Traveling to Budapest – Top 10 things to do for first time visitors

There’s more than one way to discover Budapest. Whether you are a first time visitor or just looking for new things to see and do in Budapest, we have a top 10 list for you. Take a dip in one of the city’s famous baths, savor the local cuisine, check out some of the cool, funky shops featuring homegrown designs, walk across the Chain Bridge or just sit, relax and people-watch at one of the great downtown cafes. If you are visiting this city for the first time, there are a few must do’s in the city:                                                                                                               1. Discover the historic Castle Hill with a walking tour –  Castle Hill is the undisputed must-see attraction in Budapest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the 700-year-old Matthias Church, houses from the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colorful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades, and don’t miss the amazing views of the city.

2. Take a Danube River Cruise for beautiful panoramic views of Buda and Pest – There’s more than one way to admire the beauty of the Danube River, the magnificent scenic divider and connector of Buda and Pest. Embark on a relaxing daytime sightseeing cruise that includes a stroll through Margaret Island, or add a romantic touch with an evening cruise that’s accompanied by dinner and dancing beneath the stars. Several companies in Budapest offer sightseeing cruises, and most of them are head-set-guided in multiple languages. There are many options to choose from: one-hour sightseeing cruises cover all the attractions located on the banks of the Danube, two-hour cruises offer optional walk on Margaret Island, evening cruises are available with buffet-type dinner, and evening cruises with music and dance are also offered.

3.Budapest Opera House –  Budapest Opera House  stands as one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. Opened in 1884, The Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the best opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustics, and has an auditorium that seats 1200 people. It is horseshoe-shaped and, according to measurements done by a group of international engineers, has the third best acoustics amongst similar European venues (after the Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House). Many important artists performed here, including Gustav Mahler, who was also the director for three seasons.

4. Shop with locals or try some traditional Hungarian food at Central Market Hall –

Built at the end of the 19th century, the Central Market Hall (officially called ‘Központi Vásárcsarnok‘ in Hungarian) is the largest indoor market in Budapest. Among other things, on the ground floor you’ll find a large selection of sausages, meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. On the second floor, there are food stands and plenty of vendors selling handicrafts, clothing, embroidery, chessboards and other souvenirs. Paprika and Tokaji are also sold here. In the basement, there is a fish market, a small Asian grocery store, a supermarket, and a small drugstore.

5.Take a dip and relax in one of Budapest’s famous thermal baths – Budapest is  also known as the ‘City of Baths’ . Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and  Budapest  is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Budapest is also one of the few places where you can experience traditional Turkish baths dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Check out Rudas , Kiraly, or Csaszar Baths(Veli Bej).Take a dip in one of its many famous thermal baths or stay in one of the city’s spa’s & resorts and enjoy the healing powers of the thermal waters.

6. Walk across Chain Bridge the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest –  is a suspension that spans the river Danube  between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of the city. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.                                                                                              Before this bridge was made, there was a pontoon bridge on the river. But during winter, the river froze making crossing possible and there were zlxo times when the weather changed abruptly and people got stuck on one side. In 1820, this happened to Count István Széchenyi, when he had to wait a week to get to his father’s funeral. This experience led him to decide that a permanent bridge had to be built. He became a major advocate of the project and founded a society to finance and build the bridge.At the time of its construction, Chain Bridge was considered to be one of the wonders of the world.

7.        Visit Hungary’s Parliament Building, see the amazing architecture and the Hungarian Crown Jewels. – Similar to the Palace of Westminster, the Parliament Building in Budapest is in the Gothic Revival style; it has a symmetrical facade and a central dome. The interior of the Parliament building include 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices). With its height of 96 m (315 ft), it is one of the two tallest buildings in Budapest, along with Saint Stephen’s BasilicaThe main façade faces the River Danube, but the official main entrance is from the square in front of the building. Inside and outside, there are altogether 242 sculptures on the walls. On the façade, statues of Hungarian rulersTransylvanian leaders and famous military people are displayed. Over the windows, there are pictures ofcoats of arms of kings and dukes. The main entrance is the stairs located on the eastern side, bordered by two lions. When entering the Parliament, visitors can walk up great ornamental stairs, see frescoes on the ceiling and pass by the bust of the creator, Imre Steindl, in a wall niche. Other statues include those of ÁrpádStephen I and John Hunyadi.                                                                                                       

8.        Window shop and people watch on Vaci utca (grab a coffee but look elsewhere for restaurants). – Váci Street, located in the city center and designated as a pedestrian precinct, runs from Vörösmarty Square to Vámház körút. The northern part is the busy and fashionable shopping street everyone refers to as Váci Street, while the southern part is more laid back. This stretch of Váci Street is perhaps even more charming. Next to Vörösmarty Square, on the corner of Váci Street and Türr István Street, the white line on the pavement marks the site of the medieval city wall. This is where the city’s northern gate, Váci Gate, once stood.

9. Try an authentic Hungarian dish paired with vintage Hungarian wine. Best enjoyed at any of the many award winning restaurants. 

10.  Take a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes Square and you’ll understand why Budapest is often called the Paris of the East. – Andrássy Avenue is great for walks alongside the beautiful turn-of-the-century buildings or people watching in one of the many cafés. It’s a long avenue, however the Millennium Underground Railway runs beneath it, should you feel tired. The State Opera House  is one of the most famous tenants on Andrássy, but the avenue is also home to many upscale boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry and Gucci, and to several other attractions.

Are you planning a visit to  Budapest? For your comfortable stay in Budapest, book your stay at the Fraser Residence serviced apartment hotel & we offer 10% off Best Available Rates if booked through our Facebook page! Email: Reservations.budapest@frasershospitality.com 

 Fraser Residence is one of the most conveniently located hotels in Budapest city centre: off Corvin Promenade on the Pest side of the River Danube, close to shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, Corvin cinema, a supermarket and shopping mall, and a fitness centre with swimming pool and saunas. Business travellers will find that most major businesses and office buildings are located within a mile of these central Budapest apartments.

The hotel’s location in Budapest city centre means you are within easy reach of major tourist attractions, including:• River Danube • Holocaust Memorial Center • Museum of Applied Arts • National Theater Budapest • MÜPA – Palace of Arts • Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art • Budapest Central Market Hall • Corvin Shopping Mall • CET Budapest Both the international airports in Budapest, Ferihegy I. International Airport and Franz Liszt International Airport are around 20–25 minutes away by car or taxi.

Fraser Residence Budapest’s convenient location on a quiet side street off Corvin Promenade means it is easily reached by car or public transport. It has its own central Budapest hotel parking in a secure underground car park. The concierge can help with transport arrangements. Public transport options around this hotel in Pest, Budapest include: • Metro stations Ferenc Kőrút or Klinikák (line 3) are less than five minutes by foot • Tram stops for lines 4 and 6 are less than five minutes by foot • Night trams also serve these routes • Several bus routes around downtown Budapest stop near the hotel • Airport transfers on request


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