Two cities , Buda and Pest divided by the elegant Danube River weaved together fashions the city we know as Budapest. Each half, Buda on the western bank & Pest on the eastern bank has an overt distinct character that makes it hard for you choose your favourite half. However, keep your senses primed and everything about this rustic city will muse you no bounds. Buda & Pest is connected by several bridges, the first and most famous of them being the Chain Bridge built in 1849. Housing the world’s most beautiful cafe, a parliament building that will leave you with a newfangled interest in politics, cruises that will leave your eyes parched in delight and local beer brews that won’t leave your tastebuds for a good while, Budapest is an explorers paradise and taking a wrong turn in this city is highly recommended.
Green & Hilly Buda
The ancient capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, Buda is the hilly half of Budapest offering a broad sweep of the Danube and neighbouring areas. Though Buda houses lesser “attractions” as compared to Pest, you’ll find imperial palaces, Turkish spas and wooded hills here. Some of the most famous landmarks being the Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle,Matthias Church, Gellert Hill and Memento Park. To experience the green & grandeur of Budapest, heading to the Buda, is a fine choice and while you’re here, ride up the Buda Funicular!
Happening Ruins of Pest
Pest is more flatter, larger in size and speckled with trendy ruin bars, landmarks galore, bustling street markets and many thermal baths. Pest is lively and has a pulse that compels you to dance the night away in a ruin bar with the locals, go window shopping in the Central Market Hall for groceries and spend an hour wandering the cemetery of the Dohány Street Synagogue. The Pest half of the city has enough to keep you occupied for 48 hours straight - The Budapest Parliament, Vajdahunyad Castle, the House of Terror, Szent István Basilica and many more gems scattered across the city.
Battle of Baths
Budapest, better known as the City of Baths is bubbling with hot springs that now source the umpteen thermal baths around the city. ‘Taking the waters’ is an experience that is as common as going to the grocers in Budapest and you can choose to take the waters in any of the 150 odd thermal baths around the city. The thermal baths are populated with a good number of locals, bathing their weekly woes away, catching up on a game of chess and casually soaking in the minerals. These baths are apparently the world’s best cure for what the locals call a macskajaj (cat’s wail) – hangover and we cannot agree more!
Being a Magyar
With countless open-air bars , alfresco restaurants, ruin cafes, street food markets and illustrious coffee houses, there’s no dearth of things to tuck and tipple on in Budapest. The gastronomic renaissance in Budapest is supremely exciting ,especially the palette of local beer brews available! They say you’re with a Magyar when you are entertained, well fed and have a drink in hand. Well, that’s how you’re going to feel in all of Budapest; an anti-health lángos , a massive mug of stout and rad music.
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