Stephen was Hungary’s first king and lived between 970 and 1038 AD; today he is the country’s patron saint and his feast day is the biggest celebratory day in the Hungarian calendar. Celebrating St Stephen’s Day in Budapest on August 20 is an unforgettable experience full of music, dancing, feasting and fireworks.
Budapest is a city of two halves, both lending themselves to being explored from street level. The Baroque grandeur of Buda and the urban grit of Pest unite across the River Danube to enable tours of the compact city center of Budapest on foot.
Street art in Budapest is regarded as a sustainable way of repurposing old derelict buildings and adding color to areas such as Budapest District 7, which is already famous for its rehabilitating of dilapidated houses into ruin pubs.
Buda Castle and its palatial surrounding complex, once home to the Hungarian kings, sits high above Budapest on Castle Hill on the west side of the River Danube. Here’s how to discover the sights of the Castle District in Budapest.
Goulash is a dish traditional to Hungary, the Czech Republic, and much of central Europe, thanks largely to its shared history. Hungarian goulash is on almost every menu in Budapest, served up in traditional metal bogrács (pans) and is also a popular family staple.
Budapest is most famous for the 118 thermal springs feeding its architecturally diverse spas. The same geology that created the hot springs has also seen the hills of Buda riddled with tunnels and caves, where water has eroded through the limestone base rock. These underground attractions in Budapest are among the city’s most popular.