WHY TO VISIT BUDAPEST
It is no coincidence that Budapest is defined, the "Paris of the East". The city has many features in common with the French capital and some views immediately show the views of Paris: there is a river, which cuts the city and overlooks castles and beautiful buildings, and there is a hill similar to Montmartre on which to climb to enjoy the view across Budapest.
But the analogies end here: Budapest fortunately has its own identity and perhaps even more than one. It is no coincidence that it is the result of three cities: Buda, Pest and Óbuda, joined by the Chain Bridge and seven other bridges, still today some of the most photographed corners of Budapest.
Three days can be enough to discover the capital of Hungary: from the Roman Budapest, to the medieval one with the Castle, passing for a day on the Danube and a beautiful journey through time in the underground stations, still standing 130 years ago.
WHAT TO SEE IN BUDAPEST
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Buda Castle and the Royal Palace
- Fisherman's Bastion
- Saint Stephens Basilica
- Castle Hill
- Szechenyi Chain Bridge
- Hungarian Parliament
- The Great Synagogue
- Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvar)
- Matthias Church
- Heroes' Square
- Andrassy Avenue
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Szechenyi Baths
- Tram n. 2
- Shoes on the Danube
- Gellert Hill
- Király fürdő (Király Thermal Bath)
- Central Market Hall
- The Rock Church
- Anonymus Szobor (Anonymous' Statue)
- Liszt Ferenc Square
- Little Princess Statue
- Paul Street Boys monument
WHEN TO GO TO BUDAPEST
Best period to visit Budapest is from April to October.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Budapest.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN BUDAPEST
The main airport is Budapest Airport
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WHAT TO DO IN BUDAPEST
typical dishes of Budapest:
- Halászlé (a spicy soup made with freshwater fish and paprika).
- Gulyás (Hungarian goulash is a hearty beef, capsicum and paprika soup; Western goulash is calledpörkölt or tokány).
- Lecsó (paprika vegetable stew of onions, tomatoes, and peppers, with variations including sausage and egg).
- Paprikás csirke (chicken in a creamy, paprika sauce, often served with (surprise!) sour cream).
- Hurka (boiled spiced sausage).
- Kolbász (smoked sausage spiced with paprika).
- Lángos (plate-sized sheet of fried dough that is usually smothered with sour cream and cheese).
- Rántott Sajt (fried cheese).
- Nokedli (small, dumpling-like noodles, usually served as a side dish to accompany stews and meats).
- Tyúkhúsleves (chicken soup with vegetables and pasta).
- Jókai bableves (kidney bean soup).
- Rakott Krumpli (baked casserole-type dish made of layers of sliced potatoes, eggs, sausage, sour cream, and cheese).
- Pörkölt (stew made of meat (often beef or chicken gizzards), tomato, paprika, and onions, usually served with a side of Hungarian noodles called nokedli).
- Gesztenyepüré (purée of chestnuts, sugar, and rum, usually served with whipped cream).
- Hortobágyi húsos palacsinta (‘Hortobagy pancake’ – pork or chicken in a thin pancake and baked with paprika and sour cream).
- Galuska (egg dumplings).
- Túrós Csusza (flat, wide noodles mixed with Hungarian túró cheese and often topped with pieces of fatty bacon called szalonna).
- Töltött Káposzta (large leaves of cabbage, stuffed with meat and rice, which are cooked and then smothered with sour cream).
- Töltött Paprika (whole peppers stuffed with rice, meat, and vegetables and cooked in sauce).
- Körözött (a spread like hummus made of túró cheese, spices (often paprika), and vegetables).
- Palacsinta (Hungarian version of crépes. Popular types include Hortobágyi, filled with ground meat, fried onion, and topped with a sour cream/paprika sauce, and Gundel, filled with ground walnuts, raisins, and rum and topped with dark chocolate sauce).
- Kürtőskalács (Transylvanian sweet spiral pull-apart bread that is baked rotisserie-style outdoors over charcoal).
- Dobostorta (chocolate buttercream-layered sponge cake, topped with crystallized caramel and covered on the edges with nuts).
- Meggyleves (chilled, sweet soup made of sour cherries, sour cream, and sugar).
- Rétes (strudel-like log of pastry, stuffed to the max with fillings such as apple, cherry, or poppyseed and topped with powdered sugar).
- Kifli (crescent-shaped bread, often eaten simply with butter or sliced in half and topped with cheese, meat, and/or peppers for a sandwich).
- Pogácsa (small, bite-sized biscuits, dense and doughy in the center and often topped with cheese).
- Bejgli (spiral-shaped log roll containing a sweet walnut or poppyseed filling).
- Madártej (dessert of fluffy meringue floating on vanilla custard).
- Flódni (pastry, traditionally made of four layers: walnut, apple, poppyseed, and jam).
- Túrógombóc (orbs of sweetened túró cheese boiled, rolled in toasted bread crumbs, and generally served with vanilla sauce or sour cream and sugar).
- Túró Rudi (dark chocolate bar filled with sweetened túró cheese, available flavored or with jam fillings as well).
- Somlói Galuska (dessert made of three different types of sponge cake (plain, walnut, and chocolate), raisins, and walnuts, drizzled with dark chocolate rum sauce and topped with whipped cream).
- Kakaós Csiga (pastry of spiral-shaped dough swirled with chocolate).
- Gundel palacsinta (pancake served with walnuts, raisins, lemon rind, chocolate sauce and rum).
- Tokaji (strong dessert wine).
- Bikavér (meaning 'Bull's Blood', a strong red wine).
- Pálinka (brandy) comes in barack (apricot), szilva (plum) körte (pear) and cseresznye (cherry) flavour.
- Unicum (herb liqueur).
- Villány (good quality full-bodied red wine).
- Pezsgö (sparkling wine like Champagne).
- Ásványviz (bottled fizzy mineral water).
typical souvenirs of Budapest are:
- Hungarian embroidery, tablecloths and hand-made laces
- Traditional Hungarian Shirts
- Hand crafted porcelain
- Ajka crystal
- Traditional dolls
- Hungarian Secret Box
- Hand painted eggs
- Leather shoes
- Hand-forged knifes
- Wooden toys
- Rubik's cube
- Paprika, jams, wines, Tokaji Wine, Palinka or Unicum liqueur
The main theatre of Budapest is the Hungarian State Opera House.