1. Relaxing in an authentic Turkish spais un unforgettable experience. After Iceland, Hungary has the world’s largest reserve of surface thermal water: hundreds of springs help thousands in recovering. Thermal baths as Széchenyi, Gellért and Rudas are the most frequented sights of Budapest. If you are exhausted after a whole day tasting let’s try the relaxing and refreshing effect of baths. Rudas Thermal Baths and Swimming Pool provides night bathing each Friday and Saturday.
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2. Budapest has 2 Michelin star restaurants: Costes and Onyx. Cafés are also legendary in Budapest, some of them were cult places of poets and politicians. The Hungarian word for a café is ‘kávéház’. Centrál Kávéház is one of the most popular, and New York kávéház also has a history.
3. Budapest has a unique phenomenon of ‘romkocsmas’, literally ‘ruin pubs’, which are trendy bars in shabby old buildings. These bars give an insight into communist era interior and at the same time they offer an up to date selection of drinks and good cuisine. Within 15 minutes walking distance of VinCE Budapest venue you can find several bars of this kind. “Ruin pubs (‘Romkocsmas’) are are a mix of hip bar and café, beer garden, music venue and cultural centre. Many Romkocsmas barely advertise their presence, hiding behind discreet signs and grubby doorway.” The Economist
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4. Panorama and the Danube
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has listed the view of the Danube embankments and the Buda Castle District. Walk across the Chain Bridge and you will understand why Budapest is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Danube’ or walk up to the Castle Hill for panoramic views of Budapest.
The best way to get a fast impression about the capital is taking a stroll on Andrássy Avenue to Heroes’ Square or on Váci Street which are also full of historic buildings, elegant cafés and luxury shops.
6. Contemporary Arts
There are more and more museums that collect and display masterworks of modern and contemporary art, for example the Ludwig Museum, the Kunsthalle and the Hungarian National Gallery. Other small art galleries and artist studios (as Kogart Gallery, Trafó Gallery and Mai Manó House of Photography) give the newest offer of Hungarian arts.
7. Musical Life
Budapest is a real goldmine for those people who are fascinated by classical music. You can enjoy beautiful pieces at the world famous Hungarian State Opera, The Palace of Arts and the Liszt Academy of Music that has already provided international programs as well.
8. Parks and Gardens
In spite of the fact that Budapest doesn’t abound with open spaces, it has beautiful parks and gardens. According to many people, the most beautiful park of Budapest is Margaret Island, but City Garden and Gellért Hill also contain amusement areas, sports grounds, foot and cycle paths. In the city centre, Károlyi Garden, Szabadság Square and Millenáris Park provide nice relaxation and refreshing pastime for you.
9. Europe’s Largest Synagogue
A short walk along the Inner Ring Road brings you to Dohány Street and Europe’s largest working synagogue. Concerts are regularly held in the Synagogue, and the adjacent building houses the world renowned National Jewish Museum. There are kosher shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
10. The Biggest Covered Market
Today the Market Hall houses the city’s biggest, best and richest selection of merchandise, including everything from fresh vegetables to meat and spices. It is a great place for buying Hungarian souvenirs and it gives place several international culinary exhibitions as well.