Like any other European holiday, Hungary’s capital Budapest is full of picturesque beauty. Architectural brilliance, tranquility of the river or walks in the hilly terrain, your idea of a holiday in Europe gets a wider horizon only here. There is so much to do in the city and it includes Europe’s typical holiday style and much more. It’s totally a place worth visiting and here’s yours guide to budapest This will help you solve it.
Hungary is a part of the eastern part of the European continent. Budapest is the capital of Hungary, located in the central-northern part of the country. Budapest is divided into two parts by the Danube River, a major European waterway. On one side is Buda (Palace District) and on the other side is the Pest part of the city. The Chain Bridge is a landmark, also known as the boundary line between Buda and Pest.
Geography of Budapest
on the next Guide to Budapest 2023 The geography of Budapest is. This country is surrounded by major tourist destinations of Europe. The Czech Republic is 443 km away, Vienna is 217 km east and Croatia is 464 km away. It is easy to reach Budapest from Prague but Vienna is closer. The best way to reach is through efficient rail transport in Europe. A train from Prague main station to Budapest will complete the journey in 8 hours. Trains are available 10 times in 24 hours. Similarly, to travel from Vienna to Budapest it will take you 2 hours 30 minutes (approximately).
The ideal itinerary would be Budapest-Vienna-Prague. This way, your time is reduced even more as Vienna to Prague is about 4 hours. You split your time and can use Vienna as a stopover destination before reaching Prague. You can also do a reverse itinerary. This applies only if you plan to visit three destinations simultaneously. Most of us start from Munich and end up in Vienna, Prague and Budapest.
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Weather in Budapest
Budapest has very mild summers. However, even in September and October, there can be very hot afternoon sun. However, European summers are never too hot and the evenings are always pleasant. Plus, since the humidity is low, you won’t mind seeing the city’s attractions with a little sunshine in the afternoon.
March–May is the high tourist season in the city and then, September–November is the favorable tourist season. The weather from September to November is pleasant. Also, there is not much crowd in the city during this time. Make sure you start the trip in the first week of November because towards the end of the month, winters start and if you are not fond of winter, you will not be able to enjoy the destination as much as you want.
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places to visit in budapest
The Budapest tour can be divided into two parts: the Castle District Tour and the Pest Tour.
1. Castle District
If you’re keen to explore the joys of Hungary’s ancient style, you should start with the Kast District, a World Heritage Site. If you’re getting a customized Europe tour package, don’t forget to add this incredible castle to your itinerary. Much of the city has been restored to its original form and you will enjoy the patterns of the medieval city or the winding streets at first sight. You’ll also see a diversity of architectural talent here.
For history or cultural enthusiasts, there are many unique buildings like the Royal Palace, the Purana Qila or the famous National Heritage Gallery that help you delve into the past. The main area of the district is the Holy Trinity Square with the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Matthias Church is beautiful both outside and inside. There is ample time to view and enjoy the artistic decorations that showcase Gothic excellence.
Then, there is the very famous Fisherman’s Bastion. This is where people spend a lot of time under the clear blue sky. Fisherman’s Bastion is popularly called the Lookout Terrace because from here you can have a complete view of the entire Budapest city including the Pest border opposite. You can see the historic Chain Bridge and the world famous Hungarian Parliament.
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2. A trip to the laid-back insect
If posh urban areas and cobbled streets with plenty of open-air cafes, or street-style shopping, is your idea of a European holiday, then Pest is the place for you. Visit downtown Budapest or the Pest district for some great entertainment. You can relax here taking in the surroundings and enjoy some shopping, delicious food and even nightlife activities. The famous Fashion Street is where you will find brands like Hugo Boss, Benetton, Puma and Sisley etc.
3. Other Attractions
Other attractions include Budapest’s City Hall and the Jewish Quarter of Budapest, including the Holocaust Memorial on the Danube bank. The Hungarian Parliament Building – which has a total of 691 rooms and 20 km long stairs, is located here. Then, there is St. Stephen’s Basilica which houses St. Stephen’s mummy right hand. There are also terraced cafes and more restaurants at the top. You can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the entire city from above. There are many thermal water spas and pools in Budapest. You can visit the famous Gellert Spa or enjoy local spas such as Lucas Baths and Széchenyi. Access to the local pool and sauna is included in the entry ticket price but for spa/massage, you will have to pay separately.
Another option is the Danube dinner cruise. You can enjoy the beauty of the entire city under the dazzling dawn and golden light on the monumental architecture of both Buda and Pest. The dinner options are fantastic as there is a good option for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. There are two drinks at home. The cost is 40 euros per adult for a 1.5 hour tour.
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Head to Ruszworm Confectioners in the Castle District for some amazing chocolate shakes with whipped cream or Ruszworm cake served in the local style. If you are fond of drinking beer then you can get plenty of beer here at an average price of 3 euros. Be careful about having standing water in restaurants. It will cost you the same or even more than the cost of beer. For non-alcoholics, there is ginger ale or homemade lemonade, which is both refreshing and cool. But, it will still cost you the same as a glass of smooth beer, so the choice is yours.
It is a meat-based destination and you can do a lot of experiments with the huge variety of meat. If you like to eat chicken, there are ample options. There is a vegetarian option but you have to tell them clearly ‘no-meat’. Try the red cabbage and Hungarian pickles for local flavor. There are also some Indian and Asian restaurants. If you don’t like local food, you can have burgers or sandwiches. Most of it is very filling for a single meal.
To experiment with food, visit the Jewish Quarter. There’s street food and beer garden and then, there’s Simpla Curtmozzi, which looks like a junkyard. They serve authentic Mexican food style. If you are looking for a very casual atmosphere in a mostly balanced European restaurant then you will love this atmosphere. It’s good for a change.
all about airlines
If Budapest is your port of entry, you have several options to reach Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. There are only connecting flights.
Air France, KLM, Turkish Airlines and Emirates. The average ticket price is Rs. 45,000 per person. You may be lucky enough to get a discount.
Emirates is by far the best as it has enough leg room in economy class; Decent food and professional attendants. When it comes to the Middle Eastern style of hospitality, it never fails to impress. A round trip with Emirates will cost you Rs. ₹60,000 per adult person, a bit pricey, but worth every penny. This is an excellent value for money deal.
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Budapest is a tourist-friendly country. You will find many people who will be willing to help you with road signs and any other tourist information you may need. You will have a pleasant time sitting in an open-air café and you will see how people enjoy their lives in the Market Square promenade, in other words, how they like to spend their evenings.
People here do not interfere in each other’s lives and like to enjoy themselves. In short, the city is beautiful, scenic and has a wide variety of landscapes to enjoy. This is not an expensive place. If you know English, good for you. The local people here understand a little English. It is a good place for fun and long conversations with a cup of coffee or beer as per your wish. So, get packed, pick up this travel guide to Budapest and plan your European vacation and leave right away!
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