One of the places I want to visit on my list is Budapest, which my Bestfriend is about to experience this coming week. Super happy for her! She will be travelling with girlfriends and it will definitely be an adventure like no other.
A WEEKEND IN BUDAPEST
NOTE: Some of the items listed here can be quite pricey, so choose wisely! And enjoy the adventure. You never know when will be your next trip back to Budapest.
Top 25 must-see attractions in Budapest:
- Hungarian Parliament Building
- Chain Bridge
- Buda Castle
- Fisherman’s Bastion
- Matthias Church
- St. Stephen’s Basilica
- Hungarian State Opera House
- Heroes Square
- Central Market Hall
- Liberty Bridge
- Vaci Street
- Music Fountain on the Margaret Island
- Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial
- Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Vajdahunyad Castle
- Gellert Hill
- Cafe New York
- Gresham Palace
- Historic metro line M1
- Buda Hill Funicular
- Margaret Bridge
- Hungarian National Gallery
- Andrassy Avenue
- Nyugati Railway Terminal
- Dohány Street Synagogue
Top 12 local things to taste in Budapest:
- Gulyásleves – goulash soup with meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices.
- Tokaj – sweet Hungarian white wine.
- Dobos torta – sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel.
- Gundel palacsinta – pancakes stuffed with a sweet walnut filling and drizzled with a sweet chocolate rum sauce.
- Pörkölt – meat stew in a thick paprika-spiced sauce.
- Halászlé – Fisherman’s Soup, traditional red fish soup spiced with hot paprika.
- Paprikás Csirke – creamy chicken paprikash with red spiced paprika and stewed chicken leg.
- Lángos – fried bread dough, often served with sour cream, garlic and cheese.
- Lecsó – mixed vegetable stew, the Hungarian ‘Ratatouille’.
- Local beer – Arany Aszok, Soproni, Dreher. I suggest you to try also dark lagers.
- Kürtőskalács – a chimney cake made from sweet yeast then spun and wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar.
- Kolbice – local street food, grilled Kolbász sausages in a cone-shaped bread.
Top 8 souvenirs to buy in Budapest:
- Hungarian Paprika – dried, packed in bags, pretty little cans, ceramic jars or in tube as a paste it’s cheap and appropriable souvenir. You can use it at home when you will be cooking a goulash soup or gift your family and friends.
- Tokaji Wine – with its slender, elegant bottles it’s a beautiful and delicious gift. Tokaji wine comes in a variety of different tastes including dry, Szamorodni, Aszu, Maslas, Fordiatas and Eszencia.
- Palinka – a traditional fruit brandy made of plums, apricots, apples, pears or cherries.
- Pick Salami – original Hungarian salami sausages that come in a variety of different types, flavors and levels of spice. If transported and kept unopened, it will last a long time.
- Handmade Hungarian Lace and Embroidery – for those who like traditional folk souvenirs.
- Unicum – a Hungarian herbal liqueur that is made of a mixture of over 40 different kinds of medicinal herbs and spices.
- Gyulai or Csabai Kolbasz – Hungarian spicy sausages with a lot of red paprika.
- Postcard – if you are looking for something cheap and weightless, a postcard with Hungarian Parliament Building on it is always a nice Budapest souvenir to bring back home.
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