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A Quick Guide to Budapest

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Founded in 896, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe and boasts a diverse culture and hectic history. The Hungarian capital of Budapest has recently emerged as a jewel of Eastern Europe and once you go, it’s not hard to see why!

The city is split by the mighty Danube River into two halves – Buda, where you can stroll through the winding, cobblestone streets of the medieval quarters, and Pest, where you can mingle in bustling crowds and marvel at the magnificent neo-gothic architecture of the Parliament building.

Here are a few of our favorite tips and tricks to help make your stay in Budapest an unforgettable one!

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

  • Currency: Hungarian Forint
    • *Note: Denominations are large and it is easy to mix up bills. Be sure to double-check your payments!
  • Population: About 10 million people
  • Thermal Spas: Hungary is home to more than 450 public baths. For about $15, you can soak away your stress… alongside a crowd of other people.

WHAT TO SEE:

Parliament Building: One of Europe’s most architecturally striking buildings, the Parliament building lies on the Pest side of the city, right on the edge of the Danube. A cruise down the river at night is a great way to see the building in all its grandeur.

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Buda Castle: Take the funicular up to the top of Castle Hill to explore the castle grounds and the charming restaurants, cafes and historic sites in the surrounding district. budapest-1814953_1920

Fisherman’s Bastion: The lookout towers offer sweeping views of the city. It’s an ideal place to capture that perfect snapshot.

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Matthias Church: Just beneath the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church, or The Church of Our Lady, has been the site of many famed coronations including that of Charles IV, the final Habsburg king.

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Chain Bridge: This landmark was the first permanent bridge connecting Buda and Pest. Don’t miss the chance to stroll across it at night when it is brightly illuminated!

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