The beautiful capital of Hungary, Budapest, is one of the most popular destinations Because of its many wonders. His amalgam of styles and cultures has earned him the nickname "the pearl of the Danube", a river that separates the two halves of the city. But we must not forget for centuries there were really two cities: the regal Buddha and the aristocratic Pest.
Activities to relax
Budapest offers the wonderful opportunity to dedicate part of the visit to pleasant and relaxing activities. Want to meet them?
Cruises on the Danube
One of the most recommended activities is to make a beautiful cruise on the Danube to the light of the Moon. Some boats offer dinner on board, with the option of having a cocktail afterwards. It is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to get to know this city, at night and, of course, also during the day.Budapest - Boris Stroujko / Shutterstock.com
On both sides of the river, some of the most prominent domes stand out, such as the Basilica of St. Stephen or the Great Synagogue.
As wellWe will pass under the famous Chain Bridge, an icon of the city that joins the Pest shore in the eastern part with Buda, in the western part.Chain Bridge - Dziewul / Shutterstock.com
«Budapest is the city of beautiful bridges and unforgettable early morning»
Tour the islands
Between both banks of the Danube we find several islands that are worth knowing. The most popular is Margarita Island, a green heart of enormous beauty thanks to its parks, gardens and, ultimately, its biodiversity.
One of its biggest attractions is the zoo, with a great variety of birds. Another attraction that we cannot miss is its fountains, especially the Musical Fountain, in which water moves to the rhythm of music, in addition to emitting lights.Water Tower - Balazs Toth / Shutterstock.com
It is also essential to approach Torre del Agua, an Art Deco building declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
One of the great cultural and social legacies of Budapest is the use of Spa. In total it is estimated that there are more than 100 thermal baths, both natural and artificial. Some of them have a huge set of swimming pools, hot tubs and saunas in buildings that look like majestic palaces.Szechenyi Spa - Luuk from Kok / Shutterstock.com
Different areas They have swimming pools for all tastes, from 8ºC to over 40ºC. However, not all of them are mixed, so if we go as a couple, we must take special care and ask first, since once inside, we will be in completely separate areas.
Strolling through the beautiful streets of Budapest will give us an approximate idea of its enormous length and its mix of architectural styles.
One of the first stops should be the impressive Parliament, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.Parliament - TTstudio / Shutterstock.com
Located on the banks of the Danube and with a dome that exceeds 100 meters, it has about 700 rooms. Inside we can admire from frescoes to the crown jewels. As a curiosity it should be noted that it was the largest building of its time, something that can be seen as soon as you enter its reception.
Another formidable building that appears above the rest of the domes is the Great Synagogue, nicknamed that way for being the largest in Europe and the second in the world.
Built in the mid-19th century, its architecture presents an amalgam of styles Among which is the Neomorisk, Byzantine or Gothic. It is located in the Jewish quarter, a place worth knowing.Great Synagogue - Asaf Eliason / Shutterstock.com
In the vicinity of this synagogue is the Jewish cementary, in which more than 2,000 people rest.
It is another essential visit. A huge enclosure raised in honor of the fallen in the First World War. In it you can see the statues of the leaders of the seven tribes who founded Hungary.Heroes' Square - polartern / Shutterstock.com
One of the great elevations that appear on the banks of the Danube is the so-called Castle Hill. To get an idea of its magnificence, we must point out that it was residence of the kings of Hungary for several centuries.Buda Castle - S-F / Shutterstock.com
Currently, it is one of the most characteristic images of the city.Especially advisable to approach your surroundings at night, moment in which they illuminate their facade. In its surroundings, we will find small churches and charming alleys that will give us another image of the city.
By last, you cannot leave Budapest without enjoying its tasty cuisine, with some of the most famous dishes in the world, as with its goulash soup, Hungarian recipe widely imported worldwide. Its ingredients include a wide variety of vegetables, as well as meat. However, one of the fundamentals that give it flavor is paprika or paprika.Goulash - Karl Allgaeuer / Shutterstock.com
As well their stews and stews stand out, as well as broths of all kinds. An example of this is the Pörköit. And as dessert nothing better than its caramel cake, the Dobostorta.
Budapest is a city where you can enjoy every moment of the day and that offers attractions for all tastes. The really complicated thing can be to enjoy all the possibilities of this wonderful city in just a few days.