Many international media outlets are gaining inspiration from Hungary’s capital, publishing elaborate descriptions of Budapest’s stunning sights, its diverse gastronomy scene, or about the city’s scintillating nightlife. During the first six months of 2017, quite a few papers and magazines highlighted a wide range of Budapest’s alluring attractions, including the New York Times, National Geographic, or the Evening Standard, while the SWISS in-flight magazine dedicated a stunning 26-page feature to the Magyar metropolis in their February publication – we present our favorite picks of the bunch.
The BBC celebrates the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of Buda’s concealed Hospital in the Rock Museum, a secret subterranean site that “remains frozen in time”. This medical refuge for patients during World War II and again during the 1956 Revolution evokes historic scenes with life-size wax figures laying on bunk beds, stretchers, and placed amid a wide spectrum of vintage medical equipment.
Published just before Valentine’s Day, in this article Bloomberg lists 26 of the world’s best hotspots in 13 cities for celebrating love. The article recommends that lovebirds should dine and wine at the Michelin-starred Borkonyha for its epicurean menu of local specialties, while suggesting that before dinner couples can immerse in vistas over the Chain Bridge and Buda’s Royal Palace. In addition to gazing at these postcard-superstar landmarks, we can also opt for taking a thermal-heated dip at the Ottoman-era Rudas Bath.
Nightlife in the Hungarian capital is “eclectic, varied, and never dull” – this is not only according to us, but this quote is included in an article published on The Culture Trip, presenting 7 places for a unique night out in Budapest. From reveling at Szimpla’s crumbling settings to rocking out aboard the A38 concert boat to taking a nighttime plunge during a Sparty at the Széchenyi Bath, indulging in Budapest’s quirky club scene is an experience of a lifetime. In another article, the website highlights the Parliament and Buda Castle among 15 of Europe’s most stunning UNESCO sites: these historic landmarks of the Magyar metropolis are featured alongside such similarly remarkable sights as the Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Acropolis in Athens, or Malta’s capital city of Valletta.
If you are looking for a reason why you need to visit Budapest’s famous thermal baths, The Evening Standard has you covered – bathing in mineral-rich waters has been part of Budapest’s culture for centuries, and the city’s ample supply of naturally heated waters remain in-demand for healing powers, while most of Budapest’s baths are now complete with varied wellness facilities. Meanwhile, we can immerse in the incredible architectural features of the spas during soaking, and the combination of these amenities makes for a truly immersive retreat.
In an in-depth interview, Forbes turns to Budapest expert András Csákvári, a concierge at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, to find out what makes Hungary's capital a go-to location for visitors from around the world. Csákvári introduces such fresh urban landmarks as the Budapest Eye, and he provides a mini city guide for visitors who would like to make the most of their stay in the Magyar metropolis. Finally, the interview concludes with insider tips for the city, including embarking on panoramic public-transport rides or dining at one of Downtown Market's eateries.
We do, in fact, love Budapest, and it looks like that The Huffington Post has similar affections for Hungary’s capital, as they dedicated three elaborate articles to the city’s charming sites during the first half of 2017. Award-winning author John Mariani returned to Budapest for the first time after his previous visit when the country was ruled under the communist regime – the writer was amazed by the city’s turnaround, and he bragged about the renovated landmarks that elevated the city to a prime European destination. In another article published by Mariani, readers get a taste of the city’s deluxe dining scene. Meanwhile, Buda’s soaring Matthias Church has also starred in the prominent online publication.
Based on a collaboration with booking website Travel Supermarket, two globetrotting bloggers embarked on a distinct adventure to find out which neighborhoods are Europe’s coolest precincts based on culture, creativity, and value, while the Insider summarized the results of this international quest. Thanks to its quirky ruin bars and affordable drink selection, Budapest’s District VII ranks 17th on the list, coming ahead of such hip hoods as Barcelona’s Poble Sec or Amsterdam-Noord in the capital city of the Netherlands.
In a candid piece published by Matador Network, the journal straightens out a few things for those considering traveling to Budapest: in a “not-to-do” list for travelers, the magazine talks about controlling your body liquids, keeping your shirt on, and keeping your voice down to avoid annoying the locals who just want to live a peaceful life in the Hungarian capital. Those who understood these rules can go to the online publication’s next description about Budapest, giving readers insight into the city’s impressive architecture.
Choosing one city on six continents for food lovers, National Geographic named Budapest as Europe’s most fascinating locations for gourmets (and gourmands). With its abundance of international eateries, the article recommends the city’s Jewish Quarter for a refined food frenzy, while those who are after an epicurean jaunt are guided to Castle District's delicate dining scene. In addition, in March the esteemed publication selected the Buda Castle among the most enchanting fairy-tale abodes that dot Europe’s enchanting scenes.
California’s Napa Valley, the Maldives, Madrid, and Japan’s Ryukyu Islands also made it on the recently published bucket list of The New York Times that also points the way to Budapest as one of 2017’s hottest destinations. The article paints a picture about the city’s dynamic dining locales and Budapest’s stylish fashion scene, and suggests that readers spend the night at such locally designed accommodations as Hotel Rum.
Are you a well-trained traveler by rail? Then let Rough Guides draw your European itinerary with their rail-bound schedule that takes explorers from Munich, to Venice, and to the Scottish Highlands, while for those looking for unforgettable nights out, the website suggests a visit to Budapest’s ruin bars. Meanwhile, if partying hard takes its toll on you, the city’s thermal baths have some of the best curing effects.
During February, a stunning shot of Budapest’s Széchenyi Bath welcomed passengers aboard SWISS, with the historic spa presented on the cover of the airline’s in-flight magazine. Reading this soaring publication, jet-setters received a mini Budapest guide with elaborate details of Hungary’s capital, including the city’s must-see sights, trendy eateries, and hip hotels, alongside several off-the-beaten-path locales found across town.
Even though they played with hungry and Hungary in the same line, we appreciate The Telegraph’s food-infused writing that provides readers insight into Budapest’s ever-developing dining scene from goulash to stellar street food to Michelin-starred fusion meals. Meanwhile, those who need a first-timers’ compass to Hungary will find one on the same website, providing hints about local attractions like the pálinka, describing Magyar inventions, or explaining why clinking beer glasses is frowned upon.