The city Aquincum (later Buda), was founded in the year 106 AD by the Romans. On the other side of the river Donau people settled down a little later (Pest) . The two cities merged in 1873. The river Donau runs right through the center of Budapest. On the Buda side you'll find The Royal Castle where you can stroll around and get an impression of life in the Middle Ages - and the Gellért Hill located 265 mos. From here you have a unique view of Budapest and the surroundings on a clear day.
On top is the Statue of Liberty (goes by the name bottleopner) 14 meters high. The Pest side offers a feast for the shopaholics and also you'll find a huge selection of restaurants and a lively nightlife.
Sightseeing can be done in many ways: Walking in groups with a guide, hop on/off tourist bus, horse & carriage, tuktuk: - or the luxurious way that provides that little extra - especially nice on a day with up to 40 degrees Celsius: Boattrip on Donau. Book a private speedboat with driver and get served sparkling wine as you cruise the Donau. Can be ordered here: http://dunarama.hu/en. Maximum 12 people. There are lots of other, less expensive offers available as well. Most of them have the same offer: River cruise with a buffet dinner together with large groups.
Take a few rounds in the ferris wheel - The Budapest eye
St. Stephen Basilica is a must see! Take the elevator and walk the stairs all the way to the top for the best view over the city. Only the Parliament has the same altitude on this side of Donau.
The City ZOO has all of the exotic species: Elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, kangaroos and even koalas. Close by you will find the well-known public bathing place Szechenyi Bath with thermal water:
Szechenyi Bath opened in 1931, with separate baths for men and women. Today the bath is a modern bath with opportunities both for those who enjoy the great community and those who want a little exclusivity. On the top floor you can get SPA treatments and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a fruit plate in peace and quiet in a restricted area, or take a little nap in a heavenly hammock.
War and Heroes
70% of Budapest was destroyed during WW2 - but has been rebuilt and restored like it was back then. Don't miss the "Hero Square" (Located just around the corner from Szechenyu Bath and restaurant Gundel). Beautiful place full of historic atmosphere and magnificent statues. This is the place where Hungary honors the brave men who fought for the country throughout the years.
The Lazar Equestrian Park. A slightly different Hungarian experience. About 45 minutes drive from the city center you will find this beautiful horsefarm that offer, amongst other things, horse carriage driving, dinner and show. Open for private visits as well as large groups. The show was absolutely stunning. The guy with bow and arrow was my personal favorite. What a skilled man! He hit the mark in the center almost every time - whilst at the same time - riding at full speed ...
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TAXI: Unlike Norway, it is cheaper to call for a taxi in Hungary than to stop them on the street. Never take a taxi that does not belong to a taxi company, or it can easily become Norwegian prices. Use Fötaxi, Tel: + 36-1-2222222. Or, choose public transportation. It runs around the clock. Tram no. 2 is called the sightseeing tram - an alternative to hop on / off bus. It takes you around to all the known landmarks.
The Royal Palace
Hungary's last king before they became a republic (1918) was King Charles the 4th. Today you will find only tourists in The Royal Castle, but it is a beautiful place and the view of Buda and Pest is amazing. You'll get there by the tourist bus, but if you want to stay a little longer and have a meal or a drink, avoid the "tourist traps" and look for Restaurant Baltazar. (located in one of the small streets surrounding the Castle area) Think it was best dining experience on our trip
Vine shop: Bortarsasag. Many locations around the city. The best selection at best price.
Approximately half an hour bus ride from the city center you will find this green, quiet and beautiful park area. A small garden of Eden for both locals and tourists when they need a break from the buzzling city centre. Here you can either bring a picnic bag and sit on the beach or in the grass or try one of the many tempting bistros - they are lined up along the boardwalk. One of them is called Fruska Bistro. We had a heavenly outdoor dinner there in the warm summer night. An unforgettable location by the waterfront and wonderful food.
Prestige Hotel Budapest. There are many hotels to choose from in Budapest, but this one is brand new (opened in April 2015) and is outstanding with it's 4 well deserved stars. Located right in the heart of the city.
The main shopping street in Pest is called Vaci Utca. Here you will find all the famous brands as well as some Hungarian exciting designer stores.
Biggest shopping center: West End.
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