One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the pearl of Europe is the alluring and intriguing Budapest, the capital of Hungary, a city that charms with its European charm and national character.
Budapest was formed by the merger of three historically established settlements – hilly green Buda, its suburb Obuda and lowland Pest, located on the opposite bank of the Danube, the final unification of which occurred on November 17, 1873 after the formation of a separate Hungarian royal government. In 1896, a large-scale celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the birth of the Hungarians by the Hungarians took place in Budapest. The history of numerous wars and invasions, repeated destruction and restructuring created Budapest of today with a mixture of styles, born in those periods when a proud and resilient nation lovingly restored its city. The collection of palaces, churches and monuments of Budapest has been declared by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage.
The visiting card of Budapest is the residence of the Parliament of Hungary – a building whose architecture is dominated by elements of neo-gothic style with the influence of Parisian Beaux-Arts. The construction of the Parliament building was planned immediately after the unification of Buda and Pest and was carried out until 1904. In the domed hall of the Parliament, decorated with 16 statues of kings and rulers of Hungary, from January 1, 2000, the crown of Saint Stephen is kept, along with a scepter, a power and a sword, guarded by a guard of honor.
The main sights of Budapest – St. Stephen’s Basilica, Andrásszs Boulevard, Freedom Square and Heroes’ Square, Great Synagogue, Central Market, Buda Castle, Gellért Mountain, City Park are places that every tourist considers obligatory to visit. Unforgettable will be walking on the Danube embankment, decorated with many architectural delights, in the afternoon and evening (in Budapest, amazingly beautiful lighting). All this magnificence is also worth admiring, going on a boat for a river trip along the Danube.
Austro-Hungarian coffee and pastry shops add a special spirit to Budapest, where the morning or afternoon coffee traditions still reign: many visitors can be caught while drinking a cup of aromatic coffee, absorbing marzipan sweets, retesters are varieties of strudel, cakes, desserts and reading newspapers. Budapest coffee shops attract those who appreciate the atmosphere of comfort and unhurriedness. The oldest famous coffee house “Gerbo” on the square of the poet Vörösmarty stays true to his style, carefully keeping the decor of the “beautiful era” Modern, which nostalgically reminds of those times when all the city bohemians gathered here. There is an alternative to similar institutions in the city: today in Budapest there is a so-called. A new wave of coffee houses – they are very compact, modern, without any pomp, but the quality of freshly brewed coffee always stays on top. It is worth noting that Budapest is still free from the intrusion of chain coffee houses.
Without a visit to the famous ruin pubs, the impression of the capital of Hungary will not be complete. Ruin pubs are bars located, at first glance, in completely unsuitable places for this purpose – they are not for nothing called ruins. In Budapest, there is the Jewish quarter Erzhebetvaros, whose buildings are not restored and attract the eyes of passers-by with their dilapidated appearance: the interiors look no less extravagant and resemble something artistic-decorated flea market with psychedelic patina and hardcore elements. In fact, the appearance of such colorful pubs has a rather simple explanation: while the city authorities were looking for funds to repair the buildings, the local youth had the idea to rent a few houses and, practically, without repairing anything, open bars in them. The fashion for these bars began about 10-15 years ago. Gradually, the number of such places in Budapest increased and continues to grow until now. In these ruined pubs often concerts or entertainment programs take place, in one of the bars a small market of local designers periodically operates. So that visitors could better navigate this sea of ruin pubs, a thematic guide site was created.
Recently, such urban entertainment as quests in reality have become increasingly popular. The quest in reality is an entertaining team game that takes place in a specially prepared room, decorated with decorations, equipped with various technical devices, as well as special effects, including sound, for complete immersion in the atmosphere of the game, the plots of which depend on the creators’ imagination. The most common quest genre is escape-room. The game lasts 60 -90 minutes – during this time you need to have time to complete the task. One of the very first escape rooms of Budapest – ParaPark: here players will have to get out of the dark cellars of the ruins of the pub Gondozó, looking for objects and solving puzzles. Despite the fact that this quest is completely safe, there is an age limit – only players over 14 years old can take part in it.