Walking down on Andrássy Avenue from Oktogon towards City Park, at the end of the Millenium Underground Railway (Metro line 1), Heroe’s Square is represented as the largest square right at the entrance of the beautiful City Park. The spacious square has got a nearly 40 m high column with a statue. Here lies the spectacular Transylvanian fortress styled Vajdahunyad Castle and the Széchenyi Bath, too.
It is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest, Hungary. This market is not only great in its size, but also great in other aspects. The area size of the building is 10,000 square meters, which is covered by steel structure. The entrance gate has a neogothic touch. A distinctive architectural feature is the roof which was restored to have colourful Zsolnay tiling from Pécs. The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. You can buy fresh goods, souveniers, also you can try local dishes. It is next to the Liberty Bridge and close to the bars of Balna (after the big university building), where you can enjoy the sunset next to a nice glass of fröccs (wine with sparkling water).
At the first stop of the Millennium Underground (Metro line 1) there is a huge square, which is the most elegant pedestrian zone in Budapest. The city’s yearly spring and Christmas festivals are organized here. If you’re out of these seasons, you can still enjoy Gerbeaud House, the world-famous Hungarian confectionery. The square today is used mostly for commercial functions. Its architecture is quite varied, as well. It is very close to Váci street, the famous shopping street and through Deák square, Andrássy Avenue is easy to access.
You just can’t miss to see Royal Palace as it’s visible from everywhere in Budapest. The Palace was built in the 13th century, and it is home now of the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum and the National Library. You can get to the Castle Hill by using the Funicular.
Take a small walk from the Royal Palace to the Fisherman’s Bastion which was built with the purpose of providing amazing view. The Matthias Church lies down right next to the lovely lookout tower.
The neo-Renaissance garden gives place to exhibitons, events. It’s at the foot of the Royal Palace and it is also part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
At the top of Gellért Hill you can find the Citadel, which is a fortress built by the Habsburgs after defeating Hungary’s War of Independence in 1849. During the World War II and the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, it was a strategic military position – the Soviet tanks bombarded the city from here. The Gellért Bath can be found at the foot of the hill.
It is a new park in South Buda which provides a magnificent riverside setting for smaller restaurants, cafés, terraces and playhouses as well. It is an ideal place for romantic strolls, playing, picnics, sports activities, and relaxation.
The Széchenyi Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C and 77 °C. It is also one of the biggest natural hot spring spa baths in Europe too. Széchenyi Bath is more than 100 years old. The 18 pools are open every day throughout the year, including national holidays, when its an especially popular place to visit. Besides the outdoor and indoor geothermal pools, you can get massage treatments, enjoy the saunas, the gym, relax by the pools or even taste the natural waters that supply the pools from over 1000 meters below the surface. Also, there are Saturday 'sparty' here, in spring, summer and autumn seasons.
Császár Baths (Veli Bej) is in the same building as Hotel Császár Budapest. It’s one of the oldest Turkish baths in Budapest and it was fully renovated recently. Throughout the years several extensions were added to the core building. The Classicist-style building, still in use today, was designed in the 19th century by architect József Hild. Today, this building houses a hospital and the hotel that faces the Komjádi Sport Swimming Pool, another one of the additions to the original complex. The historic Turkish bathhouse, which was closed to the general public for decades, regained its original splendor with the recent renovations.
It is one of the historical thermal baths in Budapest. The thermal pools of Lukács Baths are utilizing the underground healing waters of one of the oldest hot springs in Hungary, dating back to the Roman and medieval Turkish times. Its water is believed the most effective of any baths in Budapest. The bath has some thermal, swimming and leisure pools, saunas and wellness programmes. The hammam massage is unique in Budapest. At the end of the 20th century, the thermal bath was thoroughly renovated and all facilities were modernised.
A real comfort food for Hungarians, no matter what season it is. During winter, the rich soup heats up the body and during summer, we consume it as a main dish. Spicy and meaty, begging to dip your slice of bread inside of it.
The chunky bits of meat speak for itself, especially when its sauce slips into the noodle – they fit together perfectly. Top it with some tejföl (sour cream) and chunk some pickles next to it, as Hungarians do.
A cheap street food that is optionally rubbed with garlic, greased with tejföl (sour cream) and sprinkled with cheese. It's a „light” snack which after you can’t eat at least for 3 hours.
Do you have a sweet tooth and you’re in Hungary? Don’t miss Somlói then, the Hungarians' favourite dessert. It’s made with three types of sponge cake (simple, walnuts, cocoa), chocolate filling, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with raisins. Too perfect to neglect.
An easy-beasy stew from which if you leave out kolbász (Hungarian sausage), you get a delicious vegetarian dish. The main ingredients are pepper, tomato, onion and they are cooked in a pot. Optionally at the end - just as half of the Hungarian nation - add some eggs and stir it together, until the eggs are cooked as well.