Budapest: exploring main sights, food and wine

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Meet the Budapest: one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is the city with such type of atmosphere what I have never seen before in any other city. It is definitely one of the most incredible cities in Europe! It is just so fabulous with it old buildings, Marzipan Museum, delicious wine and goulash, view at the night. Budapest is also called as “Paris of the East”. That’s why I decided to celebrate my birthday there.

City atmosphere

Why the atmosphere in the city is something people rave about? This is all because you will never find such atmosphere on other continent. Old buildings, amazing sights, stunning view at the night, good food and wine, friendly and talkative people. I will tell you more about it below.

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Main sights

As a Europe city with huge history, Budapest has so many sights that it is impossible to see them all, but these several were exactly where I have found a lot of emotions and inspiration.

Heroes square

This is where my journey started last time. Heroes square is one of the major squares in the city. It is famous for its statues of most important national leaders. Not so far from it is located a subway station, so you can easily start your tour around the Budapest here.

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Parliament

You haven’t been in Budapest if you haven’t seen Parliament at the night. It’s just stunning! By the way, Hungarian National Parliament building is the largest building in Europe. It is an educational building with 88 statues which are representing Hungarian leaders. However, you cannot see them from the ground, but they are there.

Gellert hill

On top of this hill is located amazing panorama point. You can see Buda and Pest, Ferris wheel, church from here. To get the best view take the steps going down in front of the Liberty Statue in front of the Citadella. Well, while I was standing here the only thought that I had was: “I will definitely come back to Budapest again”.

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Vaci street

Typical tourist-aimed street with a lot of overpriced cafes, shops and boutiques. However, you can find a lot of interesting stuff there. For example, something like Hungarian spices, honey, liquor and popular food items. Also, there is located The Great Market Hall, what is historic market hall. Even if you are not interested in shopping at all, you will definitely have a lot of fun there!

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Budapest Zoo

In the City Park, the Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, as well as many other things in Budapest. It offers more than 800 animals to be seen in a historic atmosphere. If you are traveling with children or you want to be back in childhood for a moment, it is the right place to visit. Because near the zoo there is located game zone.

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Marzipan museum

Must have for people who loves sweet food. Also, it is located in the Hilton hotel! Museum is quite small (two rooms), but cool, you can see the most famous buildings here as well as the most popular characters for cartoons. Children will definitely love it! And it is great idea to buy souvenirs here.

Public transport

Subway

It is the oldest subway system on the European continent. And it is not a joke, it is pretty scary to go by subway, so be ready for this! At least, it has only 3 lines, so it is easy to use it and not to be lost in finding right way.

Trams and buses

Just same as everywhere, one thing that I wanted to note, that they have ticket controllers in Budapest. These people are wearing same clothes as everyone, so you won’t recognize them. Buy your ticket every single time!

Hungarian cuisine

“Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy” – it is 100% about Hungarians.

Breakfast

I was shocked that in Hungary, people usually have a large breakfast. In my country huge percentage of people doesn’t have breakfast at all. In most of cases Hungarians are eating open sandwiches for their breakfast. They are making sandwiches with butter, cheese, cream cheese, ham, bacon or other meat, even with sausages and even with eggs. They may include vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers). Sometimes instead of sandwiches they may have muesli or fruits. For drink they take tea or coffee. Children more often are eating rice pudding or Semolina Cream for breakfast.

Lunch

Lunch is very important meal of the day for Hungarians. Usually they are taking several dishes for lunch. They start with appetizers like fish or liver, then soup and then the main dish. Main dish includes meat and salad. After main dish comes dessert.

Dinner

Comparing with breakfast, Hungarians are taking very small meal as a dinner. Some people may eat a light meal, usually an open sandwich like at the breakfast, slice of cake or fruit. Dinner is a far less important meal for Hungarians than lunch. It also may be yogurt or pancakes.

Hungarian wine

Some time ago Hungary was one of the most important wine producers in Europe! For now, Hungary does have 4 main regions: Eger, Tokaj, Villany and Somlo. Each region’s wine has its unique taste and smell They love wine in Hungary that much, that even in hotel they provided us a free bottle!

Hungarian people

I wasn’t talking much with Hungarians, with a pity. But with my little experience, I can say that Hungarians are really unique people. They are doing right things, they are helpful and talkative, they really like to eat and tell stories.

As the conclusion

I want to say that Budapest should be a must have in your traveling wish list. Because it hides so much inspiration there! As you can see Budapest is one of the oldest cities, it also has oldest subway, oldest buildings, oldest zoo and etc. What could be more inspiriting than old culture? And good food, of course? I have never regret that I have celebrated my birthday there, because it was the most emotionally full trip what I ever had.

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Budapest: exploring main sights, food and wine

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Meet the Budapest: one of the most beautiful cities in Europe

Budapest is city with a unique, youthful atmosphere, with night life increasingly appreciated among European youth. Budapest is definitely one of Europe’s most enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed “Paris of the East”. That’s why I decided to celebrate my birthday here.

City atmosphere

Why the atmosphere in the city is something people rave about? This is all because you will never find such atmosphere on other continent. Old buildings, amazing sights, stunning view at the night, good food and wine, friendly and talkative people. I will tell you more about it below.

Main sights

As a Europe city with huge history, Budapest has so many sights that it is impossible to see them all, but these several were exactly where I have found a lot of emotions and inspiration.

Heroes square

This is where my journey started last time. Heroes square is one of the major squares in Budapest, Hungary, noted for its statue complex with important national leaders. Not so far from this is located a subway station, so you can easily start your tour around the Budapest here.

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Parliament

You haven’t been in Budapest if you didn’t see Parliament at night. It’s just stunning! By the way, The Hungarian National Parliament building is the largest in Europe built 1880-1902. It is based on England’s Parliament building, and supposedly is one meter wider and longer than that august building, just a little bit of architectural conceit. The lacy white Gothic froth covering the building is actually educational: 88 statues representing Hungarian rulers, princes and military commanders. These statues are small and cannot be readily distinguished from the ground, but they are there.

Gellert hill

Citadella, the former fortress on top of Gellérthegy, offers a superb panorama over Central Budapest. To get good views up and down the Danube, take the steps going down in front of the Liberty Statue in front of the Citadella. Well, while I was standing here the only thought that I had was: “I will definitely come back to Budapest again”.

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Vaci street

It is the main area for tourists, and features the normal array of overpriced cafes, souvenir shops, and popular fashion brands. Also, paprika peppers and spices, honey, and Hungarian liquor are popular food items. The Great Market Hall is an atmospheric historic market hall selling mainly tourist souvenirs. Even if you are not interested in the shopping at all, it is the nice time spending by walking here.

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Budapest Zoo

In the City Park, the Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest in the world, as well as many other things in Budapest. It offers more than 800 animals to be seen in a historic atmosphere. If you are traveling with children or you want to be back in childhood for a moment, it is the right place to visit.

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Public transport

Subway

It is the oldest electrified underground railway system on the European continent. And it is not a joke, it is pretty scary to go by subway, so be ready for this! At least, it has only 3 lines, so it is easy to use it.

Trams and buses

Just same as everywhere, one thing that I wanted to note, that they have ticket controllers in Budapest. These people are wearing same clothes as everyone, so you won’t recognize them. Buy your ticket every single time!

Hungarian cuisine

Breakfast

I was shocked that in Hungary, people usually have a large breakfast. In my country huge percentage of people doesn’t have breakfast at all. Hungarian breakfast generally is an open sandwich with fresh bread or a toast, butter, cheese or different cream cheeses, cold cuts such as ham, liver pate, bacon, salami, beef tongue, head cheese, sausages such as kabanos, beerwurst or different Hungarian sausages. Even eggs, (fried, scrambled or boiled), French toast called bundáskenyér and vegetables (including peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, radish, scallion and cucumber) are part of the Hungarian breakfast. Sometimes breakfast is a cup of milk, tea or coffee with pastries, a bun, a kifli or a strudel with jam or honey, or cereal, such as muesli and perhaps fruit. Children can have rice pudding or Semolina Cream for breakfast topped with cocoa powder and sugar or with fruit syrup.

Villásreggeli (literally breakfast with fork) is a more luxurious big breakfast given on special occasions or holidays. Often guests are invited. Deviled eggs, cold steak, cold salads, salmon-omelet, pancakes, a spicy cheese spread made with sheep milk cheese called körözött, caviar, foie gras, fruit salads, compote, fruit yogurts, fruit juices, champagne and pastries, cakes and cookies may be served.

Lunch

Lunch is the major meal of the day, usually with several courses. Cold or hot appetizers may be served sometimes (for example fish, egg or liver), then soup. Soup is followed by a main dish. The main dish is a dish including meat and salad, which precedes the dessert. Fruit may follow. In Hungary, pancakes are served as a main dish, not for breakfast. Salad is always served with meat dishes, made of lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions or a simple thin sliced cucumber salad in vinaigrette. Salads such as Salade Olivier or potato salad are made of boiled potatoes, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, fried or boiled meat or fish, in vinaigrette, aspic or mayonnaise. These salads are eaten as appetizers or even as a main course.

Dinner

Comparing with breakfast, Hungarians are taking very small meal as a dinner. Some people and children eat a light meal, called uzsonna, usually an open sandwich, pastry, slice of cake or fruit. Dinner is a far less significant meal than lunch. It may be similar to breakfast, usually an open sandwich, yogurt or virsli (hot dog sausage) with a bun, more seldom a cake, pancakes (palacsinta), and it consists of only one course.

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Hungarian wine

One hundred years ago, Hungary was one of the most important wine producers in Europe. Every royal court in Europe clinked glasses filled with precious gold Tokaji (“toe-kye”) wine, while other lush Hungarian whites and reds were lauded and enjoyed throughout Europe.

You can get a really great overview of the country’s wines from 4 of its top regions: Eger, Tokaj, Villány and Somló. They love wine in Hungary that much, that even in hotel they provided us a free bottle!

As the conclusion

I want to say that Budapest should be a must have in your traveling wish list. Because it hides so much inspiration there! As you can see Budapest is one of the oldest cities, it also has oldest subway, oldest buildings, oldest zoo and etc. What could be more inspiriting than old culture? And good food, of course?

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