is phenomenal. One cannot ignore the designs it has on offer. Moving on. Whether you are a fish freak or you are crazy for meaty dishes, you will have it all here. In addition, you can also eat some fresh fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet. Especially, we would suggest getting some Hungarian paprika. It is one of the popular dishes among the locals. You would be grateful to your luck that you got the chance to have it! Furthermore, do visit the magnificent handicraft stalls on the upper floor.