Budapest: The perfect destination for a long weekend break
Published: 22 December 2014
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is a gem of a city and a treasure trove that attracts so many each year. If you haven’t visited yet, add it to your 2015 list! From its baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings to its wonderful Hungarian dishes that are heart-warming and tasty, this city is the perfect place for a European long weekend break
Here are some more great reasons to visit.
The city has a charm that has been created by its many influences during its long history. There are so many wonderful attractions to visit and whatever time of year you opt for, there are bound to be festivals and events taking place too! With so much to do and see, this city is great for those wanting to get away and explore. Young or old to travelling as a couple or friends, we highly recommend this city for a getaway!
Attractions that are a must see
No trip to Budapest would be complete without visiting the must see attractions. St. Stephen’s Basilica is one of the largest and most important churches in the country due to its magnificence and its architectural beauty. The Chain bridge is considered to be an architectural beauty and is a symbolic representation of the country’s economic achievement. And the Széchenyi Medicinal Baths are one of Europe’s largest bath complexes, where the water, sourced from two thermal springs is said to be ‘healing’ and helping with medical problems such as arthritis and joint diseases.
One experience not to be missed is to take a ride on the subway which will transport you back to the past, it’s the second oldest underground rail system in the world and its Line 1 is protected by UNESCO.
Cuisines and drinks that are a must have during the trip
Inspired by its historical and cultural influences, Hungarian cuisine is a delightful experience that will no doubt leave you craving for more! The hearty stews and soups, game dishes and tasty casseroles with a spicy kick are delicious. And the desserts are just as good with cakes and pastries in abundance. And if you like a tipple, be sure to try the tokaji (Hungarian wine!) too!
Shop till you drop
Shop the Great Market Hall. The Great Market Hall has a history all its own, but for visitors, it acts as a one-stop shop for Hungarian food and crafts. Peruse the bottom floor for pastries, sausages, and wine. Ascend to the top floor for embroidered shawls, handmade soaps, and porcelain.
Budapest is a lovely city, charming and welcoming and travellers of all ages are bound to have a lovely time. Remember to take your Flexicover travel insurance with you.