Budapest certainly lives up to its reputation. It has beautiful architecture, a lively night life, thermal roman-era baths, and, of course, the opportunity to admire the river Danube. What makes Budapest so unique is its mix of Western and Eastern Europe.
Budapest is situated on the Danube River which divides Buda and Pest, two large towns that are now a single city. Buda is the elegant residential area, while Pest is the commercial and financial heart of the city. Both districts offer plenty of opportunities for both exciting adventures and relaxing tours.
Budapest has a history which is both rich and complex. It is also an inexpensive travel option, for those who want to blend history and culture in their travels. While Budapest does have excellent public transportation, it is a romantic city at heart, so we suggest that you take the tame to explore the city on foot. This way, you will be able to appreciate the lavish architecture at your own pace. It is not for nothing that Budapest is also called “Paris of the East”.
Where to go
Saint Stephen’s Basilica
One of the most impressive buildings of the city is Saint Stephen’s Basilica. Located on the Pest side of the city, it was once used as a coronation site for the Hapsburg monarchs. The best thing is the views from the top of the church as it also offers the highest 360-degree views of the city. Inside the church you can even see St. Stephens’s mummified right hand!
Another extraordinary achievement, the Budapest Parliament combines several architectural styles, ranging from Neo-Gothic to Baroque. It is the 3rd largest parliament in the world and can be seen from every corner of the city. The guided tours inside are so popular that you will have to book in advance, but it is an experience that is heartily recommended.
Szechenyi Thermal Baths
One of the most relaxing activities in Budapest is to visit on of the many thermal baths. Thermal baths were well known since Roman times, but today Szechenyi Baths is by far the most popular. Built in 1913, it is one of the largest spas in Europe and has a beautiful baroque architecture. The waters there are rich in minerals, and you can see people of all ages relaxing there, every hour of the day.
Where to eat
Caviar and Bull
Caviar and Bull holds a well-deserved place at the pinnacle of Budapest restaurant scene. Here, you will find an international menu, and be able to try out specialties from both land and sea. The restaurant uses only the finest ingredients, from both Hungarian and international sources. Whatever you may be looking for, you can find it here: Traditional Hungarian dishes such as duck liver and mangalica, or more Mediterranean dishes such as fresh caviar and seafood. And of course, there is a skilled team of professionals ready to supply you from a wide range of Hungarian quality wines, such as the famous red wine Egri Bikavér and the white wine Tokay.
The restaurant itself is situated adjacent to Corinthia Hotel Budapest, at the heart of the city, so it is very easily accessible. Visit Caviar and Bull, and enter the world of contemporary dining.
Dining at Uncensored Restaurant is such an experience, that you shouldn’t skip out on your gastro plans. By visiting Uncensored you will be able to taste the flavors of multiple countries, every 20 minutes a different one, all in a single night.
Uncensored is an exclusive 10 table restaurant. You will be able to try dishes from Hungary, Russia, Asia, and even South America. During your time there, you will be surrounded by 360-degree audio-visual three-dimensional video mapping and authentic music, all of which will help you immerse yourself in each destination country.
This unique chef’s journey experience is not to be missed. It is an extraordinary gastronomic experience that will remain with you for a long time after.
Where to stay
Aquaworld Resort Budapest is a 4-star hotel, which is located in the Ujpest district of Budapest. A true international locale, this resort features babysitting services, a mini club, a playroom for guests with children, and even a health club for sports lovers. The hotel’s location is perfect for travelers who wish to explore every corner of the city. It is not only situated close to the M0 motorway ring, but it even offers a free shuttle service to the center, specifically, to Heroes’ Square.
The hotel is unique in Budapest: It offers 309 rooms, including junior suites, suites presidential suites with additional luxury, and special rooms for disabled guests. There are even rooms with work desks, for those who need to keep in touch with their professional obligations, making the hotel ideal not only for short but also for long-term stay. Rooms are furnished with kichenettes, dining areas, mini fridges, elegant flat screen TVs with satellite channels. Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for free.
Aquaworld Resort’s features a daily buffet breakfast, and gourmet cuisine is served in the hotels several restaurants. If after your all-day exploration you feel tired, in the evenings you can retire to the entertainment center, which is connected to the hotel, for a relaxing evening. The entertainment center features a film room, a card games room, a billiard and gaming room, and a cozy cigar room. There is also a carefully designed kid’s house for the younger guests. And let us not forget the hotels main attraction for families, the Aquaworld Water Park. It is one of the biggest water theme parks in Europe. Every member of the family will find something here to do, whether taking an exciting ride on one of the 11 giant water slides, or a visit to the saunas for a sublime experience.