Budapest is the perfect mix of charm, grit, coolness, and history. It’s not as polished as Prague and it outdoes Vienna with its energy and ambiance. The city feels comfortable in its own skin, giving off a casual confidence. The silvery Danube River cuts through, dividing Buda and Pest and leaving enough space for separate identities that have learned to coexist and even complement one another over the years.
Just wander along Budapest’s streets and let it surprise you with its crumbling mansions and stunning architecture, its old world appeal and trendy neighborhoods, all hidden away behind dark corners and cobblestone streets. Just when you’re feeling comfortable that Budapest has revealed itself, the city will make you marvel at something you least expected. I just scratched the surface of Budapest in my few days there. Yet, I keep returning to my photos hoping to squeeze another Budapest moment from them. I know I’ll be back. I have no choice. Budapest is calling.
Think you can resist? I doubt it. Test your will with these 15 tempting photos calling you to Budapest. They’ll capture you before you ever know what’s happened…
Walk or take the funicular up to Castle Hill. There’s a city unto itself up there to explore. Budapest from above tempts you from every angle. Just try to take your eyes off the city.
Trams run throughout the city with the brightly colored cars near Parliament and darker dingier colors back closer to Andrassy Street. The cluttered tangle of overhead cables run in every direction. Which way will you wander?
Budapest surprises with the unexpected warmth of its natural thermal hot springs. Soak in the heat and take in the water, as Budapest seeps further into your skin.
No matter where you are in the city, your eyes will be drawn toward the Parliament Building. Even a dramatic sky can’t outdo the rounded dome and pointed spires. They are the gems in Budapest’s crown.
Lavish design and ornate details decorate the inside, as well. Parliament’s grand staircase, with its domed mural ceiling, and the golden meeting chamber show-off the finest Hungarian craftsmanship.
Budapest’s Great Market Hall offers a grand selection of meats, cheeses, produce, and bread. You won’t want to leave the Goulash and Langos serving restaurant counters of the 2nd floor.
Watch as the locals do their shopping and prepare for the lower level’s pickled assault on your nose and eyes.
Fill up on Hungarian delights but save room for a Trdelnik off the street. It may be Czech, but it’s even more delicious finding it in Budapest.
Walk along the river as you wait for dusk. Reflect on the shoes along the Danube that are in memoriam for the thousands of Jewish residents who were forced from their homes and shot along the river just before Hungary was liberated during World War II.
Budapest comes alive at night. As dusk settles and the city turns on its lights, Budapest will dazzle you with its lights, its ruins bars, its ethnic cuisine, and its live music.
Stroll along under the night sky….
But, before long the Danube will draw you nearer. Castle Hill, Chain Bridge, Parliament, Budapest are all best seen from the river. You will not have seen a city sparkle the way Budapest does.
It’s hard to take your eyes off of breath-taking Budapest, right? Why not use my cheat sheet to plan your trip? After all, Budapest is calling you, too. I’ll see you there.
Have you been to Budapest? What did you think? Which city has captivated you?
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