Bridges are literally and in essence a crossover; they are a link over a mass that is otherwise divided. We have already written about the historical bridges of Budapest that have been burned and torn down, only to be resurrected and rebuilt. They represent man’s ambition to connect not only the lands but also the people. Budapest’s bridges link the historical bounty of Buda and Pest, sewing its past to its present. The Danube River severs Budapest in two, dissecting a city that via bridges and Hungarian vision refused division.
Making a top 10 list is definitely not rocket science, and the large variety of such collections available on the internet is a conclusive evidence for the latter statement. Although we have no intention of turning into trendgetters instead of trendsetters, on account of the multifaceted nature of Budapest, and to make your holiday-planning less bumpy, we’ve collected a top 10 of must-dos you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Hungary’s capital.
Despite the constant sunshine we needed a few weeks to be completely sure, that spring has arrived to Budapest. Those who spent their deep winter dreams in discos and pubs are woken up and headed to the outdoors, so the need for beer, wine and junk food are really high in stores nowadays. In case you caught the picnic fever too, we collected the best outdoor places and parks to chill out.
You don't have to wait for someone to love to fall in love in and with Budapest. The city's architecture and the unique feel of it's streets induce a nostalgic romance and a desirous energy that one for nearly nothing can embark upon and embrace. Bask alongside the Danube, saunter among streets suit to seduce your senses and allow yourself to be touched by the green gems that Budapest has within it's treasure pleasure chest. Fall in love with yourself in Budapest and feel your heart opening a doorway that soon come, joyful souls will gravitate to.
Some tourists definitely come to Budapest to see the left-overs of a socialist republic. The bad news is that with the fall of the regime over 20 years ago (October 23, 1989) the city has undergone profound transformation.
The good news is that here is a compilation of sites you can still see.
It definitely takes a lot of time to receive a master's degree in the science of walking, but it’s not a difficult discipline at all. The learning process is more amusing than you would think, and the journeys (thanks to the colorful Budapest) are full of ups and downs.
It doesn't matter what is the reason behind the walk (romance, clearing your head, or chilling after work), this trip is a must for every Budapest-wanderer.
Not many tourists know that the city we call Budapest today has been continuously inhabited for over 6 thousand years. One of the earliest (4th c. BC) rock-solid evidence of human settlement is contributed to the Celtic Eravi tribe, who settled in the area of Óbuda and the plain across the river and named it all ample water „Ak-ink”.
And then the Romans conquered it all.
There’s a street in Budapest that every single local refers you to if you ask them for a shopping area or where the center of the city is. Out of the tens of thousands of streets that segment Budapest and with the ever-growing number of shopping malls in various sizes, how does the Váci utca win over those?
We have done some research for the answers before the central street undergoes a total rebranding process.
The originally French parkour has no rules. The art of running does exist outside of the movie theaters and it is not rare in Budapest that young kids run from one place to another without being stopped by anything on their way. One of the best local parkour runners, Ábel Kocsis has been using the Hungarian capital as a playground for more than 8 years. We had the chance – because he stopped – to catch him for an interview.
We have stumbled upon a great idea that is very closely connected to Budapest. The founders of the Running Tour Budapest love to run, and even when they are tourists in another city they choose this speed to discover the new environment.
This is not a traditional sightseeing tour, it’s all about interesting stories, and a different kind of city experience. Go!
The Fourth District of Budapest, better known as Újpest (literally New Pest), is a mixture of many styles and vibes. It is pillared by a socialist-realistic heritage, which is brought together with the melancholy of dilapidated industrial monuments, the fresh breeze of the beautifully renovated Főtér (Main Square), the holiness of several churches and a Synagogue, the waterfront atmosphere and serenity of an island that's actually a peninsula, and the constant buzz of Hungary's biggest jungle of concrete flats. That is Újpest in a nutshell, though there's still much to learn, so read on!
Our new series showcasing both the most spectacular panoramas in Budapest and hardly accessible, untraditional gazebos kicks off with a night time tour of luxury hotel rooftops, and includes a necessary odd-one-out, namely Váci utca’s Tőzsdepalota (Váci Street Stock Exchange Palace). An all-around view of posh panoramas – even for those with a fear of height.
Winter is a tricky thing: it either brings gloom and depression, or it inspires you to go out and have fun. Fortunately, Budapest not only offers heaps of cool-as-it-gets parties, but also has great spots for skiing, hiking and relaxing. Within a one-hour radius, there are quite a few places worth visiting.
Because of its size and population, Budapest is the number one city in Hungary. However, there are several other biggest, longest and oldest things in it that we might not even know about. If you want to know which pub opened first, or where the top of the Hungarian capital is, keep reading!
Those who love cold and get excited about snowstorms are either crazy or just simply love skating. As winter slowly turns Budapest into a freezer, some people decide to go out and find joy while everyone else hides under thick layers of blankets. Hot chocholate, romance and a triple Rittberger; we have collected the best skating rinks for you.
Fall has arrived, the memories of the holidays have faded, and the vibration of the summer parties have been replaced by hectic weekdays. But there’s no need to feel sad. You can always pack your backpack with sandwiches and hot tea, and explore a beautiful new place where you can relax. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go far. Budapest is full of gorgeous hideaways, waiting to be explored.
The least bit surprisingly, the weather is not only the sort of conversation material that is capable of breaking the most awkward silence, it’s also a determining factor when choosing a location for a date. We’ve collected the best autumn date spots Budapest has to offer, check them out!
The residents of Budapest's Second District are envied throughout the city for a reason. Although most neighbourhoods are kilometres away from lively downtown areas, this supposed disadvantage is what makes the Second District so attractive: quiet streets surrounded by flora and fauna soothe your mind and soul, and provide a shelter from the city's chaos. Regardless, it's still supplemented by a cosmopolitan vibe, so the district's image is not as clear-cut as it seems.
The boat of BKV has been officially in service for about a week. The public gave the boat a warm welcome on one hand but it also received an awful lot of criticism as well. The media was all about the fact that passengers can travel on the boat with any type of BKV passes or with a single ticket costing 400 forints; everyone seemed to be happy about it. On the other hand, according to different sources and gossips, the boat is ridiculously slow and this is something that did not impress the crowd. Rumours, that has been going around on the internet even go as far as saying that it’s faster to walk than to travel on board.
We got used to sculptures so much that most of the time we don’t even realize their presence. Often, we pass by strange objects without looking at them, even though sometimes we should. We decided to slow down a little bit and walk with our eyes open in search for something interesting. We found what we were looking for.
Some people liken Budapest to conjoined twins characterized by completely different personalities, with the conjoined epithet being attributed to the city’s picturesque bridges. Since each bridge has its very own history, taking a closer look at each of them might be beneficiary for all parties involved. Educate yourself about the bridges of Budapest by scanning through our list!
When you take a peek at the district map of Budapest, you’ll feel like as if you were looking at an odd-shaped patchwork. Since the city’s texture was sewed from different materials, and is constantly changing, touring around the 23 districts of Budapest is an exciting urban adventure. Follow our lead through the cobblestone streets of the First District!
Contrary to some beliefs, preferring traditional venues and leisure time activities while being abroad does not result in boredom. Moreover, staying on the classic route of city exploration ensures quality times in unique places, and an unforgettable voyage to a parallel universe of urban life.
Some say Budapest is like the woman of your dreams: exciting, multifaceted, and loveably mercurial. Although it is nearly impossible to reveal all the secrets of a woman’s heart and soul within a course of a day, spending twenty-four stirring hours with her will definitely leave you yearning for more.
Interesting stories, decoding tasks, food and drink tastings, insider information and thematic walks – these are the most important elements of an alternative sightseeing tour. If these themes are all present, just like in the case of Rent a Trabant Budapest, than the tourist can feel satisfied. Retro cafés, socialistic architecture, memories of the change of the regime inside and outside the city, hobbling, chuffing and a two-stroke engine. We were longing for such things so we went on a Trabant journey and we enjoyed it very much.
Have you ever noticed the black and yellow boat sailing down the Danube with a taxi sign on it? Chances are that you have already seen these water taxis as this is the second season they have been in service. The taxis that can take a maximum of ten people are cruising from April to late November. A sailor and the captain welcome everyone on board – whether it’s about the crew of a bachelorette party or about the Danube lovers who are on their way Szentendre for a trip.
A low-budget trip has never been the equivalent of either boredom or mediocrity. By using your smarts – and with our assistance – it is more than possible to organize an urban exploration of the highest quality while maintaining a manageable spending plan. We guide you through a wondrous day in Budapest without thinning your wallet!
Although coming up with an adequate definition for the term "trendy" is a tougher task than living on a minimum wage in Monaco, we still accepted the challange of rushing through an adventurous day in Budapest while viewing the city through the glamorous lenses of the latest urban trends. Whether you’re a trendsetter or a trendgetter, you should definitely follow our lead!
Although twenty-four little hours are certainly not enough to build Rome (or, in this case, Budapest) from the ground up, when it comes to discovering instead of constructing, a single day can really make a difference. During our very first twenty-four-hour trip around Hungary’s capital, we take a deep breath and dive into the depths of the underground.
Lake Balaton is the Hungarian sea but Budapest has its very own Riviera, called Római-part. In Budapest everyone knows and everyone likes Római. It’s an ideal place if you want to relax a bit but it’s also a great choice for small gatherings and you can go on long, romantic riverside walks as well. By the way, the place also offers great fried hakes, pancakes and ice-cold spritzers just to name a few things.
The two banks of the river Danube are totally different from each other. People of Pest think that there’s not much to do on the other side of the river. People of Buda on the other hand have no idea how someone can live a life on the Pest side. Living in Buda is about a whole new ideology. From our latest article you can find out about the most lovable, the sexiest and the most tasteful places of Buda – of course these are just small bits and pieces of the ‘other side’.
Zsolt Molnár, or Zsutti, took up a very draining pursuit years back: he rode 3000 kilometers in search for the most peculiar house numbers of the city. The result is a photo project titled 365Budapest. As a lover of typography, photography and bicycling he published the latest house numbers of the city each day for a year, revealing a great deal of special ones doing so. The man, who works as an art director, devotes his spare time to unveiling Budapest’s secrets and planning further compilations, that is, if he doesn’t revel in the quiet of dawn in Heroes’s Square or idle at his favorite place, Kerepesi Cemetery.
The day of Coolturism will be a new tradition of Budapest. This is a unique day organized by the Association of Alternative Budapest Discoverers.
It’s not easy to make image videos for countries or cities. It should create a certain atmosphere while being informal. It's meant to present some attractions but without the use of too much clichés. It should be easily understandable but avoid being too didactic. Many amateurs and professionals have tried to make one. What follows is a compilation of some indeed poor attempts, though there must be even worse out there. If you have a favorite, do send it to us in your comment. We want to have some fun, too.
As the 100th day of the year approaches 60 100-year-old buildings in Budapest will open up to visitors: theaters, schools, museums, public buildings and lots of residential buildings are preparing with birthday programs.
Budapest is not famous for its green areas and sites to make excursions to, but there are definitely some possibilities for a getaway from the concrete jungle. Naplás-tó (Lake Naplás) and its vicinity is a perfect example, where you can even broaden your knowledge besides taking some rest.
Towards the end of November the arrival of the two Tasmanian wombats stirred up quite some feelings, while in February the birth of the baby giraffe created a buzz in the press. There’s no stopping life in the zoo and more and more people will be drawn in to check it out as the weather gets ever more brighter.
You are in Budapest, either visiting or living here. You wish to learn how to cook proper Hungarian food, the like old housewives would put on their families tables. What can you do?
“How fine that the weather’s gettin’ cold ‘cause people may start to realize that Christmas is upon us.” – said one of the merchants at Vörösmarty Square alluding to this year’s number of visitors jokingly. For so far it was only at weekends when the atmosphere was as warm as the weather cold. From Friday to Sunday there were quite a lot visitors at the 13th Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square but weekdays have yet to see crowds of people. Still, there is no reason to worry as we’ve got a whole month until the deadline to get all the presents.
In his time-lapse videos Péter Dancsó undertakes the task to immortalize Budapest for the ‘next-next-next’ generation who is going to live in Budapest in 100 years time. He is peering alone the dark sky with his camera at night and watching its every vibration.
November is the beginning of the months-long period, when moms spend almost as much time in the hallway of their homes dressing the kid as they do outside.
Putting a little distance between us and the capital and making use of the warmness the autumn sun gave us during the weekend, we visited the Badacsony, the wine region north of Lake Balaton. Our mission? To find the best wineries, to sleep at the most exquisite accommodations, and to taste the most characteristic wines of the region. Accomplished? Read on, and see it for yourself!
As fall gets ever chillier we decided to head out to Buda to visit our old favorites discovering some excellent new places along the way. Not to mention the other benefit of getting exhausted together with the kid as you push the pram up on long slopes. Our destination this time was the Margit Bridge-Széll Kálmán Square-Batthyány Square triangle.
He’s seen numerous countries, and knows no bounds when it comes to traveling. As soon as the opportunity comes up he sets out into the big world. We asked György about his photo series of Budapest, and what his favorite subject is in the Hungarian capital, provided he doesn’t roam his eternal love, India.
…what do they have in common? We mean Margit Island and the Városliget (literally translated as the City Park)? We are talking about the city’s largest green areas and children’s favorite places to spend time. Both locations offer opportunities to meet animals. The City Park is home to the Zoo, while Margit Island hosts its little brother the Wildlife Park.
We will examine Budapest district by district through both an adult’s eye as well as that of a child. Our goal is to refute the assumption that there are limited activities and site seeing for families. Experienced mum, Veronika Sifter, will tell us how to plan our family breakfast, which playground to choose for an afternoon of fun, where to go for a hike and which spot to select to hit at the end of the day.
With Károly Bugár-Mészáros, director of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture, we have walked through Andrássy Avenue after having known all the details about whose idea it was to build this avenue in Budapest.
We are sitting in Károly Bugár-Mészáros’ cool office, who is the director of the Hungarian Museum of Architecture. There are 150-year old maps unfolded in front of us on the desks, old paintings, and portraits on the walls. We are able to touch history here. We start our interview series about the famous historical places of Budapest here, and our first issue is the past, present and future of Andrássy Avenue.
Try out the brand new ways such as, alternative walking tours searching for specific adventure, sightseeing kayaking, biking, or the very up-to-date idea, the segway.
Its unique atmosphere, the sights of the Danube River, the surrounding mountains and hills and the wonderful architectural spots will amaze everybody.
Eurama has many years of experience and well-prepared guides to show their guests around in the best places. They give a lot of information about the sights, and make the trips much more exciting by sharing some thrilling stories.
They have many years of experience and well-prepared guides to show their guests around in the best places. They give a lot of information about the sights, and make the trips much more exciting by sharing some thrilling stories.