9 Reasons You Need to Travel to Budapest

By Nicole Yi, POPSUGAR

We're going to call it now and say that Budapest will soon be on everyone's travel bucket list. The historical city is incredibly budget-friendly, and there are endless things to do there from sight-seeing to romantic river cruising. Every visitor will leave culturally enriched after taking in everything the Hungarian city has to offer. If you're not yet convinced, keep reading for nine more reasons to visit Budapest this year.


You can soak in medicinal waters.

[post_ads]Budapest is known as the "City of Baths" for a reason. It's the only remaining capital city in the world with healing thermal waters. Szechenyi Bath (over 100 years old) is the city's largest and most popular natural hot spring bath with 18 indoor and outdoor geothermal pools.


There are a number of unique museums.

The Chocolate Museum alone is worth the visit but Budapest also offers an interactive Pinball Museum and the House of Terror, a museum honoring the victims of the communist and Nazi regimes in Hungary who were tortured and killed in the same building.


The city boasts impressive architecture.

The Hungarian Parliament Building (pictured here) is just one example of the notable structures around Budapest. The State Opera House, Royal Palace (or Buda Castle), and Fisherman's Bastion are also worth adding to your itinerary.


You can cruise down the second longest river in Europe.

Budapest offers both day and night river cruises down the famous Danube. It's one of the best ways to sightsee and you can't visit Budapest without seeing the very body of water that divides the capital of Hungary. The Chain Bridge pictured connects hilly Buda from flat Pest.



There's a festival for everyone.

Oenophiles and enthusiasts should take note of the Budapest Wine Festival (one of the largest wine festivals in the country) that takes place every September. There's also the annual Pálinka and Sausage Festival every October, the Sziget Festival (one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe), and much more.


There are many famous religious sites.

The Dohány Street Synagogue, aka The Great Synagogue, is the second largest in the world. Aside from its breathtaking interior, it's also home to several buildings and courtyards within its grounds, including the Jewish Cemetery.
The famous Gothic-style Matthias Church is also one of the most well-known landmarks in Budapest.


Budapest is full of history.

As you might have already noticed, many of the city's most popular sites and attractions all trail back to its long history. The Castle Hill area in particular captures a part of Budapest's rich past with several historical landmarks worth seeing. The World Heritage Site features cobblestone streets, 18th-century Baroque houses, Matthias Church, and more.



You can stay at some of the world's most beautiful hotels.

Not only do the hotels from Budapest range from boutique and historical to modern and stunning, but you can also stay for reasonable rates. Even though the Four Seasons Gresham Palace (pictured) is about $460 per night — which still isn't too terrible for a five-star hotel — the average rate for hotels and hostels in Budapest is around $50.



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