Budapest Top10: off the beaten path
Posted by Budnews · Feb 24, 2017

In the latest part of our series we show 10 interesting, lesser known places, which are not included in travel guides.

Cave Church is an actually church in the hill-side of Gellért Hill. It’s usually overlooked by visitors, but this strange church is definitely worth visiting. The Cave Church is in use, also used for marriages and it belongs to the Hungarian Pauline order.

Visit WAMP, Budapest's monthly design market to meet Hungarian contemporary designers. If you want something unique and special gift to take with you, clearly you have to come here. Thousand kinds of unique jewelry, clothes, pictures and postcards are waiting.

If you want to experience the bath culture, try Veli Bej Bath instead of Gellért or Széchenyi Bath. The recently restored Turkish bath is the least known amongst the thermal baths of the City of Spas. But we think it’s one of the best: small, cozy, crisp new with a historical core from the 16th century.

Go for a treasure hunt on the Ecseri Flea Market. “Ecseri” Flea Market is well-known among locals, it’s „THE” flea market of the city. It has much to offer: paintings, furniture, porcelain figure, militaria, old photographs, cameras, vinyls, second-hand books, baubles, linens, and clothes, a lot of jewelry and plenty of things from the last century… It takes a day to explore, but if you like these places, Ecseri is your heaven!

Mingle with the locals at one of Budapest's Ruin Pubs. By doing so, try For Sale Pub, where everybody can leave their personal advertisements, message, sigh, picture anywhere they would like. On the wall, ceiling, floor, chairs… And to add to the oft-noted fire risks in the bar, the floors are covered in straw and patrons are encouraged to shell the free peanuts they are given straight to the floor.

Visit the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau. It was built in 1903, and the contemporary furniture, decorative objects, paintings and instruments are displayed on more than 600 square meters. This museum faithfully evokes the beginning of the twentieth century, the "peace-times", and the atmosphere of bourgeois life of Budapest.

Explore Óbuda, the oldest and lesser known part of Budapest. The area of Fő Square is an enchanting place: the old 18th – 19th century buildings are hidden by the soaring 10 floor blocks of flats built. Visit Kiscelli Castle and Museum, Római shore of Danube or go hiking. There is a festival in spring, Christmas market, and the roman ruins of Aquincum belong to this district as well.

Discover the architecture, streets and courtyards of District 8. While one half of this district is really run-down and we wouldn’t recommend visiting for anybody, the other half is beautiful! This neighborhood is called Palace quarter, and it’s filled with historic buildings and stunning aristocratic palaces.

Visit Falk Miksa Street, the Art&Antique Street of Budapest. Art & Antique Street cooperation made Falk Miksa Street a true art trade hub: 25 antique dealers and galleries take part in the joint project. Here at Falk Miksa Street even a walk is a great experience: paintings, porcelain trinkets, elegant phono stages, artistic lamps, stylish glass sets, and even swords and guns are popping up in the windows of shops.

Take a stroll along Városligeti Fasor. This beautiul street is parallel to Andrássy Avenue, it’s but far fewer. It’s less busy, but is flanked byperhaps even more beautiful villas than its sister. Városligeti Fasor connects the city center with City Park, and it’s the best place for a romantic walk.

(visitbudapest.travel, thingstodobudapest.com)

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