Budapest City Break: 5 Reasons to Visit
Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, boasts a diverse cultural scene, therapeutic bathing experiences and also presents itself as an eastern European Mecca for foodies. To all those who still aren’t completely convinced by Budapest: the destination for your next city break will be most certainly be decided after reading the following five arguments.
#1 Marvel at Budapest from above
Hungary’s capital city offers several locations from which you can get a fantastic bird’s eye view of Budapest, some of which are free. Gellért Hill provides what is probably the most beautiful panoramic view. The Fisherman’s Bastion and Buda Castle also offer magnificent views. You can also enjoy a fantastic view of Budapest’s rooftops at the MEININGER Hotel Great Market Hall.
#2 Round off the day in ruin bars
There’s an alternative, relaxed atmosphere in the evening in the ruin bars in Budapest’s Jewish Quarter. The most famous bar is the Szimpla Kert. One visit is rarely enough to appreciate the many creative installations and artworks. On Sundays, a farmer’s market is held here.
#3 Relax at a spa
City breaks can be pretty exhausting. Why not give your feet a rest and visit one of the magnificent spas? Europe’s largest spa town can boast a whopping 21 spas. The Gellért Baths are particularly impressive, featuring art nouveau architecture, as are the palatial Széchenyi Spa Baths, situated in the idyllic City Park.
#4 Delve into Hungarian history
It’s hard to miss traces of Hungary’s turbulent history when you visit the city. You’ll see many plaques commemorating the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Along the banks of the Danube there are pairs of shoes which serve as a reminder of the Jewish victims of the Second World War.
#5 Feast, and then feast some more
Whether you’re a fan of traditional Hungarian cuisine, prefer international restaurants or follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, Budapest has become a veritable gastronomical paradise, catering for every taste. Particularly in the Pest district you’ll find scores of cafes and restaurants, mostly offering excellent dishes for a comparatively cheap price. In amongst them, you’ll regularly come across alternative street food markets.