Budapest is the Hungarian capital and offers numerous sights that are definitely worth a visit. We have decided to take a weekend trip to explore the city. In three days you will be able to visit some of the most important sights and collect some nice memories.
Budapest is a city I didn’t really have on my screen until now and which wasn’t necessarily on my Travel-Bucket List. I had already heard from many sides that Budapest was a beautiful city, even one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. When I got a super cheap offer for a trip to Budapest, I booked this trip immediately after a short consultation with my treasure. Now that we have returned from this trip, I can say that I have also been caught! In any case, I fell in love with the city a little bit.
Facts about Budapest
Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. With an area of 525 km² and approximately 1.7 million inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in the European Union. The municipality of Budapest was founded in 1873 after the merger of the districts of Buda, Óbuda and Pest. These districts are separated from the Danube by 11 bridges. Especially the banks of the Danube, both in the west and in the east, offer a lot of sights.
There are plenty of ways to get to Budapest. The city is easy to reach by plane and is also served by many cheap airlines. Budapest can also be easily reached by bus or train. If you prefer a more personal approach, you can also reach Budapest by car. Parking is available everywhere and many parking spaces are even free on weekends.
Overnight stay in Budapest
In Budapest there are countless hotels, apartments and even flats which can be rented for overnight stays. From outstanding 5 star hotels with a long tradition to party accommodation you can find everything here. In the district of Pest there is a lot more life and we were recommended a hotel in this district. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the cleanliness of our hotel and the location was a bit off the beaten track, so I can’t recommend it to you.
The best time for a city trip to Budapest
The weather in Budapest hardly differs from the weather in Austria. In spring, however, it gets warm a little earlier and in autumn the temperatures are a little longer pleasant. The winter in Budapest is very cold and in summer it can get very hot. The most pleasant weather is here, in any case in spring or autumn. At the beginning of May we made an absolute hit, because while it was cold and rainy at home, we had fantastic weather with sunshine and summerly temperatures in Budapest. April, May, June as well as September and October are the best months for a city trip.
Eating and drinking in Budapest
The food in Budapest is consistently hearty and heavy. The most famous dish here is goulash soup, the absolute national dish, which you must try. For the sweet tooth there is also a lot of sweet stuff in Budapest, bakeries tempt with delicious chocolate croissants and also the famous Baumkuchen you have to try. At every second corner you will also find a fast food shop. KFC, Subway, MC Donalds and Burger King are strongly represented here in any case and, as you can see in passing, also in great demand.
Activities and sights in Budapest
There are a lot of sights worth seeing in Budapest and in order to see as much as possible in a short time, one should think in advance about what one absolutely wants to see and how best to get to these sights. The public transport network in Budapest is perfectly developed. There is the subway, the tram and numerous buses. There is also the famous Hop On Hop Off Bus.
If you plan to travel a lot by public transport and want to visit a few museums, the Budapest Card is the best choice. This card is available for 1 – 5 days. You can book the card online and leave it at your hotel before you start your journey. Since we arrived by car in the morning, we always went to the part of town we wanted to visit that day, looked for a parking space there and then walked back and forth between the individual sights.
The Gellért mountain – the most beautiful view over Budapest
You can get the best overview of Budapest from Gellértberg. For this you have to take a short hike, but the view rewards you for this effort. The Gellértberg is also home to Budapest’s Statue of Liberty.
The Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church
The Fishermen’s Bastion is a neo-Romanesque monument. It rises on the castle hill and offers a wonderful view of the Pest district. The pointed stone towers are a very popular photo motif in Hungary and are reminiscent of a medieval castle. The Matthias Church, built in Romanesque style, is located in the immediate vicinity of the Fishermen’s Bastion. A Roman Catholic church in which Emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sissi were crowned King and Queen of Hungary.
Budapest’s first and oldest bridge is the Chain Bridge, which connects Buda and Pest. This bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Budapest and you should definitely cross it on your trip to Budapest. Also the Liberty Bridge is one of the most famous bridges and is visited by many tourists.
The Hungarian Parliament
The Parliament, which is more reminiscent of a castle or a cathedral, is one of the most famous sights of the Hungarian capital. The parliament is located directly at the Danube on the Pest side and impresses with its beauty. The best view of this gem is from the opposite side of the Danube, the Buda district.
The Central Market Hall
The Central Market Hall is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. Here, countless souvenirs are sold, but also the locals come to the hall to buy fruit, vegetables and meat.
Shoes on the banks of the Danube
There are 60 pairs of metal shoes on the east bank of the Danube in the district of Pest. A memorial commemorating the execution of the persecuted Jews in World War II. Countless innocent people were shot here and thrown into the river.
Tips and worth knowing
There is no Euro in Budapest, so you have to change your money. Since there are many ATMs on the spot, you don’t have to change before you start your journey. We paid for everything with a card, so we didn’t have to change money or visit an ATM.
If you also feel like wellness during your sightseeing trip, then visit one of the thermal baths in Budapest. The Hungarian capital is famous for its many thermal baths.
If you arrive by car, it can really pay off if you bring your own bike. Because if you don’t want to cover countless kilometres on foot, you can get around with a bike. Bicycles are available for hire at many locations in Budapest, but they are said to be quite complicated and ultimately very expensive. Unfortunately, we didn’t think about taking our bikes with us before our arrival, but we would have been happy about this tip in advance.