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Zoo-enthusiasts should totally visit Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is the oldest zoo park in Hungary and in the world! Established in 1820 and went public in 1866, the zoo is a home for about 773 animals species both native Hungarian animals while several others are exotic animals brought from overseas such as Komodo dragons and wombats. After went through number of turmoils, Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden thrives and offer 6 distinctive exhibits to explore.
Budapest is not a stranger for a relaxing thermal bath. The city hosts several buildings functioned as public thermal baths, one of the most prominent one is Széchenyi Thermal Bath. There are two open-air bathing area that visitors can hop into. While enjoying the warm temperature of the thermal bath, visitors will also be entertained with splendour architectures of the building which is a lovely combination of neo-Baroque and neo-Rennaisance.
Hungarian National Museum is a place where the most important and historical relics across the time are stored and well-taken care of. Being an exquisite example of Neoclassical building itself,more than 20,000 collection of prints, maps, manuscripts, coins and other historical and cultural artifacts are put on display. Few of the highlights in the museum are crimson silk wore by King Stephen and artsy Roman mosaic dated in 2nd Century.
Visiting Budapest won't be complete until you visit Buda Castle, the residence of Hungarian Kings in the past. The palace building is a great mix of three renowned architectural styles: Baroque, Baroque Revival, medieval, with a twist of modernist style. Crowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Buda Castle also boasts National Gallery and Budapest History Museum. Lively cultural festivals held in the castle complex is also something you shouldn't miss.
From afar, Fisherman's Bastion looks like a fairytale castle, and when you take a closer look it looks much more dreamier. The bastion remind us all of a castle that straight coming out of a Disney story thanks to its mix of Neo-Gothic and Neo-Romanesque style. This 19th century lookout tower is now serve as one of the best sight-seeing spot where you can see the most breathtaking view of the city.
Great Market Hall or locally known as Nagyscsarnok is the biggest and also the most beautiful of all historical Budapest market halls. Consists of 3-storey spacious halls, Great Market Hall is a perfect place to hunt fresh ingredients for your kitchen. You won't only find daily goods, but also local delicacies such as Tokaj wines, Hungarian traditional snacks, and mouth-watering dishes serve on an upper floor where foodcourt and eateries are located.
Budapest, the capital city of Hungary, is absolutely an intriguing place to explore. Whereever you go, you'll find bewitching architectural masterpieces sometimes already existing far before the city comes into being. It's no wonder that several buildings in Budapest are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. When you're visiting Budapest it is important to visit each of these cultural and historical gems as many as you can, just so you have tons of memory and story to tell. Even if you can't visit them all, you should at least discover the beauty of 6 Budapest attractions below.
How to Get Tickets?
To access Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, Hungarian National Museum, and Buda Temple, admission fees are applied, while ticket purchasing is not needed to enter Great Market Hall and Fisherman's Bastion (ONLY if you're not planning to climb up to the tower). You can purchase it on the spot, although online ticket booking is always favorable
How To Get Around?
The most convenient way to get around Budapest is by taking Subway train. Walking is also a great option to reach several attractions located in the same complex. Other means of transportation are by yellow streetcars, trolly buses, buses, Suburban railway, Cogwheel Railway, and Riverboats.Always validate your Metro ticket when you're traveling by Metro trains. Upon riding on a train, there will be ticket inspection done by the officer. If you're caught travelling with an invalidated ticket, you'll be charged for fines right on the spot. To save you from the hassle (and embarassment), simply stick your ticket into one of the orange machines for few seconds. A validation mark will be printed followed with a beep. You're ready to go! The validation machine is located right at every Metro station's entrance.
What Should I Wear?
Budapest offer freedom for fashion so you can go with whatever you want. A tank top with a jeans paired with a jacket is perfect for travelling, while a nice flirty dress with a pair of stilettos is great for a bar party when the night comes. Just don't forget to pack bathing suit (because you will want to try the thermal bath, and don't forget a comfortable walking shoes for exploring!
Best Time to Visit
From March to May are considered the best time to visit Budapest. Not only the weather is relatively warm and ideal for sightseeing, the city is also less crowded by tourists. SeYou can also consider to go in September through November.
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Will I Need a Guide?
Most informations you need to know about the attractions can be found on this website. Although it never hurts to hire a guide, especially if you're going to historical museums
How To Get There?
There are means of public transportation for getting to Budapest. You can reach Budapest by plane, train, car, bus, and boat. All you need to do is just adjust it accordingly with your budget and time slot.
When you're going on a party with your Budapest or Hungarian friends, never clink glasses together. Hungarians just don't do it in general since they often linked it with Austrian generals who were said to clinking their beer glasses together to celebrate the execution of Arad Martyrs in 1849