Often, when we think of Europe we picture London, Paris and Amsterdam. While Hungary’s capital city of Budapest may not have gained the notoriety of some of its Western counterparts, this stunning city offers a taste of Europe in everything from historic castles to beautifully manicured parks.
Located on the banks of the Danube River, Budapest dates back to the 13th century and was the site of a number of conflicts. Today, Budapest is a flourishing cosmopolitan city with lots to see. Take a bus or walk up the banks of the Danube and explore the exquisite Buda Castle perched high on the hill. With medieval gothic styling, a terrace overlooking the city and even a maze – this enormous castle cannot be missed. Then, check out the Faust Wine Cellar in the castle district. Taste local wines and even try Palinka – a traditional fruit brandy.
Cruising down the river you can experience some of Budapest’sother famous sites from a different perspective. Float past the stunning parliament building and stop off at Margaret Island. Here you can enjoy a picnic or cool off in the largest open air swimming complex in the city at Palatinus Water Park. If you’re looking to relax be sure to visit one of the cities many traditional baths. Unwind in naturally heated thermal pools or enjoy a relaxing massage.
By night, Budapest becomes a vibrant city with wild dance clubs, restaurants featuring food from all around the world and, of course, great local beer and wine. You can enjoy a romantic dinner on cobblestoned patios, stroll through one of the cities many parks or dance until the sun comes up.
Often overlooked on many a traveller’s itinerary, Budapest is a true European city that should not be missed. And, as the Hungarian Forint is still the local currency and not the Euro– you’ll be sure to get more bang for your buck!