6 reasons to visit Budapest

/ December 22, 2014/ Europe, Hungary, Travel Journal/ 0 comments

Hello folks!

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.

Love padlocks

Love padlocks

Love padlocks

Love padlocks

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.

Christmas market

Christmas market

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.

Probably the best  Lángos place in Bupadest

Probably the best Lángos place in Budapest

Probably the best  Lángos place in Bupadest

Probably the best Lángos place in Budapest

Christmas market

Candies at the Christmas market

Christmas market

Christmas market

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!

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

Gelarto Rosa (ice cream place)

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.

Little Princess statue on the Danube promenade

Little Princess statue on the Danube promenade

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.

Hofi statue on Nagymező street

Hofi statue on Nagymező street

Girl with her dog statue on Vigadó square

Girl with her dog statue on Vigadó square

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.

Way to Liberty Bridge

Way to Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Great Market Hall

Danube Promenade

Danube Promenade

The Liberty Statue on the Gellért Hill

The Liberty Statue on the Gellért Hill

Corvinus University of Budapest

Corvinus University of Budapest

Liberty Bridge

Liberty Bridge

Danube Promenade

Danube Promenade

Hungarian tenement

Hungarian tenement

Hungarian tenement

Hungarian tenement

St. Stephen's Square

St. Stephen’s Square

St. Stephen's Square

St. Stephen’s Square

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

"Beauty and the Beast"

“Beauty and the Beast”

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Buda Castle

Buda Castle

View from the Castle Hill

View from the Castle Hill

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

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.

Kisfaludy ucta

Kisfaludy ucta

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Castle Hill

The Castle Hill

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion

Matthias Church

Matthias Church

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.

Szimpla - ruin pub

Szimpla Kert – ruin pub

Szimpla - ruin pub

Szimpla Kert- ruin pub

Instant - ruin pub

Instant – ruin pub

Instant - ruin pub

Instant – ruin pub

Instant - ruin pub

Instant – ruin pub

Instant - ruin pub

Instant – ruin pub

Instant - ruin pub

Instant – ruin pub

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed the photos. If you have any remarks on this entry don’t hesitate to leave a comment:)

Meanwhile, I wish you all happy holidays!