Two cities separated by the Danube River became one and formed one of Europe's most beautiful capitals. Today, Budapest has also grown in the number of tourist visits, as well as in hotels, restaurants, and boutiques opening their doors. Since joining the European Union not too long ago, it has been cleaning up its beautiful architecture and is now more attractive than ever. It's especially beautiful when seen from the top of the hilly Buda side or from the river, with landmarks standing out in the skyline. A visit to its famous thermal baths is a must, and the classical music scene is impressive. You may also join the local fashion-conscious youth in the new buzzing nightlife, or simply continue wandering the cobbled streets admiring the city's charm and lovely vistas.
- A walk through the CASTLE DISTRICT and FISHERMEN'S BASTION.
- The magnificent PARLIAMENT.
- Relaxing at the GELLÉRT BATHS.
- The landmark ST. STEPHAN'S BASILICA.
- The art collections of the National Gallery.
- Crossing the monumental CHAIN BRIDGE.
- A stroll down VÁCI UTCA STREET and shopping down ANDRÁSSY UT.
- The interior and architecture of MÁTYÁS CHURCH.
- Watching a performance or going on a tour of the State Opera House.
- The national treasures inside the Hungarian National Museum.
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There's some serious culinary fusion going on in Budapest right now. While you can still find your pure, traditional goulash, you'll also get a tour of Asia or Europe in a new generation of restaurants. The dining experience in the Hungarian capital has not only improved in quality, but also in number of choices. What remains unchanged is the café culture in a number of classic and modern coffeehouses. Order one of the delicious pastries to go with your coffee and admire the faded splendor or the modern attitude of your surroundings.
In the years following the country joining the European Union, Hungary's capital saw an unprecedented growth in shopping options with new stores and malls opening around the city. Vaci Utca is Budapest's main pedestrian street and that's where you'll see tourists and locals window shopping, while others look for luxury brands in Andrassy Ut. For antiques there's Falk Miksa Utca lined with charming and atmospheric shops and galleries, and for just about anything head to Ecseri Piac, said to the biggest flea market in Eastern Europe. The covered Central Market Hall designed by Gustave Eiffel is also an interesting stop, selling fresh produce and local products.