Not only is Budapest separated by the Danube River into Buda and Pest. Yes, in a more or less clockwise trajectory from Buda Castle there are 23 county cities (Hungarian Kerület) which spire off. We have compiled a list of the best districts to check out your next visit to the Hungarian capital to help you get your bearings and make it easier to narrow them down where you want to go.
The Castle District
Buda Castle’s Royal Palace is the first landmark of the region. The building is located on Castle Hill, the name of the area. Any first time in the afternoon should visit Budapest, with its rolling cobbles and pasture baroque houses, to explore this historic city center. The Palace, home to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum, can be easily spent a day alone. But be sure to head north to the Bastion of the Fishman, a neo-gothic lookout from the 19th century, with picturesque views of the town and the colorful Matthias Church.
The Inner City
The city center is another popular area on the Pest side, and the main attractions include the Hungarian Parliament House building and St. Stephen’s Basilica. The famed Chain Bridge links the city center with the Castle, and you can take fantastic pictures on either side of the river. You will stay busy for days because you enjoy shopping and fine dining. On Deák Ferenc Street or on Váci Street, you will find fashion boutique shops. The Michelin-starred Onyx and Borkonyha, or trendy cafes like Gerbeaud or Central Kávavéhás, are perfect for food enthusiasts to seek out the district’s culinary pleasures.
The Jewish District
Through its large number of pubs, nightlife spots and party hostels, the Jewish district also got the nickname “Bulinegyed.” There are many flocks to the Jewish District for its ruin bars, bars in collapsing blocks of apartments covered by graffiti, upcycling furnishings and local art. Szimpla Kert was the most popular. The magnificent Dohany Street Synagogue –the world’s second biggest -and Kazinczy Street and Rumbach Sebestyén Street Synagogues are also components of the neighborhood’s Jewish heritage.
Andrássy Avenue and City Park
The elegant boulevard from the Inner City to Square of Heroes to City Park is Andrássy Avenue. The furniture stores, theaters and the circle of the Hungarian State Opera around the boulevard are all the way to Oktogon and the tree-lined road reaches over to large apartment buildings. The oldest subway in continental Europe runs under Andrássy Avenue and is a UNESCO heritage site. The site of Heroes ‘ Sky is the Fine Arts Museum and art gallery, while City Park is host to green spaces, aquarium, Széchenyi Baths and Vajdahunyad Castle. Citypark draws tourists.
The Palace District
The Palace District is the most undercutting district in the area, one street along the Jewish Quarter west of Grand Boulevard. It derives its name from the proliferation of palatial and tower buildings established in the 19th century as the area was developed by the Hungarian aristocracy. The major attraction is the Hungarian National Neoclassical Museum, a large archeological museum that spans Hungary and its surroundings. In the 1848 Revolution against the Habsburgs, though, the museum still played a crucial role as people gathered on its stairs. Cafes, craft studios, exhibitions, cultural centers and architecture shops nowadays make up the Palace area.
South Pest and the Millennium Quarter
Many visit Central Market Hall in the IX neighborhood, but more is accessible in this former industrial city. Tram number 2 south along the river Danube to the Zwack Unicum Museum and Visitor Center, where you visit Bálna–a large glass complex lined with bars, stores and antiques–and. You can finally reach the Millennium Quarter which houses the Palace of the Arts, Ludwig Museum and the National Theater. Head back to Grand Boulevard in the old electric transformer in Trafó, an alternate culture center, and Élesztő in an ex glassworks shop, a ruin bar for Hungarian art beers.
Bartók Béla Boulevard
Most people live on the banks of Pest if they don’t go to the district of Castle. Nevertheless, they will skip Bartók Béla Boulevard, as it is one of the coolest, developing quarters of the capital. Some tourists will visit the thermal baths of Art nouveau Gellért and walk to the top of Mount Gellért. Maninesses like Hadiq, Szatyor, Kelet and Béla come to this part of the city, to name a few. You’re here if you want an interesting part of the city to explore without too many tourists.