Budapest is known as the Queen of the Danube. This is a wonderful city with historic buildings, beautiful bridges over the river and tree-lined avenues. City elegant, romantic spirit, one of the most culturally rich in Europe.
We were delighted with neogothic Parliament buildings, cafes and Hungarian cuisine, concerts of classical and traditional music and the cobbled streets of medieval quarters. Most tourists who come to Budapest to choose a cruise on the Danube and a thermal bath in one of the Turkish baths at the time.
Originally two cities were built on both sides of the Danube, Buda and Pest. Today remain distinct, with cobbled streets and the houses of colored district of Buda and Pest with its elegant style commercial area with shops and boulevards. And is that Budapest is an amalgam of styles developed over time that will captivate you.
Visits in Budapest:
Let’s start our visit to Budapest in the Buda district, closer to the Royal Palace, which dates from the thirteenth century. For 700 years it was the Hungarian royal residence, and offers a mix of architectural styles from Gothic to Baroque. Today it houses the Historical Museum of Budapest, the Hungarian National Gallery, National Library and the Museum Ludwig.
Nearby, on the walls of the medieval castle is the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, built in 1905. These are very decorative walls, with its white turrets. In front of them the equestrian statue of King Stephen, founder of the Hungarian nation. The best thing about this place is the view of the Danube, the Chain Bridge and the Parliament buildings. Top night, love.
At the heart of this neighborhood is the Church of Our Lady, popularly known as the Church of King Matthias. It was built 700 years ago and is noted for its multicolored tile roofs and, and as the venue for the coronation of Hungarian kings. Mosque was at the time that the Muslims ruled Budapest. The interior is rich, with altars, statues and rosettes. Inside the church you can visit the Museum and the crypt.
Come down the cobbled streets of this neighborhood, to the famous Chain Bridge, the first stone bridge was built over the Danube. Nine arches linking the districts of Buda and Pest, and her image is the symbol of the city. It was built by the same architect who built the London Bridge and was opened in 1849. At the foot of the bridge is the kilometer zero of the city.
Crossed this bridge to the other side of the Danube, the district of Pest, close to first place in the Great Synagogue, more specifically in the Jewish quarter. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world, with more than 3000 seats. Built in 1859, and will highlight its golden domes and splendid interior, making it one of the great monuments of the city.
If you continue to walk until we reach the parliament buildings, one of the most beautiful in the world. With its red dome and white stone, saves precious treasures in its interior, with statues, columns, and crown the first king of Hungary, more than 1000 years.
A time to talk about the nightlife of Budapest, we have to say that the city does not imitate Western models. And that is original is to spend the night in some of the terraces of the cafes or pubs, always surrounded by gardens. These areas are often called kertek, which translates literally to “gardens”, which is very typical of all the bars in Budapest.
One of the best places to start the night, having a beer, is Liszt Ferenc Square. It is filled with quiet bars, where they heard relaxing music, such as Incognito and the Mediterranean Cafe. A similar environment is found in the Plaza San Esteban. Here we approach Holduvar, a very good ballroom.
If you want you can bring to the port area, such as Crazy Cafe, Oscar American Bar or Piaf. Something more unique is the barge on the Danube, as the party room or the A38 Klub Vittula. The clubs are the best known summer Buddha Beach Club and Mokka Cuka.
The best thing is to get to Budapest by Budapest Ferihegy International Airport, 16 kilometers southeast of the city. There is a bus running from the airport to the city center every 30 minutes. There is also a minibus service if the buses are filled. The 93 bus goes from the airport to the nearest subway station.
Transportation in Budapest:
Budapest has an extensive, cheap and efficient public transport system, including metro, tram, buses, trolley buses and trains. Most lines end their journey at 2330 hours, although there is a night service until 05.00 in the morning. There are only three subway lines, but perfectly cover all parts of the city.
Trams are the best for exploring the area shopping boulevards. The electric trolley buses or buses operating in the district of Pest, and are useful for trips not covered by the metro. It’s best to travel, if you are going to be several days, is the ticket three days for any transport. Eye, yes, with taxis, which usually have many who are illegal. Legal taxis should have a yellow number plate, and to display their charges and the counter on.