Budapest is one of the largest cities in Europe, and it is considered to be one of the fashion towns of Eastern Europe, with more Michelin-star restaurants than any other city in the area. The Hungarian capital dates back to a rich and long history, beginning with the early Celtic settlement, reaching the Austro-Hungarian Empire period.
Those who love travel and tourism will find plenty of great attractions in Budapest. For example, the eastern side of the Danube contains dozens of restaurants and boutiques in the neighborhoods of the inner city, most notably the Jewish Quarter and the Palace District. The luxurious Buda castle and thermal baths are all dating back to the Turkish era, depicting the city’s cultural richness.
For many years, the art scene in Hungary has been relatively unknown, although many of the new exhibitions highlight the most important historical periods of the city. Budapest has a lot of buildings dating back to the beginning of the previous millennium, featuring architectural details which strikingly contrast the contemporary works of art. Most exhibitions focus on emerging artists and modernist works in the post-World War II era.
The southern part of the inner city was reopened in late 2016 with new jogging paths, basketball courts, exercise equipment, playgrounds and a new ski park hidden under the Petofi bridge, offering picturesque scenes of the Danube River. The city’s Jewish Quarter offers historic sites, modern shops, stunning nightlife and a range of excellent ethnic restaurants. The stunning Rumbach Synagogue of the Maghreb style dating back to 1872 is currently being reconstructed. The street where the building is located contains shops where visitors can buy handmade souvenirs, which always make for great memories and gifts!
The most beautiful thermal pools in the city are called Rudas Baths, originally built under Ottoman occupation in the middle of the 16th century. Although it has still kept much of the original Turkish architecture, the reconstruction in 2014 added modern spa facilities, a Turkish-Hungarian restaurant and a panoramic swimming pool on the rooftop terrace.
The original Costes restaurant won the first Michelin star in Hungary about eight years ago. However, many local people prefer the restaurant’s newest location, named Costes Downtown.