Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and for an old city, it has a unique, youthful atmosphere, a world-class classical music scene, fantastic night life, amazing architecture and a plethora of natural thermal baths, just to name a few.
Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed “Paris of the East”. In 1987 Budapest was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for the cultural and architectural significance of the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue. https://wikitravel.org/en/Budapest
I recently visited Budapest for the first time while I was spending a few weeks in Zagreb, Croatia, and planned to be there for 3 days since it’s an easy 5-hour getaway by bus but just as easy to get there by train, plane or river cruise.
I started my journey from Zagreb’s bus station and had purchased a round trip ticket on flixbus, the 5 hour trip brought us to Budapest’s , Nepliget bus station, from there, it was easy to get on the metro and get to where I needed to be.
I learned thru my research, that Budapest has 3 sides, Buda (the hilly side), O’buda and Pest (the flat side). The city is divided by the Danube River and communicated by several bridges, consider this when planning your stay and things to do in the City.
I decided to book hotels in both the Buda side and the Pest side, not because they were far away or difficult to get too from each other, but because I wanted to experience the “vibe” of both sides.
I chose the Hilton Budapest because it is in a prime location, in the Buda side, on top of a hill, next to St Mathias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion, this location does not get any better, walking distance from the Buda Castle, Royal Palace and other landmarks, you cannot go wrong with this hotel. The building it self is historic and the rooms flawlessly combine old charm with the new.
Unfortunately for me, I only booked this hotel for one night, and I regret this decision, I should have stayed there my entire stay in Budapest and when I go back, I will ONLY stay there, not only for the location, but for the flawless and personalized service I received by all the Hilton Staff.
I cannot emphasize enough, how spectacular the Buda side of Budapest is, it has not only a lot of history, it has some of the most exquisite architecture, cobble stone streets and ambience that I have ever experienced in any city or country I have ever visited. Of course, your experience will be different than mine, but I sure hope you get to visit this fine city and discover why Budapest is indeed a magical, singular and spectacular city that can easily be discovered on foot, subway, tram or bus.
The Pest and O’buda side of Budapest are also enchanting and oh so different from each other, each side offers different vibes, different scenes, different architecture, so worth a visit, get there when you can, you will be happy you did. Visit the parliament, cross by foot one of the many bridges that connect the city, like the chain bridge, which offers many picture perfect opportunities, visit the many sites, including Heroes square, Dohány Street Synagogue, one of the many thermal baths, have some old-world comfort food, visit the Central Market, one of the ruin bars, or the Saint Stephen Basilica.
I came to Budapest with no expectations, but knowing that like many European cities, it would be full of history and architecturally rich, however, I found it to be much more, it was a feast for the senses and picture perfect surprises at every turn. I left Budapest with a sense of excitement, wonder and a feeling of déjà vu, so much so, that I am certain I will visit again, no doubt.
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