Budapest is Hungary’s capital and largest city with a population in excess of 1.7 million residents. Additionally, it is Hungary’s principal cultural, commercial, industrial, political, and transportation center and covers an area of roughly 525 square miles. Based on the culture and history of the city, it is oftentimes regarded as one of the most target tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. However, the primary allure is the beautiful Danube River as it gracefully meanders its way through the city.
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If you are planning a trip there and have never visited the city before, the following are some suggestions for the top 7 sights in Budapest to put on your itinerary:
The Castle District – fine cafés, historic monuments, and museums are the standard in this part of Budapest. Additionally, the many bridges over the Danube, the Matthias Church, and the Royal Palace are also located here in this region of the city. Visit the Fisherman’s Bastion if you want to see the most spectacular panoramas that Budapest has to offer the tourist.
Festival of Folk Arts – usually occurring during the 3rd week in August each year, this is a 3-day festival that is fun for the entire family featuring the best of what Hungarian culture has to offer the visitor.
International Wine and Champagne Festival – as the name implies, this is the best of the best where the wines of the region and champagne tasting are concerned. It occurs towards the end of summer in mid-September.
Pálinka & Sausage Festival – one of the best festivals to take in as the days are getting cool and crisp in October. The event takes place at Budapest’s Royal Palace on the Savoya Terrance.
The Chain Bridge – the Széchenyi Lánchíd or Chain Bridge is one of Budapest’s most popular attractions with the locals and visitors alike. The stone constructed bridge with its lion bridgeheads has been standing since it was built during the middle of the 19th century. The Summer Chain Bridge Festival is held on weekends throughout the months of July and August and is a must-see event.
The Danube Promenade – part of the World Heritage Program sponsored by UNESCO, the Danube Promenade is a walk along the famous and serene river. The locals call it Duna Korzó and offers spectacular views of one of Europe’s most loved rivers.
Gellert Hill – one of the most gorgeous green spots in all of Budapest, Gellert Hill is a favorite of locals and of tourists as well. Take any of the winding trails or walkways up to the crest of the hill and explore the Citadella, the fortress ruins. Numerous flowery parks and groves provide a wide array of color at this attraction.
Hotels in Budapest
Hotel Mercure Budapest Buda
Average Price: €39
Average Rating: 8.7
Expo Congress Hotel
Average Price: €42
Average Rating: 8.0
Hotel Erzsébet City Center
Average Price: €48
Average Rating: 8.0