Everyone of us was in Budapest sometime, at least for a layover for another train or flight. If you haven’t been here yet, I don’t know what are you waiting for, goulash is ready!. And when I say goulash,besides the dish that everyone adores, I mean a mix of places that you surely must visit.
If you didn’t know, but I doubt, Budapest arose out of two little cities, Buda on the right coast of Danube and Pest on the left. Lot of people claim that it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Let’s get through most interesting sights that you’ll find on the map:
After long trip on train, you’ll wish to just get some rest and chill a bit. Many tourists come here just because of traditional Hungarian thermal spas. Most famous is certanly Gellert Spa which you can see on many tourist pictures in presentations of Budapest. It is located within hotel with the same name, that exist since 1918. With thermal pool, here you can enjoy in thermal massages and medical treatments. Second spa, also famous is the one with thermal pool named Szechenyi Spa. It is placed inside of baroque building in the u city park, you can’t miss it. Unlike first one, these pools are thus bigger. Or if you prefer orient ones, there is third one – Rudas, also beautiful. Built in 1550. During the Ottoman empire. Inside of these walls there is 6 pools for therapy and one for swimming. Before you visit this one, make sure you find out which days are for men and which for women set to be guests. You decide on your own how many time you will spend here enjoying, but make sure you get enough rest for walk on the streets of this beautifu town.
Something we’ve first noticed walking down the streets are graffiti on the buildings, pretty similar to ones you can see in Belgrade. Actually that are not real graffiti, more some scribbling of local boys. We’ve noticed old store and buildings, spirit of some langsyne which this city still hasn’t forgot, as it seems. There are yellow tramways. But the new one too. Modern, probably longest that I’ve ever seen in whole Europe. Next step is Parlament building. Ofcourse, one most striking, most beautiful building on Danube. With it’s size, massiveness and powerfull appearance, it absolutely dominates upon whole the environment. You must look at it closer but also from the other side of the river from where you can see whole this beautiful gothic structure. It’s also not bad to board on some of the boats to see whole coasts of Buda and Pest from river. Not so sure if it’s prettier during the day or at night when the lights go on. Interior of this building is whole different story but that is the thing you should judge on your own when you see it.
Danube in Budapest looks like big canal which cuts the heart of the city. There is one more beautiful building that at first seem ordinary, but when you enter inside through these small door, you will just have one thing on your mind „WOW“! Department store „Parisi Udvar“. Your eyes will be stick on the ceiling for a couple minutes, you will enjoy in every piece of glass inside the building. You will also enjoy the pieces of the wood, iron, marble. The only thing you would not enjoy is shopping, cause nobody sells here anymore. You will experience history, much better feeling than the first one.
Bridges are something that adorn this town and surely everyone of us has seen even just on pictures some of these gorgeous buildings that connect Buda and Pest, specially famous bridge with lions. When it comes to lions, something that we always remember is the legend which says that artist that made those lions, jumps into the Danube because he forgot to add them a thoungs. But that’s just a legend, lions do have thoung but it’s just not visible from earth. They are sitting their since 1849 and they guard the bridge, which has had rivers and rivers of turist across and under it. Just on the end of the bridge there’s one more interesting construction, Academy of Science in Budapest. Interesting renaissance structure, with plenty of details and golden letters that say „MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA“. Unfortunatelly, there’s no organized tour of inside of the building, but you can stop for a moment in front of it and imagine what’s hidden behind those doors. Surely isn’t less impressive that the exterior.When you finish you’re trip through the inside, turn left and carry on slowly along the lions,across the bridge. Stop for the moment, somewhere in the middle of Danube, let the wind carry you. Look at Buda, above you’ll see royal palace with little romantic meandering little streets around it. What is better to visit first, we were not so sure, but we made the right choise. Two hours spent inside made us so tired that we enjoyed sitting in one of the cosy little cafes located in those little meandering streets that we mentioned.
Castle from 13. century after the fire in World War II was renovated. But that’s the story fo itself. Actually, great story lies behind of its walls. Presidential residency, couple of museums and lots of souvenirs is something you’ll find here, of ocures besides exciting architectu. Be ready for lot of tourist around you, Except if it’s raining or a really cold weather. Otherwise it’s full, especially when you want to get closer to some of viewpoints from fortress which gives you amazing view on the town. Best place rof view like that is every step in you will make after you decide for a cup of warm tea in any of inns next to the palace.
How to get to Budapest by car
Hungary has 5 motorways and 4 main roads, eight start from Budapest (exception: main road No. 8). For using the following motorways you have to buy a motorway sticker: M1, M3, M5, M6 and M7 (available at border crossing points and at petrol stations).
The Hungarian Highway Code (KRESZ) is based on the Vienna and Geneva Convention, and as such traffic signs and road markings are similar to those found in other European countries. However, it is important to highlight a few important traffic regulations that visitors to Hungary must observe at all times: use of seatbelts in the front and rear seats are compulsory; only mobile phones fitted with loudspeaker or headset microphone may be used in cars, and it is recommended that drivers making or receiving a call pull over to the side of the road in a safe area; drivers may not consume any alcohol before driving, and drunk drivers can be fined upwards of HUF 300,000 (€ 1000); the speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 90 km/h, on main roads 110 km/h and on motorways 130 km/h; use of the horn in towns is only permitted in moments of danger (despite which, unfortunately, Hungarian drivers frequently use their horns without proper reason).