Brainstorming Budapest

Before travelling, it is always recommended to do your research so that you are prepared for your destination. Whether that is confirming which country you are going to, the currency they use or the language. For this trip, this is unfortunately things that have required investigation before we travel today!

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable

Budapest is voted as one of the world’s most beautiful cities worldwide. From a quick google search, it is easy to see why. The architecture, spanning neoclassical to art nouveau, Castles and Parliament buildings, with the naturally hilly Buda and the flat Pest districts, dissected by the River Danube.

Budapest has a number of hot springs, with indoor and outdoor baths to cure all sorts of ailments. With a network of 125 springs, there is ample to choose from. Although none of the baths date to Roman times, there is some Turkish influence Veli Bej Baths. It is recommended to bring a costume, towel and flip flops as a minimum!

Jewish Quarter is a close network of streets and alleys that have housed Jews since 300AD. Tragically 19% of all Jews killed during the Holocaust were Hungarian. This vibrant district shines with the life and passion of the second biggest population of Jews in Eastern Europe, with reminders of the dark days of World War II. The regeneration in the area has resulted in the ruin pubs attracting European hipsters, with pop up street food and street art. This contradiction is what locals love and shows how far Budapest has come in the last 100 years.

Goulash and Paprika are the two traditional Hungarian foods that I have heard of. My next-door neighbours are Hungarian, and they are always cooking out in the garden during the summer months, in (what looks like) a cauldron. The smell is amazing, so I know there is more to Hungarian cuisine!

Forints is the main currency of Hungary, were £1 equals 350Ft. I heard that the Budapest is quite a reasonably priced capital city (compared to make London or Paris for example). A lot of places will also accept Euro.

The metro system in Budapest is one of the oldest electric underground railway systems in the world. Originally constructed in 1894 as a system to connect the main city to the city park. The only older metro systems are part of the London Underground and Liverpool Overhead railway (the latter no longer exists).

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