A guide that lets you Eat, Drink, See, Stay and Shop just like a local. We go straight to the point with simple Top 5 lists. Full of gems, this is a guide that you will love then pass along to your friends.
Rustic. Creative. Rebirth. History. Artistic. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It’s impossible to go there for a weekend to fully take in all that it truly has to offer. With a thriving nightlife, thermal baths galore, fusion of music buzzing all around, one can never run out of things to experience in Buda or Pest. We think the best way to enjoy it is to combine historical classics with contemporary inspirations. From the Buda Castle and thermal spas, to ruin pubs and gastronomical restaurants; this guide will allow you to Eat, Drink, See, Stay and Shop just like a local. We’re showing you our hidden gems so you can discover your own favorite nooks.
For first-time travelers to Budapest, here’s the 411:
Geography: Hungary is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. Budapest is in the region of Central Hungary and covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) with city limits.
Economic Resources: Hungary’s main industries are mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), and motor vehicles. Budapest is a global city and accounts for nearly 40% of the national income. The city is a major center for banking and finance, retailing, trade, transportation, tourism, real estate, new media as well as traditional media, advertising, legal services, accountancy, insurance, theater, fashion, and the arts.
Religion: A majority of Hungarians are Catholics, others are Calvinists or Lutherans.
Population: Approximately 1.74 million inhabitants.
Language: Hungarian (in our opinion, next to Finnish, this is one of the most difficult languages to learn but sounds gorgeously beautiful!)
5 Fascinating City Features:
- Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has extensive World Heritage Sites including: the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world.
- “City of Baths” – The Romans first settled in the area so that they could utilize and enjoy thermal springs. Today, there are still ruins you can see that were built during that time period. Budapest gained its reputation as a city of spas in the 1920s, following the first realization of the economic potential of the thermal waters in drawing in visitors. Now, it has the world’s largest thermal water caver system, and has 80 geothermal springs.
- The city attracts 4.3 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world. So, watch out for pick-pocketters!
- Traditional dance culture is huge, Budapest is one of the few cities in the world where a high school for folk dance learning exists.
- Budapest has 837 different monuments, mostly in Hungarian Art Nouveau style of architecture. There are 223 museums and galleries, 40 theaters, 7 concert halls and an opera house. Sziget Festival is one of the biggest music festivals in the world.
- Weather: Budapest is quite humid. Summer months go from very warm to extremely hot. Winter months (November through March) can be harshly cold to no sunshine. Definitely expect snowfalls.
- Electricity: European standard…220 Volt with the two round prongs and generally recessed sockets.
- Time Difference: Central European Time, UTC +1 (UTC +2 during summertime). AKA: 1 hour ahead of London, 6 hours ahead of NYC but 6 hours behind Shanghai.
- Money: Hungarians use Forint (HUF). Euros and credit cards are ok only in commercial places, we think you should just expect to pay only in forints especially if you plan on visiting local pubs, thermal baths and galleries.
- Airport: Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport (BUD)
- Subway: Budapest Metro is one of the oldest in the world, they run from 4:30AM until 11:30PM every day.
- Hello – helló
- Thank you – köszönöm
- Yes – igen
- Where is this? – mi ez?
- How much? – mennyi
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