Things to Know Before You Decide to Visit Budapest
Budapest is one of the most underrated places in the world. It’s a fascinating city with a lot to offer. Therefore, if you’re thinking about where to go next, you might want to consider Budapest as your target. Before getting there, these are some things you need to know.
You need swimsuits
When you start packing your bag, you can’t forget your swimsuit. Make sure that you bring one if you want to enjoy hot springs and baths. Budapest is known as the City of Baths and there are over 100 mineral pools in the city. If you don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy these places, you need a swimsuit.
Don’t clink beer glasses
When you want to toast, never clink your beer glasses. It’s a taboo in Hungary. Historically, clinking was done by Austrians to celebrate their victory during the revolution in 1848. Since then, Hungary vowed to never do it again. It has been almost two centuries since it happened, but no one is keen on giving up that tradition just yet.
Budapest used to be two different cities
There was a time when Buda and Pest used to be two different cities. Buda was the traditional area which is home to royalty. Pest is the commercial area which is bustling with hotels and bars. They merged in 1873 which makes for a perfect blend of a European fairy tale city.
Pay with the local currency
Although Hungary is an EU member, it doesn’t use Euro. Therefore, you couldn’t pay in Euro. Even if you do, you will still receive your change in Forints, the country’s currency. You can also bring your credit and debit cards, but they might get declined. Check with your banks first before using these cards in Budapest.
Look for ruin bars
When you’re in Budapest, you will find lots of pop-up bars or ruin bars. They can be found in old apartments, hotels, shops and rooftops. They are amazing party place. You will have the chance to mingle with the locals. These are cheap party places too. You can dance your heart out with some ruin bars. They might seem like old and dilapidated from the outside, but everything changes inside.
Don’t worry about transportation
Public transportation in Hungary is affordable. Compared with other major cities in Europe, you’re going to save a lot of money in Hungary, with each ticket averaging less than $2. Don’t forget to validate the tickets since they’re always inspected. If you don’t feel like taking public transportation, it’s fine. You can walk around the city.
There are lots of exciting places for you to visit by walking. There are also signs of history all over the city. Budapest was almost completely ruined during World War II. Therefore, it’s easy to spot places that have a historic significance.
Now that you know what to expect in Budapest on your trip, it’s time for you to plan and have fun on your visit.
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