Budapest city breaks are truly something to fall in love with. This majestic city has so much to offer its visitors from stunning architecture, outdoor thermal baths and a wonderfully unique nightlife. Walk around Budapest, discover its amazing sights and you’ll want to come back again. If you haven’t had a trip to Hungary’s capital just yet, let us tempt you. We’ve got a few reasons why Budapest is the destination of our choice and why it should be added to your list of city breaks too. This is why we love Budapest…
The stunning architecture
Budapest is known for its wonderful pieces of architecture and constructions. Many of the buildings in the city have been influenced by a Gothic style, creating tall spires, towers and striking exteriors. Buda Castle is simply stunning. Walk around the grounds and explore its lush, colourful gardens, and appreciate the Hungarian National Gallery which can be found inside. The Fisherman’s Bastion is yet another beautiful building. Originally a fortress built in the 19th-century, the Fisherman’s Bastion has seven lookout towers which provide scenic views of the city. Finally, Matthias Church is a must-see during your Budapest city break. It’s a Roman Catholic church built in the 14th century with a late Gothic design. These aren’t the only wonderful buildings you will come across in Hungary’s capital, as you will come across even more during your travels.
Hungary has had Roman and Turkish cultural influences over the years and some of these cultural highlights can be found across the country’s capital. Budapest has many spots which offer thermal baths which have enticed locals and tourists alike over the years. Some are indoor, some are outdoor, but whatever location you choose for your thermal bath experience, you’ll have a fun time relaxing or splashing around. Budapest’s baths are ideal in the summer as some include swimming pools. But they are perfect for the winter as it gives you a chance to warm up. There are a number of thermal baths to choose from, but Szechenyi and Gellert are a couple of the most popular ones.
If you’re looking for a unique experience when it comes to nightlife in Budapest, you’re in for a treat. ‘What are ruin bars?’, you ask. Well, they’re a relatively new concept, having been around since 2001 with the initiation of the first ruin bar – Szimpla Kert. These bars have resurrected old, abandoned buildings which were left in ruins after World War II. The majority can be found in District VII in Budapest which is the old Jewish Quarter. Even if you don’t drink, these hip and trendy bars will offer you a unique atmosphere and experience.
The Chain Bridge
This bridge is an iconic structure within Budapest, not only for becoming the first stone-bridge that connected Buda and Pest, but also adding an essence of beauty to the city, and the most well-known bridge in the capital. Believe it or not, the bridge is a lovely sight to see in Budapest, especially at night when it is lit up. It provides a stunning backdrop across the River Danube and offers convenience around the capital.
As before mentioned, the Chain Bridge provides wonderful views of the Danube River. But, if you’d rather cycle or walk along the river, that’s always great too and it can be a very peaceful and quiet activity which allows you to soak up the atmosphere and views of Budapest. In addition, you can take a boat along the River Danube making an even more comfortable and tranquil day out, exploring Budapest in all its glory.