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Tour Solver Tips: Peter’s Top 5 Experiences in Budapest for Culture-Lovers

1. Soak in the Széchenyi Baths

As one of the last remnants of Turkish influence in Budapest, a visit to the thermal baths of a must-do experience for anyone looking to relax, unwind and soak in the warm thermal waters. There are a few different baths to visit around the city, but this is our personal favourite. We would also recommend visiting in the early hours or later around sunset, so that it is a little quieter and you get the best views from the beautiful outdoor pools.

 

2. Buda Castle

Located on the southern third of Budapest’s picturesque Old Town, Buda Castle Palace was established by King Béla IV of Hungary during the 13th century. Now in the modern day, it houses a number of cultural attractions; including the Ludwig Museum, the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum.

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is one of the seven wonders of the underground world, where you can explore one mile of the mysterious labyrinth. Plus, it is also home to the spooky former prison where its most famous prisoner Vlad Tepes, or ‘Count Dracula’, was held in captivity by Hungarian King Corvinus during the 15th century.

 

3. Shop at the Central Market Hall

Constructed in the 19th century, this historic area is home to the largest indoor market in Budapest. Independent artisans offer a range of traditional Hungarian food and drinks for reasonable prices, so it’s the perfect place to tantalise your tastebuds.

From Hungarian sausages and paprika seasonings to regional wines and fresh seasonal vegetables, it is a wonderful atmosphere blending together the aromas, sights and sounds Budapest. Remember to pop upstairs if you are looking for a souvenir too, which is jam-packed with artisans selling traditional handicrafts and embroidery.

4. Taste some traditional Hungarian delicacies

This goes hand in hand with a visit to Central Market Hall, but it’s also well worth keeping an eye out for Budapest’s quirky cafes whilst on foot too. When exploring the city streets, keep a look out for independent eateries offering everything from Goulash and Fisherman’s Soup to sugar-coated delights like Somlói Galuska (Chocolate Sponge) and Kürtőskalács (Hungarian Chimney Cake).

Depending on what time of year you visit, Budapest’s traditional delicacies can offer a light sugary pick-me-up in the summer, to warming wholesome dishes in the winter months. Whichever you prefer, there are lots of tasty treats to keep you energised whilst exploring the city.

 

5. Godollo Castle

Boasting the title of the world’s second largest Baroque castle, this stunning building was constructed in the 18th century and bought by the crown during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The castle hosts some grand architectural masterpieces too, from the Ornamental Hall and Queen’s Reception Room to the impressive Chapel and Oratory. You can even visit the beautiful Baroque Theatre, numerous exhibits and a WWII vintage bunker.

If you would be interested in learning more about Budapest or any of our other destinations, please do not hesitate to call one of our other Tour Solvers today on 01279 658221.