Budapest The Hungarian capital of Budapest has long been on many a person’s list of “must visit” European cities. One of the largest and most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest is a tale of two cities united, Buda on the west, and Pest on the east of the river Danube, linked by the beautiful Chain Bridge. Crossing the bridge of an evening gives a wonderful view of Buda Castle.
Aside from the famous castle in the old Buda quarter and the many other world heritage sites, Budapest is also home to a number of historical thermal baths, some dating back as far as the 16th century. “The city of baths” as it is also known has over 100 thermal springs and the largest thermal cave system in the world, people flock from all over to immerse themselves in the healing properties of these natural spas.
Although traditional Hungarian fayre has always been popular with tourists, Budapest seems to be going through a bit of a foodie revolution at the moment, with a number of restaurants recently picking up the coveted Michelin Star. One of the most popular being Onyx Restaurant which offers a “Hungarian evolution” menu at surprisingly affordable prices.
Budapest is a popular Christmas market destination, however all year round the great market hall with its splendid architecture is open for business offering alongside a variety of souvenirs a great selection of local foods.