Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is known for engrossing every traveler with something of their taste. Combining unparalleled nightlife, exuberant architecture, thermal spas, and so on, Budapest has earned the accolade of being one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Whether you are a fan of baroque architecture or are looking forward to explore Turkish-era bathhouses, Budapest is undoubtedly one of the best places to be at. Here are 10 essential things that you must do during your stay in Budapest.
1) Revisit History at the Buda Castle
Located at the Castle Hill, the Buda Castle is a World Heritage Site and used to be the abode of the Hungarian kings. Built in 1265, this castle today stands accompanied by National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. You should definitely plan your visit during the festivals (Palinka Festival, Wine Festival, Chocolate Festival, Beer Festival, etc.) that happen at the castle around the year.
2) Experience the Majestic Grandeur of the Gellert Bath
Being one of the magnificent spas in Budapest, Gellert Bath unravels the opportunity for you to experience a bath house built in the Art Nouveau style. The bath centre stands adorned with an open air pool that rejuvenates you by turning itself into a wave pool. After suffering from serious damage during the World War II, the glory of this spa was brought back in 2008 with a much needed renovation.
3) Enjoy Recreational Facilities at Margaret Island
Situated in the middle of the Danube river, Margaret Island is known for offering a gamut of recreational facilities to the tourists. You must experience water dancing to the tune of classical music at the Music Fountain here. You can also rent golf carts and pedal carts here.
4) Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica
Being of enormous religious significance, St. Stephen’s Basilica is one of the must visit places in Budapest. You will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the city from the base of the dome at this religious site. Don’t forget to attend the classical musical concerts which happen at regular intervals here.
5) Sample Wines at Faust Wine Cellars
Located below the Buda Castle, Faust Wine Cellars is a historic place to be at. Besides being able to taste 22 different Hungarian wines, you will get to sample the famous Hungarian fruit palinka as well. Enjoy the wine here along with the notes from a sommelier.
6) Visit Dohány Street Synagogue
Being one of the largest synagogues located outside Israel, Dohány Street Synagogue adorns itself with spectacular interior, weeping willow memorial, and memorial to Swedish diplomat Roual Wallenberg. Both the garden and interior here went through restoration in the 1990s
7) Bargain at the Ecseri Flea Market
If you love hunting treasures, the Ecseri Flea Market is the best place to be at. You will find a wide variety of things starting from retro clothing to memoirs of the Communist era here. You should definitely put your bargaining skills into use here.
8) Visit the Central Market Hall
Located in Central Budapest, the Central Market Hall is one of the most famous markets to visit. While many locals come here to purchase groceries, most of the tourists love this place for finding homemade local dishes and souvenirs such as chess sets, leather products, lace, and so on.
9) Take Yourself to the Liberty Statue
Located on Gellert Hill, the Liberty Statue is one of the most significant remaining Communist statues in Budapest. It came into existence in 1947 for the purpose of commemorating the Soviet troops who sacrificed their lives to free the country. Don’t forget to enjoy the panoramic views from underneath the statue.
10) Take Medicinal Bath at Széchenyi Baths Complex
Being the largest medicinal bath center in Europe, Széchenyi Baths Complex is one of the best spots to have joint illnesses treated. The waters here contain sulphates, bicarbonate, fluoride, and magnesium. You can also enjoy massages and beauty treatments along with the relaxation that thermal pools offer.
Whether you would love to find yourself amidst contemporary artistry or at thermal pools, Budapest provides you with the best opportunity to explore a charming city. In addition to all the things mentioned here, you can also visit WAMP (the monthly design market), Obuda (the lesser known part of Budapest), Kiraly Utca (boutiques and galleries), and so on.