One of the most magnificent cities in Europe the modern day city of Budapest was born in 1873 from the unification of three much older cities Buda Pest and Obuda. The city’s chequered history is evident from its areas of fading beautybut recent gentrification has proved Budapest’s will to survive. Peppered with centuries of architecture from the 13th century Buda Castle to the impressive 19th century parliament buildings today Budapest has a reputation as a youthful centre of European culture. Equally delightful in summer months and beneath blankets of winter snow Budapest offers suitable activities whatever the time of year.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Budapest
Castle District — The clanging bells of the Gothic Revival St. Matthias Church echo through the cobbled streets of Budapest’s heritage heart. At its centre is the staggering 13th century Royal Palace Buda Castle. This has survived countless wars and conflicts over the years to stand proudly as one of Budapest’s most iconic buildings.
Belvaros — Fancy a spot of shopping? The historic buildings in Budapest’s commercial centre house a combination of great souvenir shops and high-end stores. If you’re looking for something more exclusive you’ll also discover plenty of quirky boutiques and markets concealed in the district’s winding side streets.
Erzsebetvaros — Elizabeth Town fell into disrepair during the Second World War. After a programme of gentrification in the mid-2000s the area is now known for its rocking nightlife and for being the coolest hipster hangout in Budapest. If you like your drinks served in jam jars you know where to come!
Ferencvaros — Ferencvaros is the unquestioned food and theatre hub of Budapest. Dine out in one of its 50 plus restaurants cafes or bustling eateries before heading to the National Theatre or another of the district’s performance venues to sample this area’s fusion of urban and classical arts.
Things to See in Budapest
With so much to see it never hurts to consider some support. Whether that means hiring a city bike to get around or heading across the city’s iconic chain bridge for a Buda Castle coffee and pastry walking tour there are multiple possibilities. For a once in a lifetime photo opportunity don’t miss the Hungarian Parliament Hungary’s largest building. This magnificent blend of Gothic and Renaissance Revival styles sits proudly in Lajos Kossuth Square on the pretty waters of the Danube.
Things to Do in Budapest
If you weary of cafe culture and historic marvels there is always the upbeat nightlife and you’ll find no end of trendy bars. For a more conventional Hungarian experience why not book a three-course dinner at a Hungarian Folklore Show? You’ll be whisked off to a central city restaurant to dine surrounded by dancers and musicians in vibrant traditional costume. Then there’s no better or romantic way to explore this city than with a Danube River Cruise – whether love is in the air or not you will soon fall for the beautiful Budapest.