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Fishermans Bastion Budapest

Unexpected Surprises in Fascinating Hungary

Jon Panella
by Jonathan Panella

May 31, 2018

2 minute read

This post is my third in a three-part series about my adventures in Eastern Europe. Today, I highlight my favorite Hungary tourism experiences where I had a chance to relax a bit while exploring beautiful places full of incredible architecture and plenty of fascinating culture.

Baths and must-sees in Budapest

szechenyi baths budapest

When visiting Budapest, you absolutely must visit at least one of the city's famed thermal baths such as the Gellért or Széchenyi Baths. The feeling of soaking in thermal mineral water in these ornate and beautiful baths is one of the most relaxing things to do after spending your day exploring the sights.

Aside from the many baths, I would also recommend visiting the Hungarian Parliament, Chain Bridge, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Buda Castle, Vajdahunyad Castle, and Hero's Square to name a few. One of my favorite memories from our time in Budapest was walking around the banks of the Danube River at night to see the city lit up. It was breathtaking.

Danube at night

Participating in a local holiday

Budapest flag

Something that I particularily love about traveling is that after all of the planning and research that goes into planning your own trip (seriously considering going guided next time), it is the unexpected that never ceases to amaze me. On our second day in Budapest, we had no idea that March 15th is Hungarian National Day (Nemzeti ünnep), so we were able to see the festivities surrounding the holiday such as open-air markets, live music, a marching band, local artisans selling their crafts, and many people in the streets celebrating this special day. It was a great way to get a glimpse into the local culture.

Traveling throughout Central and Eastern Europe is distinctly different and unique from other regions of Europe. With its' deeply-rooted history, customs, and individualuality of languages, currency, and sense of being I would highly recommend anyone to visit any and all of these beautiful nations.

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