Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is known as “Paris of the East” due to its architecture and scenic assets. The youthful and unique atmosphere of this city makes it one of the most enjoyable and delightful cities in Europe. The vibrant night life and the international-standard ambience of classical music ensure that the city is loved by tourists from all over the world. Budapest also offers a rich treasure of natural “thermal baths”.
Budapest had been added to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage in 1987 for the architectural and cultural significance of Andrassy Avenue, Buda Castle Quarter, and the banks of Danube.
Lovers of history, architecture, museums, and food are going to have a gala time in Budapest. Hungarian food has earned special respect from global travelers and Budapest has a vibrant restaurant culture. The Asian-Hungarian fusion food, presently available in the city restaurants, has become highly popular. It is a delight for the tourists that food prices are significantly reasonable and budget lunch will cost around 4 EUR. Local food specialties are beef, pork, poultry, and veal, with abundant usage of paprika. The delicacies are Goulash Soup, Porkolt, Balaton Pike-Perch, Somloi Galuska, and Gundel Palacsinta.
Generally, Budapest is quite safe for travelers. Concerns for tourists can be rip-offs, scams, minor thefts, or pickpockets. The percentage of serious crime is usually low and does not normally affect tourists. Tourists can wander around safely through most places of interest, day and night. Normal precautions should be taken while visiting isolated areas or walking alone. Tourists should always avoid carrying excess cash as well as their passport. Using regulated taxis with proper license numbers and signs is recommended. Travelers should stay careful about their belongings in places of attraction, monuments, Vaci Utca, crowds, queues, and public transports.
Tourists can safely drink tap water throughout Budapest.