The city of Budapest is built on an exceptional site, bisected by the Danube: on the Buda side, there are green hills and valleys and Pest on the Pest side, there is a vast plain. The heart of Budapest, World Heritage of UNESCO, is dominated by the beautiful panorama along the rushing waters of the river, beside which stands the impressive Parliament, Royal Palace, Fisherman's Bastion, the citadel of Mount Gellert and the fabulous Chain Bridge. This City of Central Europe is full of good restaurants, cafes and especially extraordinary spas such as Gellért and Széchenyi baths, where you relax in an exceptional setting. Somebody thinks that its grand architecture is the appeal of Budapest, but its vibrant cultural life and its relaxed lifestyle make it as one of the most charming European cities.
|Capital:||Budapest (1.7 million inhabitants)|
|Density:||108 inhab. / Km|
|Currency:||forint (Ft). 1 euro = 292 HUF in May 2012|
|Sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO:||the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma, Budapest (the Danube, the Buda Castle and Andrássy Avenue), Hollókö the Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs, the Hortobágy National Park, the landscape Fertö / Nieusiedlersee, the wine region of Tokaj and caves Aggtelek.|
The food is tasty. The dishes are not spicy currents. They use lots of dill, oregano, tarragon and basil. The city is full of restaurants where you eat good food, generally much less expensive than in France.
Colorful floral embroidery, dresses, tablecloths, blouses.
More expensive, traditional porcelains of Herend Floral also, painted eggs.
Matriochkas (nesting dolls), you will find in the Vaci street in Budapest, many souvenir shops that will offer, usually, these dolls in traditional red wood.
One will also find many wooden toys, not very expensive, to delight children. For little ones who like to dress, there are sometimes very colorful folk clothes.
For alimentation, bring the paprika, of course, but also cold cuts (salami), all can find in markets or in supermarkets. Also remember of wine, if you're not too busy: Tokaj and red wines (Egri Bikavér, for example). And the inevitable round bottle of Unicum.
March: Spring Festival
June: Carnival of the Danube in Budapest
July-August Summer: Festival in Buda BudaFest
August: Sziget Festival in Budapest