Why Budapest is the Perfect Blend of Old and New

A beautiful contradiction

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Some cities in the world simply ooze history, culture, and traditions, and when they are easily accessible by low cost airlines, it makes visiting them all the easier for wannabe travellers. One of those cities is without a doubt Budapest.

Made famous by the song, Budapest is actually split in two halves – Buda and Pest, and is lapped by the waters of the famous Danube River. A cruise down the river will certainly show you the differing buildings and architecture the city is famous for, but aside from all this beauty and tradition, it is also really popular with people on their stag weekends too, mainly because it’s so cheap to get to, and the cost of beer is low too, with a wide range of different types of nightlife on offer.

As the capital city of Hungary, Budapest is home to some of the country’s grandest buildings, including the iconic Hungarian National Parliament building, which sits on the banks of the river itself, grand and imposing for those passing by. The city has actually earned UNESCO World Heritage Status and when you have visited you will understand why. There are countless museums and galleries for culture vultures, including the famous National Gallery, and we mentioned architecture too, which is evident at every corner. There’s no surprise that Budapest is earned itself the nickname of the ‘Paris of the East’.

You might be thinking that this all sounds a little too olde-worlde for certain visitors, but the fantastic thing about Budapest is that it has a very young and vibrant vibe to it as well, which blends perfectly with the historic buildings and natural scenery around it. It is also a very walkable city, however there are very easy to use public transport links available too. A walking tour is a great way to see the main highlights, with the help of a guide, or you could hire a bike and get active if you prefer – whichever one you choose, the cost is low, if not free, in the case of a walking tour.

The thermal baths which the city is famous for should certainly be visited, and there are several to choose from. Aside from this, the Royal Palace is a must do, as well as Vajdahunyad Castle. If you’re visiting with children, check out Budapest Zoo, which is home to countless species of wildlife, as well as being the oldest in the world. The Central Market Hall should also be visited for a spot of traditional daily life in Budapest, and you can easily grab many souvenirs here to take home. If you prefer mainstream shopping however, there are malls and many famous High Street stores too – giving you that blend of authentic tradition and modern too.

Whatever reason you have for visiting Budapest, whether it is for a cheap stag do with plenty of alcoholic refreshment, or for a cultural city break away from it all, there is no denying that Budapest is the perfect contradiction, and a beautiful one at that.

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