I have been to Budapest twice during my year of ESC, and I got to study the city, grasp its best sides and I am here today to make you a list of the things that you absolutely cannot miss if you decide to visit the Hungarian capital.
- The parliament. One of the most impressive and grandiose buildings in the city, it was built to celebrate Budapest's grandeur and strength. It directly overlooks the Danube and represents one of the best views of the city. Tip: visit it during the day - it is possible to organize guided tours by reservation - but do not miss to see it also in the evening, when its lights are projected on the water creating a suggestive panorama, especially when seen from the other side of the river.
- Fisherman's Bastion. Imposing palace that governs the entire city, it is the first thing you will see above Budapest and it is as beautiful from a distance as it is up close. With its white walls and particular ornaments, it is possible to reach it with a pleasant walk and it offers a wonderful view over the whole city.
- The Budapest Castle. Not too far from Fisherman's Bastion, located in the heart of the citadel, it represents the oldest part of Budapest and houses the National Gallery. It is important to carefully check the days and times of the various exhibitions, but at the right times of the year it is possible to attend exclusive exhibitions and learn more about Hungarian history through the exhibition dedicated to it. Not far away, outside the castle, there is also the ancient village and some historic walls.
- Heroes Square. Monumental and large enough to take your breath away, this square is one of the main attractions of the city and is also one of the symbolic attractions of the capital. Once in its center, you can't help but feel dominated by the imposing statues celebrating the country's war heroes.
- Margaret Island. In the middle of the Danube, this island has over the years become a thriving 2.5 km park, full of plants, botanical gardens, zoos and a series of attractions suitable for young and old.
- Central Market Hall. Central market, imposing and evocative with its glass and iron construction, today hosts several restaurants and souvenir shops, a particular and unmissable stop just to admire its architecture.
- Hungarian State Opera House. Currently under reconstruction, it is a stage that I missed during my trip to the city: if you can visit it at opening hours, so as not to find too many tourists and enjoy it for me too!
These are just some of the attractions I recommend to visit, but don't forget the Ervin Szabo National Library - to which I have already dedicated an article -, the thermal baths, Danube's promenade, the Statue of Liberty and, for the more adventurous, also the hills. of Budapest are full of activities to be discovered.