Pay your respects at Shoes on the Danube Bank
On the banks of the Danube, on the Pest side of the river, are 60 pairs of shoes of all ages and genders, made of iron and fastened to the ground. These symbolise the victims of the Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II. The far right party shot over 3,500 people, after having them remove their clothes and shoes on the bank. Some lay flowers around the shoes, some light candles. Just to stand in the vicinity of the monument is a moving experience.
Wander St. Stephen’s Basilica
Named after the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen’s Basilica is an architectural wonder. At 96 metres tall, it is the exact height of the Hungarian Parliament Building, a nod to the balance between the church and the state. Designed in neoclassical style, the church contains the mummified right hand of patron Saint Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. Preserved in a reliquary and adorned with precious jewels, the hand is a curious and highly venerated attraction.
Soak in a thermal bath
No trip to Budapest is complete without a soak in its hot springs. With the city sitting on over a hundred natural thermal springs, a thermal spa bath is a quintessential item on the Budapest
things to do list. We recommend the 100-year old Gellert Baths and Spa Budapest. With a mix of outdoor and indoor pools, this is one of the grandest spas in the city. Lie back and admire the 20th century art nouveau architecture, with ornate pillars and high ceilings, as the mineral rich waters slowly melt away your weariness.
Feast at Central Market Hall
Built in 1897, this historical market is the largest market in the city. The beautiful market sells fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, sea food, Hungarian spices, pickles, Tokaji wines and a whole range of odds and ends that will keep you exploring for hours. The upper floor boasts a fantastic range of eateries where you can indulge in authentic local specialities like lángos and goulash, as well pick up Hungarian handicrafts to take home.