Senior Travel to Budapest

Jun 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

I have a friend from Hungary. Ella has shared with me so many of the attractions in both Buda and Pest that I thought that it might be worthwhile to share with senior readers why a visit there could be memorable.  Budapest, Hungrary holds a front-ranking position among the most attractive cities of the world.  It successfully combines a centuries-old architectural and cultural heritage with the latest features of modern life.

Budapest, “Queen of the Danube,” is steeped in history, culture and natural beauty.  Boasting two World Heritage Sites, Budapest is the only capital in the world where you can find nearly one hundred thermal springs and twelve spas, and where Roman ruins and Turkish baths are still in use. The heritage of the Gothic and Baroque styles and amazingly rich Art Nouveau architectural masterpieces attract many tourists.

Budapest has a wide range of important sightseeing options but many people go without a pre-prepared list of what they want to see – this is wise because around every corner in Budapest is something likely to appeal to almost everyone. Another point about sightseeing in Budapest is that many people don’t have a mental picture of the magnificent buildings such as the Budapest Parliament Buildings and the Royal Palace in Budapest – they are stunning.

The view of the Danube embankments, the Buda Castle District, Andrássy Avenue with Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway are now internationally protected areas of the Hungarian capital as World Heritage treasures.  Get your camera ready for the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes’ Square, renowned for its Old Master paintings and frescoes and Statue Park, resting place for the statues of fallen Communist leaders.  Don’t miss the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica, the landmark Chain Bridge or a ride up the funicular to medieval Castle Hill. TripAdvisor will keep you occupied in Budapest.

Belvaros, District V, the “inner city” of Budapest, is the where the majority of the action is to be found. Here many travelers enjoy the historic buildings and shopping. The main street for strolling and shopping is Vaci Utca, but little shops and hidden boutiques are to be found everywhere in this district.  A great source of visitor information, the official Budapest Tourism office, can be found at each of the airports, plus three offices in the city. You may just want to start off by taking a city tour.

When sightseeing gets tiring, you can revive in the steamy confines of Budapest’s thermal baths — from Art Nouveau Széchenyi to the Turkish delight of the Rudás and the grandiose Gellért. Upon your arrival to Budapest, purchase a Budapest Card as it provides great discounts not only on city sightseeing tours but also on entry to a variety of famous sights, museums, spas and thermal baths… have a great visit. (Van egy szép látogatást.) jeb

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