The one day series continues with our beautiful hometown, Budapest. The reason is why I waited so long with writing about it, is that there are so much to see and so difficult to pick up my favourite places. I tried to collect the most iconic places that show the beauty and architecture of the city, therefore this article focuses on the classical sightseeing attractions. Budapest is much more than that and Europe-wide famous for its bars and nightlife, that we already introduced in one of our previous posts.
Thanks to its various history, the identity of the city became very mixed which makes it a very exciting destination among the tourists. Budapest still bears the signs of the occupation by the Ottoman Empire in the medieval times, the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the nearly 50 years of Soviet oppression. The result of these that the architectural styles change not only from street to street, but from house to house as well.
The Heroes' Square (Millenium Monument) stands as a memory for the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders. It also gives home to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Art. The square was built as a part of the celebration of the thousandth anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian state in 1896. From here, you have two options to explore the inner city: take a walk on the impressive Andrássy Avenue or take a trip on the oldest underground on the European continent, began its operation in 1896 (the world record holder is the City & South London Railway).
Once you get to the Deák Square, you can either take a look at the St. Stephen Basilica, where the most daring ones can climb up to the cupola to admire the view from there and as an adult, you can do it for less than 2 euros.
Continuing your walk towards the Széchenyi István Square, you'll get to the Chain Bridge , which is the oldest permanent bridge across the Danube, not only in Budapest but in the whole country as well. Crossing it, you'll find yourself on the Clark Adam Square with the tunnel and the Castle Hill Funicular. You can either take this, which is a quite popular attraction, so be aware with the queues or if you miss some challenge, walk up to the Castle. Anything you choose, it definitely worths it; from the Castle the view is simply just amazing to the Danube, the bridges and the city.
In the Castle District you can explore the Fishermen's Bastion, the Mattias Church and the Castle Garden. The best way to close the day is to try a local dish either in the form of street food, or choosing one of the popular restaurants in the inner city.
In my oppinion, if you can do this walk within one day, that will give you a pretty good impression about the beauty of Budapest on a low budget. Of course there are various other options for a one day sightseeing like Hop on Hop off buses, river cruises on the Danube or Segway tours, just to mention the most popular ones, and whichever you choose, you will definitely not be disappointed.