The capital of Hungary, Budapest is one of the largest cities in Europe and often called to be the primate city of the country.
1. Walk along the River Danube. The Danube is Europe’s second longest river. It splits the country into two: Buda and Pest. Rich in history and culture, a walk along the Danube gives you a beautiful glimpse of the city. On the Pest side is the Hungarian Parliament, known for its gothic revival style with a symmetrical facade and a central dome.
2. Be moved by history along Shoes on the Danube. Along the river also on the Pest bank, Shoes on the Danube is a tribute to the victims of World War II. Mounted on the pavement are 60 pairs of iron shoes in memory of the Jews killed during the war.
3. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Szechenyi Baths. What better way to relax than in Europe’s largest thermal bath! Szechenyi Baths offers steam cabins, saunas, and massage therapies apart from its 18 indoor and outdoor geothermal pools. With temperatures 74°C to 77°C (165°F to 171°F) and impressive Neo-baroque architecture, Szechenyi is both calming and impressive. Bathrobes and slippers are not provided and towels are charged with a rental fee. You can avail a discount with a Budapest city card.
4. Visit the House of Terror. This museum contains exhibits related to the history of communist and fascist regimes. Outside the House of Terror is a piece of Berlin Wall. Prepare to be sad afterwards. Since the museum is close to Szechenyi Baths we recommend dropping by here before the Baths.
5. Explore the Buda Castle District. First completed in 1265, Buda Castle was once home and empire to the Hungarian Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains Budapest’s medieval monuments and architecture like Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Old Town Hall.
6. A romantic dinner at Halászbástya Restaurant. Enjoy fancy dining with a panoramic view of the Hungarian Parliament and the Danube from atop the Fisherman’s Bastion. Situated on the Castle Hill, you won’t miss the Fisherman’s Bastion’s seven towers. Fancy, white tablecloth, violinist type of deal but really affordable - we spent about £28 a person with wine, a discount is inclusive with a Budapest city card. Ask for a table by the window at one of the towers or a view. Reservations can be made online.
7. Grab a bite at the Great Market Hall. The largest indoor Market in Budapest, we went here to shop for gifts and souvenirs. We also had a nice meal of sausages, pasta, and pastries! A must-visit!
8. Then cross the Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd). The Great Market Hall is situated at one end of the Liberty Bridge. Alternatively, you can take a longer route and cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, known to be one of Budapest’s most symbolic buildings.
9. And finally embark on an hour hike on Gellert Hill. Offering the best panoramic views of Budapest, Gellert Hill is a bit of a hike up so no high heels! It was snowing when we visited and the path can get steep and slippery. Atop the hill is The Citadel, which used to be a fortress way back in the 1800s. And at the end of The Citadel is the Liberty Statue commemorating Hungary’s liberation from the Nazi rule.
10. Afternoon tea at New York Café. Very elegant but not too pricey, New York Café is a sweet spot for coffee and cake. With its Belle Epoque charm and sophisticated design, you can certainly dress up for a cuppa!
How about a proposal? It was in Budapest where Dexter proposed so Budapest will always hold a special place in our corny hearts! Shout out to our friend Justine for capturing this perfect moment.
Now, that’s a proposal.
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