I ♥ Budapest
The Budapest we know today is a city with a long history. The area of the capital has been inhabited for thousands of years. Around the 3rd century BC the Romans conquered the city and since then the Hungarian capital has had a long and eventful history. Budapest is a truly admirable capital and is cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, that is the second oldest line in the world. The city attracts about 2.3 million tourists each year. The Budapest we know today is a good mix of historic buildings and modern architecture.
Budapest is a very lively city with a lot of festivals and events going on during the year. Each year in a row is becoming more and more interesting for the cultural explorer. Our Budapest Event Calendar contains a careful selection of the most prominent Budapest Events for the year. To cover all fields of interests, we have included the following topics in our list: Cultural Events, Classical Music and Popular Music Concerts, Festivals, Events at the Budapest Museums and Spas, Sport Events as well as Fairs and Exhibitions. In each of these topics a short introduction will be given, followed by a list of upcoming events for young and old.
The Hungarian capital has a lot to offer, and yes, you can visit all the individual sights all by yourself. But isn’t it just more interesting if you get some additional information about the buildings or sights history? Or just to get some details you would never have noticed without a professional guide… That’s why we have selected a few of the most interesting sightseeing tours. No matter what your personal interest is, you will find a suitable tour just fit for you. The tours we offer are selected from variable experiences and reliable local tour operators, just to make sure that you get the best possible service while you are in Hungary.
You have booked your flight and hotel chamber successfully, now you are all set for your stay in Budapest one could say. Still there are other arrangements worthwhile considering…
The chosen hotel to reside at can pre-arrange airport transfers, order a taxi or rent a car at a lower cost due to its advance booking. Another advantageous service is the Budapest Card which offers a discount on the majority of the tourist attractions, including free public transport and travel insurance.
At this moment Budapest counts about 60 permanent museum; museum lovers will certainly find a suitable museum for their interest.
Whether you are visiting Budapest for a few days or for a longer period it has for each of you a range of museums and galleries to offer. Budapest has some big museums offering large-scale exhibitions yet there are a good number of smaller, more intimate museums, too. Museums of modern art, contemporary art, open-air museums, name it and Budapest has one or more of these kinds of venues to visit. The Aquincum for example is a real must. A visit to the Hungarian National Gallery is highly recommended.
Often the performances alone promise a memorable experience because Hungarian international stars, singers and violinists who give them all of this are mostly graduates of the Metropolitan Music Academy. Composers such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály and Franz Liszt have helped to shape Europe’s and the world’s music life and teaching methods. Budapest’s concert halls are always bustling with life, as artists from all over the world perform here regularly. Besides this, outdoor musical performances also deserve a special entry.
Budapest holds the title "City of Spas" since the year 1934, as it has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other capital city in the world. There are 118 springs in Budapest, providing over 70 million liters of thermal water a day. The temperature of the waters is between 21 and 78 degrees Celsius. The Romans enjoyed Budapest’s thermal waters as early as the 2nd century, but it was only during the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century that the bath culture really started flourishing.
Today, there are 15 public thermal baths in Budapest; they are very popular with young people from all over the world.
The Catholic Church in Hungary is a part of the worldwide Catholic Church, under the leadership of the Pope. The major part of the Hungarian inhabitants are catholic. Budapest has a whole collection of churches and religious buildings like the St Stephen’s Basilica and the Great Synagogue.
The St Stephens Basilica was named after the country’s first king, St Stephen. It dominates the city skyline and can be seen from most parts of Budapest. The Great Synagogue on the other hand is a non-Christian church; it is the largest synagogue in Europe. During World War two this building was used as a detention centre.
If you think of Hungarian food, the first word that comes into your mind is probably goulash (or Gulyás in Hungrian) but the nations cuisine is much more than this dish. The traditional Hungarian cuisine is among the best and richest in Europe. Budapest has hundreds of traditional Hungarian restaurants that offer tasty food, often accompanied by traditional Gipsy musicians, who come to your table to play Hungarian tunes directly into your ear.
These days every type of cuisine is available in Budapest, so there is a great selection of Italian, French, Chinese and even Mongolian restaurants in the city.
Budapest has several big shopping streets; one of the most important of not the most important shopping areas is the Váci utca and her side streets. In this area you will find the well-known brands such as Salamander, Reebok and marks & Spencer’s. In these shops the articles are generally cheaper then in the West-European countries.