#Innsider’s guide to Budapest
It is the capital city of Hungary and one of the largest cities in Europe, and Budapest has a lot to offer. The name Budapest is a result of a merger between the two cities of Buda and Pest, the two separated by the Danube river. Keep reading for our innsider tips and recommendations for making the most of your stay in this fabulous city.
In 1934, Budapest was awarded the title “Spa City”, so it isn’t hard to find a spot for relaxation. Innsiders spend a day in the healing thermal waters of Gellért Baths, opened in 1918. Its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, mosaic floors and intricate sculptures make it a must-see.
The Szimpla Farmers Market hides one of the most unusual bars you can visit in Budapest, slightly off the usual tourist routes. Innsiders head to the Szimpla Kert Ruin pub on a Sunday to sample the home made dishes made with ingredients from the farmers market. The pub is well known, but wandering through the farmers market (which supports local families who grow the produce) will give you a real taste of Hungary.
Take a pilgrimage
If you are near the Liberty Bridge or don’t mind a 20-30 minute walk, it is worth the journey to see the unusual Cave Church. Formed from a series of inter-connecting chambers set into a rock face under the Gellert Hill, it was established in 1926 by a group of Pauline monks on a pilgrimage. The admission fee is small and there is an audio tour available for those who want to learn more. For those romantics out there, you can even book a wedding here!
Craft beer is popular in this booming capital city. Beer lovers should head to the twice yearly Fozdefeszt Craft Beer Festival, usually organised in June and September, the three-day event sees over 20 Hungarian breweries showcasing around 70 different craft beers. Still need convincing? It is free to get in.
A place to stay
The Park Inn by Radisson Budapest is located in the business district just a 30 minute drive from the airport and a short Metro journey to the centre of the city. Guests can overlook the hills of Buda or take in views of the city centre.
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