(photo above: Budapest Parliament From The Danube instagram: @insta_kels_)
Caught in the middle between East and West, the Capital city of Budapest has a striking history of conflict, resolution, and rebirth. Dating back to the 6th century BCE, the city has been the conquest of many empires; ranging from the Romans to the Huns and later the Austrian, Turkish, and Soviet Empires. This diverse history of war and conquest has forged a city of varied architectural styles, cuisines, cultures, and pastimes. The city itself is formed of two halves; Buda perched on the hill and Pest in the valley below. The two are separated by the natural boundary of the River Danube, which is easily traversed by one of the many bridges stretched across its rolling waters. Rising from the shoreline is the stately Hungarian National Parliament, which is breathtakingly illuminated by night. On the opposite side, is the equally as grandiose Buda Castle. The palace proper is home to the national gallery, library, and history museum; making for a full day of activity. The Castle District is also home to many delicious restaurants, cafes, and wine caves alongside other points of interest such as Matthias Church and the striking Panorama of Pest below.
Descending down the mountain is the Gellért Baths, one of many famous thermal bathhouses constructed over the 125 natural springs throughout the city. Spend at least a day in one of the baths, gently wandering from hot to cool pools relaxing amongst locals and travellers alike. After working up an appetite in the water, enjoy a meal at one of Budapest’s new culinary houses. Recently, the city has erupted with young chefs and new takes on traditional Hungarian cuisine alongside polishing old favorites like goulash, cabbage rolls, and meat dumplings. A good place to sample both the old and the new, are in the Great Hall Market, a restored neogothic haunt for serious foodies. Budapest is simply a jewel of central Europe, offering a little something for everyone.
(photo to right: Central Market Hall Paprika instagram: @evansustyle)