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5 good reasons to go to Budapest
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Culture and history
Though Budavár palace cannot be visited, climbing the hill on which it perches and strolling through the grounds is also worth it: the churches, statues, history museum and national gallery all deserve a visit. For a more surprising tour, head to the castle’s medieval catacombs. They once used to be a prison, with many secrets.
A splendid Parliament
Set along the Danube’s banks, on the Pest side, the Hungarian Parliament is a Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance masterpiece. Guided tours take tourists through the building’s luxurious corridors, right up to the royal jewels. Saint Stephen’s crown - the first King of Hungary - is kept within these walls.
A mosaic castle
Budapest is constantly astounding its visitors. The City Park is home to a less-than-ordinary site: Vajdahunyad castle. Cardboard façade or the real deal? This real castle, erected in 1896 for the National Millennium Exhibition, bears testimony to all the different architectural styles present in Hungary. A museum of agriculture was also set up inside.
Relaxing in the baths
After a long day’s walking, Budapest’s baths will relax your body and mind. There is always a good reason to go, be it with family, friends or colleagues. The Szechényi baths are among the city’s most splendid. Its Baroque buildings are simply magnificent. Other baths are also worth a visit, such as Veli Bej and Gellert.
Kerts, a quirky adventure
Fancy an all-new experience? Then head to the kerts, or “gardens”. These bars and clubs give a second life to abandoned buildings. The result is quite amazing. Their extremely large size makes it possible to fulfil even the craziest dreams. Step into the Szimpla Kert and enter a quirky new world.
Goulash, traditional Hungarian stew
The most renowned dish in Hungary is without a doubt goulash. This spicy stew is enjoyed by all during the winter. What goes in? Beef, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, a few herbs and paprika - the essential touch. Leave to simmer 2 to 3 hours. Chicken goulash can also be found.
Rétes, similar to the strudel
When in Budapest, it would be an awful shame to miss out on some delicious rétes. This fine-crusted rolled-up cake is quite simply exquisite. Filled with fruit, jam or cream, they can be enjoyed for dessert or as an afternoon treat. Rétes are not always sweet - there are savoury options too. Some food-lovers would buy a plane ticket just to try one!
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