An unusual sightseeing tour of Budapest
If you want to take an unusual sightseeing tour of Budapest you will be spoiled for choice in this vibrant city.
Some of the hidden gems in Budapest include:
The Latin Quarter
The Raday Utca is one of the most interesting places to visit in Budapest. Formerly the main street of the historical Ferencvaros District, Raday Utca buzzes with a mixture of cafes, bookstores and snack bars.
Although the city may be known by tourists for its trendy European nightclubs, the Latin Quarter is where the locals head out for unusual nightclubs and popular restaurants. The Berliner, located in a cavernous underground room, is one of Budapest’s hidden gems, serving up large platefuls of food – this restaurant is a “must visit” whilst in the city.
Shoes on the Danube
Visitors often ask the significance of the 60 pairs of metal shoes, set into concrete along the Danube. The shoes symbolise the killing of Hungarian Jews between 1944 and 1945 by the Arrow Cross militiamen. Visitors are often shocked to hear how the victims were lined up alongside the embankment of the Danube and simply shot, falling into the water. The memorial is simple, yet very moving and serves as an effective reminder of the harrowing past that Budapest once endured.
Nyugati Railway Station
Another unusual sightseeing tour of Budapest should include Nyugati Railway Station. Once seen, Nyugati Railway Station is rarely forgotten. Many visitors who arrive here feel they recognise the station although they have never set foot in Hungary before. Nyugati featured in Gwen Stefani’s ‘Early Winter’ video.
The large iron structure was built in 1877 by the Eiffel Company of Paris, which would later become famous, following the completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. This is also a great places to visit if you enjoy shopping, as in 1999 the largest commercial mall in Europe was built next to the train station. The mall boasts over 400 shops, which should be more than enough to keep you entertained for at least a morning on your Budapest trip.
No unusual sightseeing tour of Budapest is complete without a trip to Marxim Restaurant where history and great food is combined in a bizarre manner.
The restaurant is based in a large derelict factory and the entrance is marked by a Communist star. It is well known for the numerous law suits against it. Hungarian law bans all symbols of oppression but, to date, all have been unsuccessful and, as a result, the cellar space is a mixture of barbed wire and Communist propaganda. The Lenin Pizza or the KGB Pasta come highly recommended.
Unusual Sightseeing Tour of Budapest
Budapest is a stunning city which combines modern day attractions with historical and cultural sites to suit all ages. Whether you are looking for vibrant nightlife, romantic trips along the Danube or top class restaurants and lively pavement cafes, you will find it all in Budapest.