6 reasons to visit Budapest
Welcome to my next publication about another European capital. First of all, I’ve got one advice for you. If you have ever considered visiting Budapest, don’t think about it, just go there. It is totally worth it. I think the city is underestimated. At least it was in my eyes before I went there for the first time. However, my suspicions were somehow close to the truth. When I was there, sometimes I got the feeling that the city stopped in the late 90′ and was living its own pace. This factor restrained me from picking it as my destination. It was a mistake. Budapest is a mixture of spectacular, intact architecture contrasting with a grey communistic accent and exceptional, vivid nightlife.
Have I already convince you to go there? If not go on reading the article.
1. Hungarians are smarter than love.
You probably have heard of love padlocks which lovers lock to bridges all over the world to symbolize their lifelong love. The rule is simple: you put your and your partner’s initials on the padlock, lock it on the barrier and throw away a key to river, sea or whatever. Then there is no turning back, you can say goodbye to your single life and prepare for… something different. In Budapest, residents are smart enough to avoid taking a snap decision. They located the “love barrier” in a safe distance from the river, so they can reconsider their decision before they get rid of the key and change their life forever.
2. Hungarian cuisine is worth a sin
The food in Hungary is super fat and rich, so eating it on daily basis might be harmful for your health. Hungary has one of the highest rates of heart disease deaths and I am not surprised. However, if you go there just for holiday you must try some local foods, because I am sure you will fall in love with the local cuisine.
Lángos is a plate-sized sheet of fried dough usually served with sour cream and cheese. Locals advised me to try it in a small hut close to the Jewish synagogue. One portion made me full for the whole day.
Another food place on the Budapest must-visit list is a gelateria next to the St. Stephen’s Basilica. They serve delicious Italian ice cream in a unique shape of a rose. The place is just lovely!
3. Budapest has hundreds of adorable small statues spread all over the city
These beautiful pieces of art are spread across the city and you can find them behind every corner. Without a single word they convey stories from the past. Silent statues add special charm and uniqueness to the city and give an insight into the Budapestian history.
László Marton is the author of the most popular and the most frequently photographed statue in Budapest. Actually iconic little princess who sits on the railings of the Danube promenade is just a larger size copy. Original one is owned by Hungarian National Gallery. The legend says that rubbing princess’ knees will bring you luck.
4. You can’t get enough of the architecture in Budapest
Rich architecture from different times from the history sets a beautiful composition that will appeal to every visitor. Let the photos speak for themselves.
5. You will fall in love in the city by night
The city sights are even more beautiful and lovely by night. After sunset all building are brightened dazzling with its eminent charm.
6. Ruin pubs are both the weirdest and the coolest places to spend your weekend night
Budapest is famous for its ruin pubs – perfect places for party whether you just want to hit the bottle with your friends or dance the whole night long to your favorite music. Formerly abandoned buildings in the city were converted into popular hot spots with charming retro decor, unique atmosphere and late opening hours. These places are filled with totally random stuff and you’d be really surprised with want you can find there. I’ve visited two of them: the youngest (Instant) and the oldest one (Szimpla Kert). All party animals can find something for them.
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Meanwhile, I wish you all happy holidays!