‘Hungary’

Unconventional Budapest

Budapest is a classical, monumental and elegant European city. But there is another side to Budapest that is not so well known, it is less conventional, more avant garde and extremely interesting. Here go some of those places that you should know, aside from some of the essential, well-known monuments of the city. · Ruin Bars. We have already mentioned them in this blog. Ruin bars, as suggested by their name, are bars and/or restaurants in a poor state of conservation and with eclectic decoration but with a great atmosphere, plus drinks at cheap prices. Most of them are in…

The trendiest district in Budapest

In Budapest, the capital of Hungary, you can see some of the most impressive monuments in Europe such as the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica. A bit more secluded though equally interesting is Budapest’s trendiest quarter: the Jewish Quarter or District VII, marked out by Dohany, Karoly, Kiraly and Kertesz Streets. This quarter has a moving and tragic history. It is home to the world’s second largest synagogue and it is the ghetto where Jews were forced to live in during the Second World War and the Nazi holocaust. When you reach this quarter, the first thing to meet your…

Budapest. Down to business.

You are in a beautiful European capital, Budapest, where every corner is worth a visit. You don’t have much time and need to get down to business. No time to waste. Here go the essentials, none of which will disappoint you. · Castle of Buda: not visiting this castle is like going to Paris for the first time and not going to see the Eiffel Tower. · Fisherman’s Bastion: here you can take the best pictures. Your Instagram account will be on fire! · Bridges: they are all fine, beautiful, especially in the evening. The lighting is superb. You have…

Tips for travelling to Budapest

When preparing a trip to a city, for instance Budapest, certain tips can come in handy. A piece of advice or two can make you feel more comfortable during your stay. Below are a few tips and tricks that will make life easier for you in Budapest. · When you arrive at the airport in Budapest change just enough money to get by. The exchange rate is usually less favorable than if you change money in the city center. Ideally you should change it at your home country—this is one of the main tips when travelling to Budapest. · Make…

Budapest in 5 minutes

We really like this time lapse of the city of Budapest produced by NN Photography. 5 minutes of images that show us this beautiful city from dawn to well into the night. You will surely be able to glimpse the splendor of Budapest with excellent views of the city. After watching this time lapse you might feel like catching the next flight to Budapest right away, won’t you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ynGpsRtNHw   “IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has a 5-star hotel in Budapest: the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest. It is located in a privileged area, surrounded by important buildings, embassies and shopping areas.…

Budapest in a weekend

Weekends are perfect for a getaway from your daily routine, enabling your senses to indulge in the charms of a European capital. To do this, however, if you don’t want to miss out on the essentials, it is best that you carefully plan out your trip beforehand. Budapest is one of the most attractive cities for a two day visit. The easiness with which you can use public transportation and a good preparation of your visit will allow you to enjoy a city that has a lot to offer in just two days. Check out our proposed itinerary. The first…

The lively summer terraces of Budapest

When the weather turns fair the city of Budapest is transformed. The first warm rays of sun send the inhabitants of the Magyar capital to the streets, swarming to the terraces that give a different view of the city. These terraces, known as Kerts, are much more than simply tables and chairs out in the streets. They are genuine oases in the city center; most of them open around April and close in mid or late September. In most cases they are add-ons to establishments that are open all year round. Below are some of the best ones in the…

A delicious goulash at the Central Market Hall in Budapest

MED_Un delicioso goulash en el Mercado Central de Budapest

The Central Market Hall of Budapest, built at the end of the 19th century, is the largest market in the Hungarian capital. The building was partially destroyed during the Second World War, to the point that it was declared to be in a state of ruin. The restoration works lasted three years and it is presently one of the most emblematic buildings in Budapest. The Central Market Hall of Budapest is a must for anyone visiting the city and interested in shopping. But what can we find at this market? On the first floor you can find everything you need…

The alternative corners of Budapest

The version of a city that you see in guidebooks is not always the version in which its residents live. Travelers seeking to coexist within a destination, to feel a part of it and not be a mere spectator, normally encounter places which have been prepared and touched up to form part of visitors’ photo albums. But all cities have places that make them what they are. And these are not necessarily the mass tourism reference points. Budapest is full of them. The central market is one such place. The essential point for buying paprika, salami or food take back…

Budapest, the city of the caves

The city of Budapest has always been linked to the amount of thermal baths it contains. In its streets there are more than one hundreds pools of different water temperatures which serve the residents, not only to warm up when the city is covered with a white blanket, but also as a place of social gathering; to have a drink, play chess, chat or flirt. But these pools also have an underground consequence. The thermal water erosion has made the subsoil of the city and its surrounding areas a real labyrinth with more than 200 caves, the most famous being…