There's so much to see and do in Budapest I thought I'd put together a little travel guide of the activities I recommend most.
1. Chain Bridge
Chain bridge a magnificent structural bridge that spans from one side of the River Danube, connecting Buda and Pest. The chain bridge is one of the most symbolic and widely known bridges of the Hungarian capital. Once you get to Budapest you will realise there are many bridges and initially it can be hard to distinguish it. However, the large stone lions at the base make it easily identifiable once you know what you are looking for!
Crossing the River Danube to see Buda Castle is a must! With breath taking views across the city, Buda Castle is everybody's photography dream! Getting to the castle can be a little tricky so I would recommend getting on one of the tourist buses, as it's quite a steep climb and the buses run very regularly. Relatively cheap in price, they make a good transport option, although the majority of the city can be reached by walking.
Visiting the Parliament building at night is something I'll never forget. Although this can easily be reached my foot, getting a boat up the Danube at night is so worth it! Many of the boats run in collaboration with the tour buses, and a free boat ride can easily be achieved. If you fancy splashing out a little extra, you can get a night-time champagne river cruise with food (or without) at a reasonable price.
The great market hall was built in the late 19th century, is still running today. Open Monday-Saturday (excluding public holidays) this makes a great place to look around if the weather turns, and you'll definitely be able to pick up a souvenir to take home with you!
Named after the first King of Hungary, this Roman Catholic basilica if the third largest remaining in Hungary. Climb to the top observation deck for beautiful, panoramic views of Budapest. Although there is no cost to enter the cathedral, a nominal fee of HUF 500 is needed to get to the observation deck at the top. Guided tours of the cathedral are also available for HUF 2,000 Monday-Friday.
Budapest is a magnificent city where around every corner you'll find a photo opportunity. I would recommend planning out your trip so that you have time to see all the main sights, try some local cuisine (Goulash soup is delicious), and ENJOY!
Have you been to Budapest? What did you think?