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Home to not one but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Budapest is the only capital in the world boasting nearly 100 thermal wells and 12 spas. Here, tourists flock to admire Roman ruins and Turkish baths (still in use today), as well as Buda Castle, the neo-gothic Parliament building, Heroes' Square, St. Stephen's Basilica (whose dome can be seen from all points in the city), the Matthias Coronation Church, and Fishermen's Bastion. Spanning both banks of the Danube, Budapest is connected by eight splendid bridges, some of which are landmarks in and of themselves, such as the Chain Bridge (the oldest and most beautiful), the A-shaped Megyeri Bridge, and the strikingly elegant, white Elisabeth Bridge.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Budapest. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Budapest and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Budapest insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hello, my name is Edina and I look forward with pleasure to welcoming you to Budapest, my home town, and helping you get acquainted with the city. After studying languages, I continued my career in tourism and personally love traveling too. Budapest is a vibrant city today. It is great to meet Monograms guests and help them make the most of their time, with such a wide choice of splendid places to see and enjoy.
Ask your Local Host for suggestions of walking routes around the city to see the historic center and the Belle Epoque buildings, many already restored to their former splendor.
The Museum of Fine Arts is located in Heroes' Square. It was built in an eclectic-neoclassical style, between 1900 and 1906. The museum's collection is made up of international art (other than Hungarian), including all periods of European art, and comprises more than 100,000 pieces. Visit the House of Terror museum for a trip into Hungary’s dark past. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th-century and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.
Visit the World’s second largest synagogue and the adjacent museum with its moving memorial to the Hungarian Holocaust. Guided visits are available, check with your Local Host.
See this historical exhibition, at the edge of the city, displaying statues of the communist era: Lenin, Marx, Engels, Dimitrov, soldiers of the Red Army and other communist memorabilia.
Plant enthusiasts will love the Budapest Botanical Gardens which nurtures over 7’000 plants and has fine displays in the magnificent Palm House. The adjacent zoo will keep children happy for hours.
A scientific playground for kids and adults! A unique science center, in Campona Shopping and Entertainment Mall, with more than 100 hands-on exhibits, mind-blowing science shows, plus a café, and gift shop.
For railway enthusiasts of all ages, visit the Hungarian Railway Museum to marvel at locomotives in all shapes and sizes; see and experience a railway turntable in action, the machine twisting and turning to finally place locomotives on the right tracks. Take the Children’s Railway for a fun way to explore the Buda Hills. It is managed by young staff under the supervision of adult railway workers. Ask your Local Host for details.
Stroll along the Danube Promenade (Dunakorzó) which extends between the Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge in Pest along the banks of the Danube. This location has always been popular for promenading, especially in the 19th century.
Ask your Local Host about the best places to enjoy the thermal baths, some originally built by the Turks, for some relaxing and rejuvenating moments; or to see the natural spectacle of steam rising in the park.
Budapest is proud of possessing one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The opening performance was held in 1884 after nine years of construction. Ask your Local Host about daily guided tours of this venue.
Located within City Park, the Municipal Circus (Fovárosi Nagycirkusz) traces its origins back to 1783. This is a traditional circus, with clowns, animals, jugglers, acrobats - - great for all ages.
See Gerbeaud’s rich selection of cakes; founded by Henrik Kugler in 1858, its next owner, Emile Gerbeaud from Switzerland, made it world famous with his inventions, the macskanyelv (‘cat’s tongue’) and cherry cognac. Café Central has the privileged atmosphere of the traditional, great cafés, with modern gastronomy and confectionery.
Dig in to a bowl of hearty goulash, Jókai bean soup, or Fisherman's soup. Pörkölts and paprikás are the most popular meat dishes; Pörkölt is a ragout made from pork, beef or mutton or chicken with onions and Hungarian paprika powder as the main spice. Paprikás is similar but sour cream is mixed in the red paprika and onion sauce to add a nice creamy texture to the meal. Try the legendary red wine Egri Bikavér (Bulls Blood) and the white dessert wine Tokaji. The symbol of Hungary's cuisine, paprika is added to countless dishes in Hungary from soups to sauces and stews. In some parts of the country it's used as a filling in a sweet pastry.
Be sure to sample the famous 5-layer cake invented by Joseph Dobos. Legend has it that his assistant added salt to the butter cream instead of sugar, accidentally creating a masterpiece. Dobos presented the cake for the first time in 1885 at the General National Exhibition and Empress Elisabeth and Franz Joseph I were the first to taste it.
Váci utca (Váci street) is one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street of central Budapest, with exclusive boutiques, restaurants, cafés, and inspiring architecture. The street starts from Vörösmarty Square and ends opposite the Central Market Hall at the Pest end of Liberty Bridge. Souvenirs such as paprika and Tokaji are popular, as well as folk art, porcelain, embroidered felt and linen.
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