Budapest: Five Things not to Miss

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…

Parliament Building, Budapest
Parliament Building

Parliament's main staircase, Budapest
Parliament’s main staircase

 

Assembly Hall, Budapest
Assembly Hall

 

Cigar holders, Budapest Parliament
Cigar holders

 

Parliament Building seen from St Stephen's Basilica, Budapest
Parliament Building seen from St Stephen’s Basilica

 

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.

Afternoon treat at Gerbeaud, Budapest
Afternoon treat at Gerbeaud

 

Inside Gerbeaud, Budapest
Inside Gerbeaud

 

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…

Rudas Baths, Budapest
Rudas Baths

 

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.

Castle Hill, Budapest
Castle Hill

 

In the streets of Castle Hill, Budapest
In the streets of Castle Hill

 

Parliament Building from Caste Hill, Budapest
Parliament Building from Caste Hill

 

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.

Entrance, Hotel Moments Budapest
Entrance

 

Lobby from above, Hotel Moments Budapest
Lobby from above

 

Superior room, Hotel Moments Budapest
Superior room

 

Bedding, Hotel Moments Budapest
Bedding

 

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