Sarah Kershaw, the journalist of Daily Express visited Budapest and fell in love with the history, the beautiful buildings and the cosmopolitan beating heart of the city. In her recent article she highlighted the best sights in the capital and came to the conclusion that Budapest should be on everyone’s must-visit list.
She believes that the best way to start your journey is to visit one of the historical baths and relax after your flight. As you soak yourself in the thermal water of the imposing Gellért Bath, you realise that people in the Roman era already knew the gist of rejuvenation.
The article also reflects on the turbulent past of the city caused by – among others – the German and Soviet occupations. However, as a tourist you feel that city already processed the horrific events and developed a new, fun-loving attitude. This is best demonstrated by the famous ruin bars, which are ideal for a night out. One of the most popular is Szimpla Kert with its bric-a-brac decoration and shady courtyard.
In case you’d prefer a bit more fancy way of entertainment, then visit one of the old literary coffeehouses. The most famous and glamorous one is the New York Café. It is believed that famous Hungarian writer Ferenc Molnár threw its keys into the Danube on the opening night, so that it would stay open forever.
When it comes to accommodation, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest is a great choice. It is said that it was the inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. The services fulfill all needs. The hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie and Atrium is a chic experience – you should definitely try their goulash.
If you’d like to learn a bit more about the history, which is the key to understand a culture, visit the House of Terror on the beautiful Andrássy Avenue. You can learn about the fascist and communist regimes there. Another historical memorial is the sculpture Shoes On The Danube Bank, a tribute to the Jewish people who were shot on the banks of the river.
The article also recommends walking across one of the many bridges and exploring the Castle District. Buy some ice cream or a drink and “admire the panoramic views of the Danube and Pest’s Art Nouveau and neo-Renaissance architecture and make plans to come back again and explore more of this city’s hidden gems”.
Ten things you must do in Budapest:
- Ride the funicular up Castle Hill
- Visit the Hungarian National Museum and the Pinball Museum
- Have a drink in one of the ruin bars of the Jewish Quarter
- Try pálinka, a traditional alcoholic beverage
- Visit one of the historic baths of Budapest
- Try local dishes like goulash, lángos, Dobos cake or sponge cake
- Admire the architecture
- Visit the Great Market Hall
- Go for a walk on Andrássy Avenue
- See the Shoes On The Danube Bank memorial