Budapest is the largest city in Hungary and one of the largest ones in the European Union. It serves as a political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation hub for Hungary. Budapest is a beautiful city that is jam-packed with sights and attractions, in particular showcasing fine examples of Ottoman architecture.
If you are a Muslim traveller who is planning to visit Budapest, there are some things you have to be prepared for upon your arrival in Budapest. Please take some notes before you book your flight ticket to Budapest. Major airlines such as Emirates, Saudi Airlines, British Airways fly to the city multiple times a week, guaranteeing easy access from any point of departure.
What kind of culture can you expect to find in Budapest?
In Budapest, the most prominent religion among the population is Roman Catholic (37.2%). Of the remaining population, 11.6% identify as Calvinist, 2.2% identify as Lutheran, 1.8% identify as Greek Catholic and 1.9% identify with some other religion.
Budapest is a reasonably safe city for all visitors from all walks of life as the law guarantees religious freedom in Budapest.
It’s turning out to be a popular destination for Muslim travellers for its gorgeous sights and interesting blend of cultures. Travellers looking for an artistic side of the city can enjoy folk crafts such as embroidery, decorated pottery, and carvings in museums and art centers around the city. Budapest is also known for its flavor of Hungarian music which includes classical and baroque works, as well as folk, modern pop, and Roma music.
Can you find halal food easily in Budapest?
Muslim tourists can dine at a number of Halal restaurants in Budapest. These restaurants offer a wide range of cuisines, from Pakistani to Persian, Turkish, and Middle Eastern.
For example, you can enjoy yourself at Al-Amir restaurant, which is known as the best place to taste Aleppo kebab, which is a minced lamb kebab, and scrumptious Hummus Bairouti. Let’s also not forget about the infamous delicious chicken doner and Turkish tea from Titiz. Titiz is a Turkish restaurant that’s quite popular amongst tourists as well as locals. If you are longing for some delicious Indian food, The Curry House is also one of the best halal restaurants in Budapest that attract Muslim and non Muslim fans.
There are also a couple of Halal meat shops in Budapest, ideal for tourists who prefer to prepare their own meals.
How hard is it to find mosques in Budapest?
There are many mosques across Budapest, along with prayer rooms and Islamic centres. One prominent mosque is the Darussalam Masjid, located near Bertalan Lajos Street, to the right of the Chinese restaurant.
The mosque receives a large number of visitors and is the only mosque in town that provides an English-speaking caretaker to visitors who do not speak Arabic or Hungarian.
What should you visit in Budapest?
Budapest is famous for its beautiful architectures, mostly from the 14th or 15th centuries, which can be found in almost every corner of the city. Some of the most common architectural styles found here are of the Art Nouveau, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque varieties.
Budapest’s Turkish baths are particularly popular: a unique intersection of oriental structures with modern-day amenities. You will also be able to make use of a traditional Turkish warm thermal spring.
Keep in mind that you should take a shower first before entering the bath because washing before bathing is compulsory. Bathing suits are mandatory.
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