What to do and eat in Budapest
Published: 10/04/2016

Budapest, Hungary, is one of the largest capitals we visited so far. We walked for a whole day around the city and we could not see everything, but we got an idea of how interesting it is.

The highlight is the building of the Parliament, the second largest in Europe - the largest is in England. As it was Sunday, it was closed, but you can schedule guided tours and visit inside. It has more than 200 meters long and exactly 96 meters high.

The number 96 is well known, since it is an important number for the country's history. Hungary was founded in 896 and several things make reference to the number.

Another building with exact 96 meters tall is the St. Stephen's Basilica. We did not enter it , but it is a building that call your attention and is worth walk around at least to enjoy the facade.

There is a municipal law that does not allow the construction of any building to be higher than 96 meters, so the Parliament and the basilica will always be the two largest buildings in Budapest.

The city is divided into Buda, higher area and old, and Pest, flat and a little more modern. At the top, there is what they call the castle mountain, but it does not have a castle anymore and the Royal Palace which was built when Hungary was part of the Austrian Empire and it was never used by the royal family. Today it houses the National Museum and History Museum in Budapest.

In Buda there is also another important church: Matthias. Again we did not get inside because we have a limited budget and we do not like to pay to enter inside churches. However, on the outside you can see the roof full of porcelain tiles. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it is a decoration invented in Hungary and several countries use in churches and other buildings.

In Pest, the Vorosmarty square is a cool spot to meet. Usually they have a craft fair with typical food and crafts. Very close is the Jewish district - we will yet know - and several museums, including the House of Terror. It is installed in a similar building with the same proposal of Estação Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo. There anyone contrary the communist regime were arrested and executed after World War II. The museum is very pyrotechnical, with videos and sets of lights, which make it difficult to focus on the story itself. Admission is 6.5 Euros and we didn’t reach a conclusion if it is worth to pay a visit.

Two mandatory things to try in Budapest - or in other city in Hungary -: goulash and Kurtoskalacs. You can order it as a main course with dumpling, bread or rice, or as soup, which is served as starter. Both are very tasty and you can find at any restaurant.

The Kurtoskalacs is a baked dough in a cylindrical shape, which resembles a vase and you can choose a lot of flavours such as cinnamon, coconut, chocolate, among others. It is one of the tastiest things we eat so far and it makes you want to try all the options. It is also easy to find it in the city, whether in cafes or in food trucks . The price is 3 Euro and it is worth every penny.


Sueli, Teresinha lLma Alves dos Santos • 10/04/2016 às 18:22
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