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Visiting Budapest? When to Go & the Reasons to Visit

Planning for a trip to Budapest, Hungary is one exciting thing to do. Unlike before where you have to panic about your itinerary when you are already in the city, now, you can prepare your vacation in the capital of Hungary even months before you set your foot in the place.  – So you really won’t have to worry about budgeting your time whether you have a long or short vacation.

For a short visit, like a weekend in Budapest, you’d need a more compact plan of activities. Do away with those that would consume your time more and visit tourist attractions that are located close to one another so as to avoid wasting transportation time. If you are planning for a long weekend, then seize the moment of each day you have in the city. Your day 1 and 2 may be spent wandering around Budapest’s main attractions then go pampering yourself on day 3.

Longer visits, like a week perhaps, are perfect as you can really take your time enjoying the city’s wonders. You can visit one place in Budapest in one day and spend your time exploring it. – Just don’t forget to bring your camera and snap a photo!

A day trip in Budapest is best enjoyed with friends or with your family. You can try commuting or you can simply walk around the city’s streets. However you like your vacation in the city will be, you can have it with proper planning of your Budapest itineraries.

Weekend

Planning for a weekend in Budapest would not be an easy thing to do as the city has a lot in store for you. However, if this is the only time you’ve got to spend in this Hungarian capital, you just have to make sure to visit as much attractions there is in Budapest.

Here are some of those that you should not miss:

The Grand Circus and Amusement Park
Located in the city park, the circus is a great weekend destination, especially for families. Because the performances take place at 10 in the morning on Saturdays and Sundays, you and your kids will still have more time to check out more sights in Budapest. To save more time, it is advised for you to book your tickets in advance.

Budapest Zoo
Still located on the city park, the zoo features various animals that will surely make your day. Since 1866, the zoological garden, which was then under the management of Janos Xantus showcase lovely buildings designed by well-known architects.

Hungarian National Gallery
Situated at the Royal Palace, the Hungarian National Gallery has a number of collections that include several Hungarian arts which will give you a glimpse of how art developed in the country throughout the years. You can check out its permanent exhibitions like those from the Renaissance and Medieval eras.

The gallery is open daily (except on Monday) from 10am through 6pm.

The Castle Quarter

An interesting site to visit on your weekend stay in Budapest, the Castle Quarter was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is the core of the city’s history featuring many of the country’s important historical monuments, the most famous of which is the 700-year old Matthias Church which highlights its Gothic towers. Walking down the quarter’s streets, you will be captivated with the Baroque houses – like transporting you back in time.

Underneath the streets of the Castle Quarter you will find a labyrinth of caves that were used by the German soldiers during the Second World War. Above the ground, you will appreciate the Royal Palace that showcases several museums on its wings. The National Szechenyi Library and the residence of the country’s president are also headquartered in the palace.

These are just a few of the places that you should not miss for a weekend in Budapest. With such a short time, it is important to really make the most of your stay in the city. Seize every moment of your weekend and enjoy its offerings.

Day Trip

Whether you find your way to Budapest by bus, by plane or by train, a twenty-four-hour stay in the capital city of Hungary, considered being the country’s commercial, cultural and industrial center is bound to be a happy trip.

Commuting or simply walking about the city will prove enough to see the massively majestic architecture and sites of the place, since for a city it is just the right size— not too big, not to cramped. Most sites to see are close to each other, and all other places may be reached by public transport.

Budapest can be enjoyed by all: singles, couples, busy-bodies and students. Your day-off must-sees are the Buda Castle, the historical palace complex of all the monarchs of Budapest; Hero’s Square with its Millenium Monument, with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded.

Hungary and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history as its central site, which is right next to two notable places for the ones who like to appreciate art: the Museum of Fine Art and the Palace of Art, which showcase interesting and historical works of art by various artists such as Rembrandt and Goya;  and another is the Fisherman’s Bastion, a viewing terrace with many beautiful towers, which owes its name from the fishermen who protected the stretch of land it occupied in the Middle Ages.

Hungry? There are various restaurants around the city for a quick meal before more exploration.

You’d have seen many of Budapest’s great tourist spots by the time you need to hit the bus (or plane, or train) back to your original destination. A camera, a map and a bit of cash are just about all you need to have an awesome day trip to this amazingly carved city full of majesty and history.

Week

Got your latest paycheck and the whole week off? Take a break at Budapest!

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It is considered the country’s commercial, industrial, and cultural center.

When in the city, do check in at any of its fine hotels and settle down for the afternoon, enjoying lunch from room service and just looking out the window, getting a grasp of the fact that you’re in one of the most historical cities in the world.

Grab a tourist map and your camera, and set off for many architectural treats and sights throughout your week.

Visit the historical palace complex of the Buda Castle, the breathtaking Hero’s Square which features the Millenium Monument, the viewing terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion(which owes its name from the fishermen who protected the stretch of land it occupied in the Middle Ages), the large bathing complex of Széchenyi Baths, one of the largest bathing complexes in Europe, and the Hungarian Parliament building among others.

Everywhere you look, a striking building, monument or bridge is bound to catch your eye. – Even the railway station is a sight to behold!.

If you are hungry, there are also various restaurants surrounding the city for a quick meal before more exploration.  You must dine on a cruise at the Danube River, where you’ll see the whole of Budapest from a distance.

Who wouldn’t want a few Hungarian friends, right? Be the first to make a move and befriend a Budapest local. After staying for a week at Budapest, you might not even want to leave! As you fly out, look through all the beautiful photos you’ve taken, and show your friends back home that you had a great time indeed.

Sandy

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