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Top things I like in Budapest

There are many things that are great in Budapest and I already mentioned few attractions that are „must see“.

Now I’m gonna tell you what are my favorite things in Budapest:

  1. Gelarto Rosa

Gelarto Rosa is Ice cream shop, but it’s not a normal Ice cream.

It’s Ice cream in the shape of flower. You have to love this.

Rose Ice cream – most beautiful Ice cream to eat.

Gelarto Rosa

Gelarto Rosa

The shop is situated in city center, near the Szent Istvan basilica. Just look for the queue, there are people always waiting in line for this Ice cream.

They have many great flavours and the Ice cream is very tasty.

It is known as the best Ice cream shop in Budapest.

You shouldn’t miss this when you visit Budapest.

  1. Ruin Pub

Ruin Pubs are located in formerly abandoned buildings in the city and are very popular in Budapest.

They have Unique decor and fantastic atmosphere.

Having a Beer in Ruin pub is so much different than in some normal bar.

We were in Szimpla Kert  – that is the oldest and most famous Ruin pub.

There are many Ruin pubs in Budapest so you should try to visit at least one.

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  1. Kerepesi Cemetery

Cemeteries are not for everybody, but I really like them.

Especially if they are so great and beautiful like Kerepesi.

It’s more like the park or a garden with beautiful monuments.

Great for relaxing walk.

It’s the oldest and most famous cemetery in Hungary.

Many famous hungarians are buried at this cemetery.

It is very big so if you plan to visit you should have a lot of time for it.

It is located near the Keleti railway station.

Kerepesi Cemetery

Kerepesi Cemetery

  1. Budapest Market Hall

Budapest Market Hall is heaven for shopping.

Market has 3 floors. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, Hungarian salamis, pickles, fresh fish, Hungarian paprika,  wine, souvenirs.

You can buy great  funny pickled vegetables, every kind of paprika, great Hungarian sausages. Also t-shirts and other clothes.

The second floor has mainly eateries and souvenirs.

The lángos stand is located on this floor, serving the deep-fried snack lángos.  Salty or sweet.

Budapest Market Hall

Budapest Market Hall

  1. Margaret Island

Margaret Island  includes walkways, medieval ruins, a small zoo, musical fountain, a water tower, swimming pools, a water park, open air theatre and cinema.

It is a great place for a leisurely stroll in fresh air and you should definitely go there by foot (there is a bus that goes through island)

Take half a day or at least a couple of hours to explore and enjoy these beautiful  Island.

The 2.5 km long and 500 m  wide Margaret Island stretches between Árpád Bridge and Margit Bridge in the middle  of the Danube.

Driving through the island is not allowed but you can rent bicycles, roller blades, electric cars and motors there.

Margaret Island

Margaret Island

 

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Top places to see in Budapest

In my previous posts I already mentioned some places in Budapest that I liked and visited.

There are few more so I’m gonna recommend you  some that I think are „must see“.

One of the most visited tourist attraction is definitely The Gellért Hill and the Citadel.

view from gellert hill

view from gellert hill

The Gellért hill received its name after St. Gellért who came to Hungary as a missionary bishop.

His task was to convert  Hungarians to Christianity.

Some pagan leaders who did not want to convert captured him and rolled him from the hill in a barrel.

St. Gellért monument  can be found on the Northeastern slope of the hill facing the Elizabeth bridge.

The top of the Gellért Hill was  a strategical point for Habsburgs from where they had an overview of  Buda and Pest.

liberation monument

liberation monument

In the mid 20th century it was converted to a tourist center.

There are great panorama terraces with a stunning view of the city.

There you can see  the Liberation Monument.

The statue was erected  after the second World War.

The main figure is a woman, holding an olive branch, the symbol of peace.

Other very famous attraction and one of my favorite is Fisherman’s Bastion.

fishermans_bastion

fishermans_bastion

Fortification of Fisherman’s Bastion were built in the 19th century to serve as a lookout tower.

There used to be real castle walls where now you can take fantastic photos from.

Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube.

It has  seven towers  that represent the seven Magyar tribes.

It looks very beautiful, like a fortress from a cartoon.

When you are finished with the sightseeing you have to go to the Retesvar bakery that is near the bastion because they have the best  strudel & pastry.

I recommend you the Cherry strudel – nom, nom 🙂

Retesvar

Retesvar

It’s in the little alley so you have to look out not to overlook it.

Now that you are full, we can go to another attraction.

St. Stephen’s Basilica  is one of the most beautiful and significant Churches in the Hungary.

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

It took more than 50 years to built it.

The dome is 96 meters high, the exact same height as the Budapest Parliament Building.

The patron saint of the church is St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary.

His mummified right hand is kept in a glass case in the chapel to the left of the main altar.

In the cupola of the Basilica, a panorama lookout was established for touristic purposes.

You can enter the Basilica for free, but you have to pay for the lookout tower if you wanna access it.

I would say that these three attractions  are the most visited in Budapest.

In my next post I’m gonna mention some places that I liked the most.

 

Budapest ZOO

When you are in Budapest you can visit one of the oldest Zoo’s  in the World.

It’s in the Városliget park, near the Heroe’s square.

Heroe's Square

Heroe’s Square

So you can visit the Heroes’ square, then visit the park where you can see the Vajdahunyad Castle on the lake.

Very nice place.

Then you can go to Budapest Zoo & Botanical garden.

You can buy  tickets online and that is very good idea because when we came to the entrance the line for the tickets was huge.

We bought our ticket on the newsstand few meters before the entrance and then just went in and didn’t have to wait.

So if you are going buy tickets online or on the newsstand. Or you can wait in line 😉

There is more than 1000 species there and to some animals you can get really close .

It was my first time a had the chance to touch the snake and I loved it.

Also you walk close by the Sloths who are so cute and sleepy 🙂

sloth

sloth

With the entrance ticket for the Zoo we also got a entrance to the Holnemvolt park.

It is a park where you can see animals, but you can also ride a rollercoaster made all of wood.

There is also a feeding area where you can buy food for goats.

There are many attractions there but for all of them you have to pay extra. It’s not very expensive.

butterfly

butterfly

Ticket price for the Zoo is around 8 €.

http://www.zoobudapest.com/en

 

Day 2 in Budapest

We got a Hop on/ Hop off tickets from our hotel . That’s a good way to see Budapest.

We got up a little earlier and first took a walk across the Margaret bridge and to the Parliament building.

Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

Budapest has many bridges and some of them are very beautiful.

My favorites are Liberty Bridge and Chain Bridge.

Liberty Bridge is also called  Franz Joseph Bridge, after the Austro-Hungarian King.

It  was built between 1894 and 1896, and is 333 m long.

Chain Bridge is the most popular Bridge in Budapest.

Full name of the Bridge is Széchenyi Chain Bridge referring to Count István Széchenyi.

It’s 375 m long.

On the Chain Bridge are the famous Lion statues who are guarding the Bridge on every side.

The Legend says that the person who designed the lions for the  Bridge

made a promise that the lions will be flawless.

He told everyone if anyone finds any flaw in the lions, he will jump off the Chain bridge in the Danube.

Lions have no tongue so he really jumped off the Bridge.

I heard that they pulled him out and he survived the jump. 🙂

Liberty Bridge Budapest

Liberty Bridge Budapest

Hungarian Parliament building is for me the most beautiful building in Budapest.

Parliament Building Budapest

Parliament Building Budapest

Opposite the building, across the river  there are many benches so you can sit there and enjoy the view.

The building is over 100 years old and it’s the third largest Parliament  building in the World.

You can get a guided tour of the Parliament that last around 45 minutes.

Only limited tickets are available so it’s better to buy them in advance .

You can do that on the web.

At night the building is lighted and it looks great.

You can see lot of birds flying around the top of the Parliament and that looks interesting at night.

 

Budapest

Last year I decided to spent my vacation in Budapest.

I like spending a few days in the same city because you can really explore all the things you would like.

I don’t do that often because I usually visit a country and then  I want to see the most of it

so I spend 2 – 3 days in every city. This time I spend 6 days in Budapest. And that was  the perfect time.

I would say that the perfect time to visit Budapest is in august when they have the biggest national  holiday

– the St. Stephen’s day.

St. Stephen’s day is every year at 20.08. and it is the best time to be there.

It’s  celebrated with day-long festivities followed by spectacular fireworks throughout the country.

And the fireworks last for 1 hour.

We took the train from Croatia to Budapest. Return ticket for Budapest is very cheap.

Only thing you should do when travelling to Budapest in august is reservation of seats because it can be very crowded and also in august is Sziget festival , so everybody is going to Hungary.

Train ride is very nice, the railway goes most of the time by Balaton lake – the biggest lake in central Europe.

It will took you around 7 hours from Zagreb.

We had reservation in hotel Csaszar.  http://www.csaszarhotel.hu/

Hotel is nice, price is great and it’s not too far from the centre.

women with umbrellas

women with umbrellas

If you have no problem walking it’s about 30-40 minutes by foot.

Or you can go with the bus – the station is 3 minute from the hotel and the tram station around 5 minutes.

We bought  72h ticket for the public transport and with the ticket you can go on the bus, tram, metro , city rail and night bus.  There is also a 24 h ticket or regular tickets.  http://www.bkk.hu/en/prices/

We came in Budapest at 5 PM , we took the metro and the bus to get to hotel, got settled and went for a walk to Obuda – oldest part of the Budapest.

There is „Fő tér“ – the main square,  Baroque buildings, City Hall and lot of statues.

In this part of the Budapest you will find the cheapest beer and the cheapest Kebab 🙂

Obuda

Obuda

 

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