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  • Nicole Connolly | August 25, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Melding the Modern and Medieval in Budapest

    Melding the Modern and Medieval in Budapest

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    Few places in the world are as unique as Budapest, Hungary. Culture and history that date back thousands of years, world-class architecture and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world are all contained in one location. No wonder it is a traveler's paradise. The next time you find yourself in Budapest, here are a few things you should definitely put on your itinerary.

    Thermal Bath Springs

    These are also known as public bathhouses and can be found at several locations in Budapest. Take your pick and pull up a spot poolside to let the thermal, salty mineral water soothe your skin and calm your soul.

    Castle Hill

    Take a trip back to medieval times and walk old cobbled streets among castle walls. One thing you will notice right off is the lack of automobiles. There is a reason for this. Unless you live in Castle Hill or work somewhere near the area, cars are forbidden. This means the only sounds you typically hear are footsteps and birds. The lack of noise is a welcome respite, and there is still plenty to do. Several cafes and retail shops are nearby so you can grab a quick meal and a few souvenirs.

    Hungarian National Gallery

    While you’re in Castle Hill, be sure to check out the National Gallery. This houses some of the most spectacular art, dating back to the Middle Ages. The institution is a rich treasure of culture and history for Budapest. The Museum of Fine Arts is also close by and features several national and international exhibits. Taking in these two in a day will give you plenty of culture.

    Fisherman's Bastion

    This structure offers some of the most spectacular views of the area, particularly the Danube River. Fishermen constructed it during the Middle Ages to protect Budapest from invaders. It looks as if it was taken straight out of a storybook and plopped on the hillside. The terraced, gleaming structure is spectacular and worth a visit. Be sure to take your camera as you are going to want to snap a few photos of those amazing views.

    Hungarian Parliament Building

    One of the more famous landmarks in the city, the Parliament Building was finished in 1904 and has some of the best architecture and detail you have ever seen on a public structure. Built in a traditional gothic revival style that was popular during its day, the building serves more as a symbol of Hungary's independence and resolve to be a democratic country more than anything else. By the way, the National Assembly still meets at this location so do not be surprised if you spot a politician or two while you're there.

    Kehli Restaurant

    The only reason this one makes our list is simple — It's not every day that you get to eat lunch at a restaurant that is more than 100 years old. Furthermore, since they serve great Hungarian food, this eatery is well worth a stop.

    Get Social Local

    If you are interested in finding some locals, then head over to one of the ruin pubs. Don’t let the name throw you, it’s just the term for a former industrial space that’s been spruced up and repurposed into a bar. Here, locals gather daily, especially in the evening to drink and unwind. You are sure to find many stories told there, as well as tell a few of your own.

    River Cruise

    Finally, take a beautiful cruise down the Danube River. There are several different packages and ferries that offer this service. It is a beautiful way to see Budapest and relax after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.

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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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