There is SO much to do in Budapest. When researching this trip, I found blog after blog after news article of top 10 lists, top 25 lists, even “A Really Long List of Things to do in Budapest,” and with the exception of the touristy biggies, all offered a variety of creative ways to spend time in Hungary’s capitol.
The capital of Hungary since 1361, today Budapest is the consolidation of three cities – posh and ritzy Buda and Óbuda on the west bank on the Danube River (the same river that runs from Germany through 10 countries to the Black Sea), and retro, edgy Pest on the east.
Budapest is one of only two capital cities in the world which has thermal springs (the other being Reykjavík in Iceland), and is home to the European Continent’s oldest underground metro system.
Its people have been ruled by Ottomans, Austrians, and Soviets, the latter’s occupation ending in 1991.
Over 200 museums and galleries preserve the city’s memories, and the international culinary influences render it’s eateries – especially in the Jewish Quarter – a foodie’s paradise.
On Saturday we hit the road, walking from our hotel on Castle Hill, over the famous Chain Bridge, and through the Jewish Quarter, Parliament district and open-air markets filled with art, antiques, treats and a plethora of roasting meats, sautéed veggies and steaming rice.
We visited over a long weekend, and since we have differing views of what constitutes a vacation, we each took one full day to do our thing.
This was my idea of a great use of vacation time – get out, get moving and see (and eat, and drink) as much as possible.
Sunday, however, belonged to Brendan.
We slept in, took a three-hour guided tour of the city via van, then spent the afternoon reading and relaxing.
For us, it was the perfect compromise.
It also means a return visit is required, which is fine with us since every visit to Budapest can be a completely different experience.