Guide to Budapest
I LOVE BUDAPEST. I spent four months in the city in 2016. Here's what I have to say.
Tourist Walk #1
- Parliament Building
- Chain Bridge
- Funicular up to Buda castle
- Tour Fisherman's Bastion
- Soviet Monument for a photo op
Tourist Walk #2
- Grand Marketplace
- Vaci Utca
- Ride Metro 1 to Hosok Terre
- City Park
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- Look thorugh the windows into Szechenyi bath
- Szechenyi Bath - this one is the most popular, and the most touristy. It's the notable yellow building in City Park.
- Gellert Bath - inside a swanky hotel. It's across the danube from the Grand Market.
- Rudas Bath - has a nice roof view
- Veli Bej - a 16th century Turkish bath. It's cheaper and tourists will be in the minority. You can call them ahead of time to see if there are discount days (tuesday/thursday). It's tricky to find as you have to cross a hotel lobby and go down a flight of stairs.
Hungarian Food and DrinkFood
- Langos (laang-oh-sh) - think of it as a funnel cake. But they put sour cream on it. You can get it at the grand-market.
- Guyash - stew. Don't get it at any of the places near tourist destinations. Zeller/menza/hungaricum bistro are good.
- Kürtőskalács (cur-toh-sh k-ah-la-sh) - street food desert. You'll see them. They hike the prices in the summer, but still worth getting.
- You'll find a lot of traditional Hungarian food at 'Hungaricum Bistro' near the capital building, but I'd say go to some of the other restaurants (menza, zeller).
- Don't get Hungarian Beer, you have better things to do
- Wine - Hungary has aton of wine regions. Eger "Bull's Blood" is one of teh better known. Villany is another famous wine region.
- Palinka - fruit brandy. Usually 30-40% alcohol unlesssss you get it froma family member. Then there's no way to tell how strong it is. lol. Last I was there, I could buy 80% at Menza.
- Unicum - an herbal alcohol. They think it's good for curing diseases. Fucking gross. Tastes like licorice. But try it.