Budapest, Hungary

I spent four days in Budapest, Hungary and wish I had longer!  The city was beautiful and there was so much to do.  I would happily go back any day.  The US dollar goes a long way since Hungary still uses it’s own currency, although most places will gladly accept the Euro.  

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Quick Facts:

Language: Hungarian

Currency: Hungarian Forint (Euros are also accepted) https://www.google.com/finance/converter

Population: 1.732 million (2012)

Interesting Facts: 

-Budapest, Hungary has the oldest subway-line in mainland Europe.
-It is home to the third largest Parliament building in the world.
-It has more thermal springs than any other capital city around the world.  Due to this, thermal and medicinal baths are part of the culture, a tradition that dates back to Roman times.
-The Danube River runs through the city of Budapest.  One side is called “Buda” and the other “Pest.”  A 19th century chain bridge connects the hilly Buda side to the flat Pest.

Getting Around

Getting around Budapest is quite easy.  They have an array of buses, trolleybuses, trams, and an underground metro.  The metro is incredibly easy to navigate and it was our preferred method of transportation.  You can pay for each individual ride on the metro or buy a ticket for 24, 48, or 72 hours.  7 day passes are also available if your stay is longer.  This is by far the most economical way to travel in Budapest.

People/Culture

The people of Budapest are very private and quiet.  The one thing we immediately noticed was that no on talked on the subway,  you could hear a pin drop!  The history of the Hungarian people is filled with oppression so it only makes sense that they are a private culture.  Whatever you do, don’t be turned off by their quiet nature.  They are not being rude!  They are extremely kind and are very willing to help out a tourist.

Things To Do

There is so much to do in Budapest, Hungary that four days was not enough!  I based my Top 10 List on what we experienced in the short amount of time we were there.  Click a link below:
-10 Things to Do in Budapest:  http://www.apinonthemap.com/top-10-budapest/

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