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What to do in Budapest

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Budapest is one of the hottest destinations for backpackers in Europe. The city has major attractions for backpackers with different tastes. It is rich in culture and architectural heritage, and is also a place where you can let loose and have a holiday of your life. The locals are friendly and the city boasts of several options for backpackers in terms of accommodation, culinary experiences and entertainment.

Budapest was originally a Roman fortress and was built on the river Danube. It was a trading hub for the Roman Empire, a city that was the center of Renaissance and a place which attracted immigrants, specifically Jews. The city has two distinct sides, Buda and Pest, which are linked together with the Chain Bridge, hence making it Budapest. The Chain Bridge is a work of art in itself and is considered to be an architectural delight and a major tourist attraction. Backpackers will find hints of what is left of communism in the city, but will also notice how it has transformed into one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Europe.

You should start with a visit to the Buda Castle Hill, which is a World Heritage Site and can be seen from anywhere in Budapest. Beautiful historic building and cobble stone streets are the highlight of this castle. One can easily spend an entire day exploring the history of this site. The central Trinity Square is gathers large tourist crowds each day to visit the Matthias Church and other surrounding city sites like the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace and the Hungarian National Gallery for a breathtaking experience of art and culture.

Matthias Church is over 700 years old and has witnessed many coronations, including that of Charles IV who was the last of Habsburg’s kings. It is named so because it was the venue for King Matthias’s two weddings. It is a prominent historical site and you must not miss out on it.

The Royal Palace, built from the 13th to 16th century was a medieval palace that was destroyed during the liberalization of Buda and replaced with the Baroque palace in the 18th century. In the current day, it houses the national Art Gallery, National Library and the Budapest History museum. While you’re here, you should walk across to the Fisherman’s Bastion which was defended by the fishermen from Watertown during the Middle Age. It is a very decorative structure and is used as a look out point in Budapest.

The Budapest Opera House is the next on the list. It is an exquisite Neo-Renaissance building, the design of which was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph. Its construction includes marble and frescos from the most prominent artisans of the 1880s. The Opera House is the most distinguished musical institutions in the world and is recognized as the best Opera House in the world with respect to its acoustics and the fact that it can seat 1200 people. You will find the statue of Ferenc Erkel – composer of the Hungarian national anthem in front of this beautiful work of architecture. There is also a statue of Ferenc Liszt, another Hungarian composer. The best way to explore this structure is by taking a guided tour. They have one at 3 pm and 4 pm with the option of multiple languages.

Next in line is third largest parliament building in the world – the Budapest Parliament. This building is a beautiful example of Neo-Gothic architecture and was built over 100 years ago. This beautiful building also houses the crown jewels of Hungary. You can take a guided tour of the site when the parliament is not in session. You can get information on days when it is open for tours from the tourist center.

The Great Synagogue the main hub for the Jewish community. It was built from 1854 to 1859 and is a perfect display of New-Moorish architecture. It can accommodate up to 3000 worshipers, making it the largest synagogue in Europe.

When in Budapest, you cannot miss out on the popular Budapest hot spring baths. The water in the natural hot springs is known to have healing powers. It is the perfect way to take a break from your day of site seeing.

The best way to see Budapest is by taking long walks. Some of the places to walk through are Anrassy Avenue, the City Park, Vaci Street and Margaret Island. You can also rent a bicycle and enjoy the place away from the busy city environment.

Backpacking in Budapest is a lot of fun and filled with adventure. You can also find backpackers with similar interests by visiting the regular backpackers’ hostels and frequenting the local restaurants and pubs in your area. You may also visit the tourist center for the same.

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