Budapest is heavenly beautiful. It really exceeded my expectations and I fell in love with its natural beauty and the hungarian charm of Budapest. It has numerous historic and cultural sights that makes a beguiling mixture of old and modern world. Aside from that, Hungarian people were so nice and helpful too; they were genuinely happy to help and assist us. The Hungarian foods were really tasty too and I find it tad similar to some Filipino dishes like their goulash, a Hungarian soup with chunks of beef, vegetable and spices, and pörkölt, a meat stew made with tomato, paprika and several ingredients.
There are numerous places to see in Budapest but here are my top sights that you should not miss.
1. Fisherman's Tiberion (Halászbástya)
You really have to go up to the Fisherman's Bastion because it has the most spectacular view of the Danube River and a grand panaroma of the city itself. There is also a cafe and a restaurant where you can grab a coffee or hot chocolate to warm you up a bit.
2. Matthias Church
This Roman Catholic Church is considered as one of the best landmarks in Budapest. It is just in front of Fisherman's Bastion.
3. Buda Castle
This massive castle is just a walking distance from Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. It has also a magnificent panoramic view of the city. The castle is obviously enormous and it will definitely take up an entire day to explore it.
4. Hungarian Parliament Building or Az Országház (House of Nation)
The Hungarian parliament is the 3rd largest parliament in the world. This huge parliament is clearly inspired by Neo-gothic architecture which I really admire. The parliament is on the banks of Danube river and it is close to the Shoes on the Danube Bank, a memorial that commemorates those 60 jews who were executed along this riverbank during WWII.
5. Széchenyi Chain Bridge
This bridge is the second beautiful bridge I have ever seen. It is also one of the best known landmarks in Budapest that you definitely should not miss. This is just a 10-minute walk from the Parliament.
6. Hosok Tere (Heroes Square)
This is the largest and major square in Budapest. The center features the valuable national leaders and seven chieftains of the Magyars. Hosok Tere is very close to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art.
A gigantic outdoor Ice Skating Rink at Varosliget Park is just a 5-minute walk from Hosok Tere.
If you are looking for the main Christmas market in Budapest, it is located in Vörösmarty Tér.
- Magyar Állami Operaház (Hungarian State Opera House)
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Margaret Island
BUDAPEST TAXI ADVICES
1. If you stay in a hotel or have eatern in a restaurant, ask them to call a taxi for you as it is sometimes difficult to find a taxi in the streets especially if it is not the main road.
2. Do not get a taxi with no company logo on it. They usually ask you to pay more especially for tourists. The best taxi company as suggested by the locals is "City Taxi"
3. Download the app "TAXI4" on your phone before coming to Budapest. It is like the UBER in Budapest and the good thing about it is that you can actually pay after they drop you off.