Many would describe Budapest as "Little Paris of Middle Europe". Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remnants from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire, the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city's form and style.
The capital is actually two cities, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube. Each city is unique in its own way and provides a different experience.
Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores, and café houses.
The Budapest Parliament Building located in the Pest side of Budapest is the third largest Parliament building in the world. To photograph this building, simply head over to the Buda side of the Danube at sunrise or sunset. There is a long bank along the river where you can set up your tripod.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge built in 1849, was an engineering marvel of its time.
Széchenyi Chain Bridge was built in 1849 and at the time was an engineering marvel. The bridge spans 663 feet over the Danube river and was the largest of its time. Despite many larger bridges built today, none would have the character and beauty that the Széchenyi Chain Bridge has. Comprised of massive chain links and ornate towers, you could spend hours looking at the bridge.
Streets on the Pest side of the city are surrounded by large stone buildings. The buildings have stood the test of time and have seen many changes in the city. If they only could tell their story.
Set in a grand downtown building, this elegant hotel built in 1891, with a stained-glass ceiling and a spiral staircase is located in the Pest side. The attached, stylish cafe serves hot breakfast, as well as classic bistro cuisine, and is definitely a great place to grab a bite. This is where I stayed during my visit and I highly recommend the hotel.
The food in Budapest is nothing but amazing. The GERLÓCZY Cafe had some amazing dishes and I found myself eating at the cafe, not only because it was convenient, but it was also really good.
Budapest's most famous ruin pub. One of the most interesting places I have been in a long time and I highly recommend adding this to one of your places to visit while in Budapest. The pub is located in an old, ramshackle building. From the outside, the building does not look like much. Once you are inside, your perspective begins to change.
On the first floor of Szimpla Kert, there are rooms, each with its own bar and tables outside. The walls are covered with graffiti and strange art. Each bar serves different drinks, but if you are really looking for something unique try the pálenka.
The Szimpla Kert is full of many rooms each with its own theme. You can find a room to sit in it and come back again and again for a completely different experience.
I will definitely miss Budapest. It has been one of the best adventures I have had in a long time. On my last night, I took this photo from the rooftop of a building. It was truly a memorable moment where I could reflect on the time I spent in such an amazing place with so many amazing people. Thanks to Whitepages, my employer for sending me on this trip and the awesome Whitepages team in Budapest.