Why did we decide to make a guide to Budapest? No brainer! Hungary’s capital is one of the most fascinating cities to visit in Europe. It holds a certain charm that is unique to it’s warm and earthy city. This praise is not without the physical proof of how beautiful Budapest is to the eyes. Located beside the river Danube, Budapest is enveloped by gorgeous architecture, endless cultural events, and interesting activities.
Thinking of visiting one of Europe’s most idyllic places to live in? Here’s a guide to Budapest that contains five of the most basic things you should note of!
The exchange rate is better in Hungary
The official currency for the country of Hungary is Hungarian Forints (HUF). Hungarian banks offer better exchange rates than the foreign ones, so it’s better to exchange money once you’re in Budapest then exchanging them in your own home country.
There are many options for exchanging cash in Budapest. However, the currency exchange kiosks in tourist areas or shopping malls offer the best exchange rates.
Viyahe tip: Some places, stores, and hotels accept Euros as payment. However, you might want to check the exchange rate first because you might be better off paying in Forints than Euro.
Learning basic Hungarian is essential.
The most dominantly used language in Budapest is Hungarian, the official language of the country. There is also a minority population who speak in German in other parts of Hungary. While the language is quite hard to learn because of its tough pronunciation, learning some essential phrases will give you an easier time as you traverse the city’s streets.
Viyahe tip: Learn some of the phrases here.
A trip to the city is best in either spring or summer
March and April in the city offers the Budapest Spring Festival. This is sure toendear music fans because of the opera shows and jazz gigs in various locations in the city. Meanwhile, the Budapest Summer Festival happens during June to August, which features an open-air opera on Margaret Island.
If festivals aren’t your thing, walking around the city is the best way to understand the culture. A warm and breezy weather is the best company to explore Budapest! Spring and summer truly are the best times to visit the city.
Viyahe tip: The city’s lesser-known festival happen during August — Sziget, a multistage international pop and rock music festival, and the Budapest Wine Festival that happens on September.
Walking along the Budapest streets is like time traveling to the 19th Century
Many call the city the “Paris of the East” and a walk through its streets prove why. Budapest is brimming with architectural marvels that exhibit different design eras such as baroque, neoclassical, and art nouveau. However, most of its most prominent designs are from the 18th to 19th century which is considered to be the capital city’s “golden age.”
Some of the most gorgeous architectural marvels that the city offers are the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, the Vigadó Concert Hall on the Danube Promenade, and The Hungarian State Opera House in Andrassy Avenue.
Viyahe tip: Head to Trinity Square to see one of the city’s oldest structures: the 13th-century Matthias Church which offers a very expansive view of the city.
It’s not a real Budapest trip without a visit to the public baths.
One interesting thing about the city of Budapest is its tradition of public bathing. The tradition is said to date back during the Roman times which the city still observes until today. The city itself finds itself on a patchwork of almost 125 thermal springs. It’s no surprise that there are public baths all over the city!
Most of these public bath are quite a sight for sore eyes because of the beautiful and ornate designs. The elaborately design Széchenyi thermal baths complex is very famous, while the art nouveau fountain at Gellert Bath looks like it’s taken right off a movie.
Viyahe tip: Make sure to wear strong-grip slippers because it can get quite slippery!