In August 2007 I decided to visit Budapest, the capital of Hungary, originally two cities, Buda and Pest, but after its expansion and occupation of the two banks of the Danube River in 1873 this city was founded. The minimum stay in Budapest is 2 days.
The city runs along the banks of the Danube so the best way to get to know it is by walking. It also has a metro network to reach the most distant places.
The best time to visit Budapest is from May to September, the rains are quite regular throughout the year so there may always be a rainy day.
These are the main places to visit in Budapest:
The Parliament is the most beautiful and impressive building in Budapest.
It is the second largest Parliament in the world and the largest works of its time. Its construction demonstrated the economic power of Hungary in the 19th century.
The price is 2,200 HUF (7€).
Formerly called the Royal Palace because it was the residence of the Royal Family of Hungary.
The castle houses the Széchenyi Library, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.
You can get to the Castle by cable car or walk up the stairs or the slope that leave from the Chain Bridge.
The Chain Bridge also known as the Széchenyi Bridge in honor of its creator.
It is the oldest bridge in the city and the first one that connected the cities of Buda and Pest.
It was dynamited by the Nazi regime during the Second World War, so the current bridge is a reconstruction of the original.
Located at one end of Andrássy Avenue, it is the most important square in the city, where the founders of Hungary are represented.
It is surrounded by several buildings, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the City Park.
St. Stephen's Basilica
It is the largest and most important religious building in Hungary.
Its name is in honor of the first king of the country, Stephen I of Hungary and inside it isThe Holy Right Hand, the right hand of the king that is preserved as a medieval relic.
The price is 1,100 HUF (4€).
The Széchenyi spa is one of the largest thermal baths in Europe.
It has 12 indoor and 3 outdoor pools and several saunas and massage rooms. The temperature of the water that is above 35ºC and the Neo-Gothic building make it one of the essential visits of the city.
The price is 5,600 HUF (18€).
River cruise on the Danube
One of the essential activities in Budapest is to take a boat trip on the Danube.
During the walk you get one of the best views of the Parliament and the price is quite affordable about € 15, there are also options for dinner during the evening walk highly recommended.
Located at the highest point of the city and built in 1854 by the Habsburgs, it is the point where you get the best views of Budapest.
You can visit the interior in which there is a bunker of the Second World War for a price of 1,200 HUF (4€).
Built in 1902 and composed of 7 towers that represent the Magyar tribes that founded the country.
It is the best viewpoint to see the Parliament of Budapest and the city of Pest.