Hungary’s capital is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe, and once you get there you’ll understand why. Straddling the Danube River, with the picturesque Buda Hills to the west and the start of the Great Plain to its east, Budapest has been and still is a gem of capital.
The city is made into a wonderful place to visit both by Mother Nature as well as human hands, because from an architectural point of view, Budapest is populated with a plethora of styles, from Baroque, Neoclassical to Eclectic and Art Nouveau, there is something for every type of architecture enthusiast.
As the capital of Hungary, Budapest has been at the center of many important events that have swept the region, hence why you’ll find Turkish-era thermal baths steaming on one corner, parks and museums filled with visitors and pleasure boats sailing up and down the Danube.
The city has become something of a partying city for the entire region, it’s an activity that takes over many parts of the city, especially during the summer months when outdoor entertainment areas, known as ‘gardens’, which overflow with revellers.
Obviously that is not the only thing to do in such an old city, because the food and drink are truly exceptional and cheap – when compared to Western European capitals.
However the capital is not without its share of issues, as is the case with most other large cities in the region, organized crime, pollution and mindless graffiti plague much of its real estate. Also the international fast-food chains tend to contrast rather heavily with the overall architectural vibe of the place, some might find it a little bit too intrusive.
But those are the problems that come with rapid development, especially following the fall of the Iron Curtain, considering the fact that the entire region has a lot of catching up to do with the rest of Europe.
Ideally you should visit the capital during the spring or summer, or the start of autumn, because for most of the autumn and winter, the place can get a little bit too damp for most people’s liking.