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Why fly to Budapest?
If you could fly to Budapest for just one thing it should be to to see the Chain B|ridge over the Danube lit up late at night as you look over from Pest (west side) to the Buda (east side). And if you can do it during December during a sprinkling of snow it could be even more sublime.
But surely you are lucky enough to fly into the city for more than one thing, so the other thing should be the baths. The city has numerous hot springs and pools to get you relaxed for your vacation. Visit the Gellert baths to get some bang for your buck as there are numerous pools or if you are a woman and want to make a statement, head to the Rudas
Medicinal Baths which until only recently were for men only.
One of the most fascinating things to see in Hungary is the cave systems. There is a huge network of caves underneath the city that can be explored and not just narrow walkways but rather a bit of a city to tour.
Hungarian cuisine is delicious and your tastebuds deserve a try. Try Hungarian goulash or Hungarian prepared rabbit as well as Hungarian sausage, which can give the Germans a run for their money. Visit Budapest's Central Market for tasty Hungarian dishes that won't take a slice out of your pocketbook.
Oh Budapest. You are truly a city meant to be loved.
Budapest is hot with a little bit of cold sprinkled in for a short few months.The summer months are toasty with temperatures in the high 20s. The winter is quite the opposite with numbers in the minuses. The city experiences light snowfall from December through to February and it is quite pretty to see.
When to fly to Budapest
The summer is especially busy in Budapest due to its lovely weather, which means booking a flight in July and August can involve shelling out some big bucks. The latter half of December is also busy and tourists fly in to see the city sprinkled with snow during the holiday season (if you an swing it and don't mind the cold, it is truly a lovely sight)
Flight deals are abound for the months of January through March as the beginning of the year is chilly and some of the holiday festivities are over. This is a good time to book a flight to the city since you will enjoy the charms without having to empty your bank account and plus many of the sites you will want to see are indoors and you can always warm up with a glass of Hungarian wine.
Getting into Budapest
Your gateway to Budapest opens up at Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport. There are several options for ground transportation once you get into the airport. You can take a bus like the locals do or grab the airport minibus, which will stop on various locations along the way and give you a preview of the city. Taxis are also available outside of the airport terminal.
Getting around Budapest
If it is the summer you can walk just about everywhere however if you need some wheels then hop on of the city buses or grab the rail service, either of the two should get you where you need to go. Taxis are also an option, but of course the pricier choice.
- Visit the Turkish baths. Sure don't call them the Turkish baths since you are in Budapest, but essentially that is what they, a reminder of the glory days of the Ottaman Empire whe it had great influence in the region. One of the great ones is the Szechenyi Baths, although this one differs from the Turkish version since you will be doing some soaking outside. But it is a great experience and the waters are said to have healing properties.
- Hungarian wine is lovely and robust. Visit the Faust Wine Cellar which is located under Buda Castle and learn about the art and history of Hungarian wine and the wine regions in the country from the cellar proprietor.
- Take a cave tour. There are many windy passages under Budapest that deserve your attention with the Pal volgyi Matyas hegyi cave passageways being the longest in the city. Take a cave tour of the city under the city for a real adventure. Your adventurers spirit will be stoked as you don miner-like gear and shimmy your way along the stone walls while learning all about the history and purpose of the caves in the city. If you've a cave enthusiast and have visited the ones in Cappadochia, Turkey you should have no problem with the small, tight places.
- Check out Count Dracula's prison located under Buda Castle. Vlad the Impaler, his human moniker lived in Hungary's Transylvania province and was held in a cave cell in the city's underground network. It is slightly erie when you get down there but certainly a story to tell when you get back home.
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