The Parliament, Inside and Out
Budapest’s most prominent building really is an architectural masterpiece and you realize it even more when standing next to it! Impressive from the outside without any doubts, don’t skip the guided tour to see it from inside as well. The official tour is organized in many languages and short enough to enjoy the beautiful interiors without getting bored (book you tickets here). Highlights include the grandiloquent main staircase, the dome which is home to the guarded Holy Crown of Hungary (no photos allowed in that part of the building), the magnificent Assembly Hall and the famous numbered cigar holders. No smoking allowed nowadays but those have been kept because of their historical value. You will learn that when they were in use, the interest of a hearing could be measured by the amount of Havanas left consuming on them…
Enjoy a Pastry
Budapest is famous for its delicious pastries and of course you have to try some! Those at Gerbeaud won’t disappoint you.
Soak in Ancients Baths
This may be the most original and authentic experience in Budapest, as the city is home to multiple public baths. While Szechenyi and Gellert Baths are popular among tourists, I had a far more special experience at the ancient Rudas Baths. It was like a journey back in time: the thermal bath probably hasn’t much changed since it was built in 1550! Unfortunately for women, it is men only most of the time…
Have a Stroll on Castle Hill
The UNESCO-listed Castle Hill is one of the nicest places in Budapest to have a walk, with beautiful vistas of the Parliament and the city on the other side of Danube river.
Stay in a Nice Hotel
To fully enjoy your Budapest experience, I recommend to book a nice hotel for your stay. I chose Hotel Moments and it had everything one can expect: very central location on Andrassy Avenue, gorgeous interiors, impeccable service and most of all good value for money.