The best way to wind-down after a long, tiresome week is to go out and enjoy what nature has to offer, but if you only have one or two hours at your disposition, fear not: welovebudapest.com has collected the best places in the city where you can enjoy the great sights of the capital and you can have a refreshing meal as well.
The Duna-korzó takes you from the Elizabeth Bridge to the Chain Bridge, offering you a beautiful view and a wide range of restaurants. If you start at Március 15. Square, make sure to put on your list the Belvárosi Nagyboldogasszony Főplébánia, which, if there are no sermons, can be visited between 9:00 and 16:30 on weekdays. The church was built in the 14th century and it was used as a Mosque during the Turkish invasion. Later it was renovated in baroque style; this is quite evident in the appearance of its two towers.
Talking about the square: the old town walls are still here, even if most people do not take notice of them. If you want to have a light lunch, KIOSK is recommended, or Kuglóf and Monk’s Bistro. If you know a little bit about Hungarian literature, then you might have heard about Sándor Petőfi, whose statue is located on Március 15. Square (Petőfi was one of the most prominent poets and fighters of freedom of the Hungarian Revolution in 1848). This stretch is always beautiful and what’s more: the sunset is different every day.
Departing from Marriott, we arrive at Vigadó Square, where you can find a small, but symmetric park, with the city’s first public statue. Contrary to its name (it would translate as suslik-chasers well) it actually illustrates frogs and not the rodents. Shakespeare has his own place next to the hotel as well. The Pesti Vigadó welcomed composers like Wagner, Liszt, Bartók or Debussy during its prime. It was designed by Frigyes Feszl and you can visit it every day between 10:00 and 19:00. Continuing our stroll on the esplanade, we will find the Little Princess Statue (László Márton, 1972), a beloved spot for tourists for a photo. One cannot help but notice the number of hotels on the Danube’s bank, but in fact, Budapest’s hotel prime was during the 1910’s and 1920’s. The Carlton Hotel, the Bristol, the Grand Hotel Hungária, the Ritz-Dunapalota were all very modern, considered to be ahead of their times. Making our way further to the Chain Bridge, we will find the Gresham Palace. Welovebudapest.com concludes the walk at Pontoon, a pub opened in 2016, which offers a lot of programs, good music and refreshing drinks.
Herminamező (loosely translated as Hermina field), located in the 14th district, has the best place for a spring walk, a triangle with three beautiful roads as its sides: the Ajtósi Dürer sor, the Thököly road and the Stefánia. This part of the city was named after a princess: Hermina Amália, daughter of Palatine Joseph, in whose time it was really a field. It gradually became the upper middle class’s favourite spot for holiday homes. No wonder that this district is full of villas, elegant properties with fancy, elegant gates. Zugló is the home of the most significant buildings designed by Béla Lajta, such as the Chevra Khadisa rest home or the Institution for the Blind. If you are wondering about restaurants, visit Kert Bisztró on Thököly road, or Kertem, Nyereg, Pántlika in Városliget.
The Citadella is one of the many sights for which Budapest is most famous for, but not many know its dubious and infamous history. The Citadel is located in the 1st district, more precisely in the historical Tabán. What Tabán is notorious for is its dark alleys filled with hostels, brothels and taverns, but the second world war has put an end to its reputation. Still, you can visit Asztalka in Döbrentei street if you are there.
If you want a challenge, take the Szent Gellért Stairs up to the Hill, it’s more exciting. On your way to the top, you can take a rest at the foot of the Szent Gellért statue and you can take some photos of the city as well, the view is most flattering from here. Following the stairs further, you will get to your destination goal: the Citadel, where Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl’s Liberty Statue stands, depicting a woman’s figure. It is turning 70 this year. Make sure to get some rest here and while you are regaining your strength, you can admire our beautiful city during day or night.