A city trip to Hungarian Budapest is actually a trip to two cities. Originally, Buda and Pest were independent cities, separated from each other by the river Danube. The two cities had their own character, which can still be seen: Pest is busy and dynamic whereas Buda is calm and relaxed. That provides options…
In Buda, a visit to the Royal Palace on Castle Hill is self-evident. You will not only have a wonderful view across Budapest, but you will also find special museums there: the National Gallery, the Budapest Palace Museum and the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art. This is only a sample of what is offered culturally, as the city houses no less than 225 museums!
An enormous cave system, which can be partially visited from Castle Hill, is located underneath the city. These caves were used to supply the many bath houses with warm water. From Castle Hill it is a delightful stroll through Óbuda, the old city centre. Here you will find narrow and picturesque streets, small shops and coffee houses.
‘Wine of kings’
In Pest there is enough to admire as well. Saint Stephen’s Basilica is beautifully decorated with frescoes and offers space to 8,000 believers. In the Nagycsarnok (Great Market Hall) 180 shops sell all kinds of delicacies, such as foie gras, caviar and various kinds of capsicum. The local wine Tokaji Aszú is sold here as well. According to the people of Budapest this is the ‘wine of kings, the king of wines’. Those who wish to relax can visit one of several bath houses. The Városliget (City Park) is also popular. In this green space you will find, among others, a zoo, an amusement park and three museums.
Together as one
Although once separated, Buda and Pest form a wonderful unity. It is an attractive destination that culture lovers in particular will enjoy.