If you are in Budapest’s central area, either on the Buda or Pest side, you must visit these iconic places – they are the symbol of the city and Hungary as well. The Parliament building was built in a neo-Gothic style, and its resemblance to the British parliament is not incidental, since the latter inspired the designer. Have a walk on Buda side of the Danube to be able to take a charming photo. And if you are in Buda, don’t miss the Fisherman’s Bastion – with its fairytale towers it provides a beautiful view of Pest and the Danube. The easiest way between these two features – the Parliament and the Fisherman’s Bastion – is to walk across on the Chain Bridge. Guarded by two stone lions, this bridge takes you back into the 19th century. Rumor has it that these lions don’t have tongues – you can check for yourself!
A panoramic view from the slow and majestic Danube, with an optional stay on Margaret Island for a very reasonable price. Offering boats day and night, this trip can be a unique experience during your stay in Budapest. If you prefer to stay on the shore, tram number 2 runs through a scenic route right next to the Danube, stopping at various sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Address: Dock 7 Jane Haining rakpart, Budapest phone +36 1 317 22 03
Perhaps one of the most famous streets in Budapest, Váci street offers a lot to see. The area is famous for having gorgeous buildings but very pricey shops, as well as luxurious restaurants, elegant stores, antique shops, and no traffic (it is a pedestrian zone). It’s an ideal place to have a nice walk and to do some window shopping. Don’t miss the beautiful buildings like the Thonet house either.
Fancy to get to know the real taste of Hungary? Under the Dominican UNESCO World Heritage Cloister there is a superb chance waiting for you. Hungary is a famous wine producing country; usually you won’t find any wines in any shops other than Hungarian varieties. It’s not surprising, then, that around 80 wines from this rich country and 30 sorts of pálinka (schnapps) are battling to quench any curious tourist’s thirst.
There is really everything that can be desired – Michelin starred non-plus ultra (Onyx), paradise for meat-lovers (KNRDY), Mexican fast food (Burrita), Hungarian bistro (Kispiac), a premium bakery with French tastes (á table!), quality pasta-focused street food (PASTA.), five-star café (Alibi), bonbon manufacturer (Cadeau), world famous patisserie (Gerbeaud) and so on. Whether you’re looking for international or traditional Hungarian food, you can find anything to your taste!
Opened in 2013 after a long dispute between the municipality and the constructor, this curious and out-of-the-way building awaits great and small into its huge belly. You cannot miss noticing this enormous glass building on the Pest side of the Danube, and, referring to its shape, it soon became Bálna, meaning whale. It is a cultural, entertainment and commercial center and hosts the Budapest Gallery as well. There is an antique and design market on Sundays, individual shops (like a handmade beer pub, a vernacular store, bars and cafés) that are opened each day, Belgian beer festival and spring festival in specific times. Definitely a fun day out!
Opening hours: 10 am – 10 pm
Address: Fővám tér – 11-12, Budapest +36 30 418 5805