Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and is actually the gathering place of three independent cities in the past: Buda, Pest and Obda. They joined together in 1873 to create what was eventually called “Budapest”.
The Danube River divides the city into two parts, called “Buda” and “Pest”. The “Buda” side is hilly and the flat side is “Pest”. It is easier to browse the entire city through public transportation, and there are more bars, cafes and gourmet restaurants. During the day, the “Buda” side buzzed, and tourists wanted to enjoy the view of the fisherman Bastian on the Castle Hill. When night falls, the “Buda” side enters a rest state, and the bar on the “Pest” side becomes active.
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Buda or pest
I chose to stay on the “Pest” side: I live in the Royal Park Hotel in Budapest on the “Pest” side. This side is also easier to take public transportation and become active at night. I like to live here, from the upstairs to see at the train station, everything is just a few steps away. The room was clean and comfortable and the staff was always friendly. We can enjoy the beautiful view of Budapest at night, and the neon lights will light up at night.
Fisherman’s Bastion with its beautiful arches and seven white towers is not available in any castle. A castle overlooking the entire city. It is picturesque and is Budapest’s top priority attraction.
This fortress was a simulated fortress built for the Hungarian Millennium in the 19th century, and it does provide an unparalleled view of the city.
The Fisherman’s Bastion can be easily reached by subway, and it can be reached within a 10-minute walk. To avoid crowding, please plan a tour before 9 AM. The Fisherman’s Bastion was built on a hill. But it is not high, I decided to take the cable car, and after getting off, you will officially reach the top of the castle.
Matthias Church is behind the Fisherman’s Bastion. The colorful roof tiles, decorations and architecture make it a unique church in Europe. Both the church and the fortress can enjoy the best views in Budapest.
Matthias Church is the best church in Budapest and the most unique church in Europe. It is located on the top of Buda Castle Hill and has been serving the residents of Buda Castle Hill since 1015. The castle was built by the first king of Hungary. The church is full of surprises, mysteries and treasures.
The interior decoration is stunning, and its colors are inspired by Orientalism and Romantic Historicism. It has a mysterious and exotic atmosphere and its neo-Gothic features that distinguish it from other churches.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
This is a large suspension bridge across the Danube River. In essence, it connects the very different “Buda” and “Pest”. There are sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. The scenery on both sides of the Danube is amazing.
Budapest’s most famous building (also the largest in Hungary) is majesticly located on the east bank of the Danube. During the trip to Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building is not to be missed, and the tower and magnificent dome are dazzling.
The marble-decorated interior is also striking. The spacious staircase and intricate ceiling design all carry a large amount of gold-40 kg! In fact, the Capitol is so expensive that the money used to build it is enough to build a small city!
Even though our guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament Building is relatively short, we still have to admire the main staircase, the domed hall of the House of Lords and the conference hall. However, the most important attraction is the crown of St. Stephen.
Other famous attractions in Budapest
Drink in the ruin bar
Ruin bars have been popular in Budapest for ten years, and the most famous ruin bar, Szimpla, is a must. The ruin bar is located in a Jewish building in the old town, and there are many shops and bars around it. In the warmer months, they can open the roof and make part of it open.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Named after the first king of Hungary (ruled between 975-1038). It can accommodate 8,500 people. It is not only the largest church in Budapest, but also the church in the entire country.
The exterior of the church is impressive, and the exquisite murals inside will also praise you. The dome is lined with golden and ornate religious reliefs.
St. Stephens Basilica (St. Stephens Basilica) and its surrounding area have several wonderful photo locations to choose from. The spiral staircase leading to the staircase lookout is my favorite place.
The Great Market Hall
The Great Market Hall was built in 1897 and has more than 100 stalls on three floors.
On the first floor there are locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as locally sourced meat, and on the second floor there are souvenirs including lace, chess and fur. This is a place where locals use it daily to buy groceries and a place to experience the life of Budapest citizens.
Gellért Thermal Spa Baths
There are more than 118 natural hot springs in Budapest that provide 70 million liters of therapeutic water to the city.
Gellért Baths and Spa is the most magnificent thermal bath in the city, in a stunning Art Nouveau building. The complex was originally built between 1912 and 1918, and was extensively renovated in 2008 to restore the bathroom to its former glory.
Gellért Spa has many beautiful details to take pictures. The main indoor swimming pool is especially capable of photogenicity, but care should be taken to protect the privacy of others when shooting. Its business hours are at 6 am, and you should get there as early as possible to avoid crowding.