Péterfy I. Dialízis Központ

Get the Budapest feeling

Budapest! Sublime architecture that is dominated by the art nouveau, awe-inspiring thermal baths to experience curative relaxation, streaked with the often twisted paths of history and gorgeous bridges across the Danube of which the city is rightfully proud. In Hungary’s capital, you not only come across an amazing mixture that will keep you occupied and inspired for days, but you also get two cities for the price of one, Buda and Pest. Divided by the Danube and connected by several bridges, each side entices with several tourist attractions, and each is very different. So, don’t miss out on either one!

Pest encloses the city on the eastern bank of the Danube. Located in this area are four NephroCare clinics that enable you to spend both chilled and stimulating days. Budapest has made it into the top ten of favourite cities on many travellers’ lists. It has got so much to offer that people commonly want to come back here. Will this delightful city end up on your best-of list, too?

Activities & Sights

Buda

Buda Castle atop Castle Hill is worth exploring for several reasons. The potent building dominates the outline of Buda Castle Hill as a symbol for the Hungarians’ national pride. The terrace in front of the edifice provides a spectacular view over the Danube. Inside, it houses Buda Castle (the former Royal Palace), the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

You will get the best panoramic views of Budapest from Gellért Hill, though. The steep climb to the 235 metres-high hill, made up of white dolomite rock, is absolutely worth the effort. The Liberty Statue on Gellért Hill is one of the few remaining Communist statues, erected to commemorate the liberation from fascism and war.

Pest

The whole city is full of traces that show the Hungarians’ pride in their nation and history. If you pass the neo-gothic palace of Parliament and wonder about its dimensions, you are right. It is indeed the world’s largest parliament building, measuring an imposing length of 268 metres, a width of 123 metres and a height of 96 metres. Aligned with the Danube for representative reasons, the main entrance is not over the grand staircase in front, as one would think, but on the back of the building.  

Another remarkable example is Heroes‘ Square at one end of Budapest’s most famous street, Andrássy Avenue. Its space opens in a wide semicircular, featuring the colossal statues of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other personalities important to the Hungarian history.

A short but interesting walk is along the Danube Promenade, between Elizabeth Bridge and Chain Bridge. Looking over towards to Buda side of the river, it takes you to see many of the most famous sights in the capital.

More than transport routes

Budapest’s bridges are known for their historical significance, spanning centuries as well as the Danube. Before the famous (and must-cross) Chain Bridge was finished in 1849, Buda and Pest were two separated cities. Ship bridges linked them during the summer months, ferries shuttled during the winter, if the passage wasn’t impeded by treacherous floes. By and by, more bridges were built to link the two halves of today’s Budapest. Being completely bombed at the end of World War II, they got restored and rebuilt by 1964.

Though visitors prefer the elegant Chain Bridge to cross the Danube, there are more options. Margaret Bridge, the second oldest passageway, exhibits sculptures on each of the seven pillars. Linking two universities, Liberty Bridge is the shortest with 333.6 metres. It opened in celebration of the 1000th birthday of Hungary in 1896. Its 928 metres make Arpád Bridge the longest, if also one of the busiest thoroughfares. The most modern construction with high-tech light reflectors is Lágymányosi Bridge. No need to mention that the Danube is always enjoyable, from atop a bridge and from its banks, is there? A river cruise becomes a particularly memorable experience in the evening when the sun slowly sets on Budapest’s skyline.

Do you fancy a cup of coffee?

The fact that uncountable coffeehouses are scattered around the city tells you a lot about the attitude towards life of its inhabitants. At the beginning of the 20th century, Budapest counted no less than 500 cafés. Artists and writers met here to discuss life, the universe and everything in between. Some used the coffeehouses as their living room and study, even having delivered their mail there. When Coffee was brought here by the Ottomans, Hungarians first dubbed it “black soup”.

The coffeehouse scene suffered tremendously due to the two world wars when mainly the poor frequented them as low-cost eateries. Only when Hungary became once again a republic the coffeehouses were able to gain ground. Some of the ancient ones miraculously survived and are nearly as charming as in their early days. The cafés are always inviting, sometimes slightly quirky places to rest your tired bones and reflect on your Budapest impressions.

Danube bridge
Fischerbastei

Accommodation

Budapest provides accommodations for any style and taste, from the casual hostel for backpackers to the five-star luxury hotel. An economic alternative to a hotel is a private room. Visitors are well-advised to book them by intermediary of one of the numerous agencies. Though both sides of the city offer a variety of lodgings, most of them are located in Pest. This comes handy, as the four NephroCare clinics lie in these neighbourhoods east of the Danube, too.

Culinary & Culture

Celebrating life

Hungary has a rich tradition of folk dancing and Budapest proudly presents Hungarian folk shows. They offer a fascinating insight into the music, costumes and dance heritage of Hungary through the years.

Who has not heard praise of Hungarian cuisine? As always, things from afar can’t compare with sampling the dishes on site. All the cheerfulness, warmth and down-to-earth attitude is reflected in their hearty and spicy recipes and the delicious pastries, as the Hungarians have a sweet tooth. Though meat is predominant, delectable fish and vegetarian dishes have become increasingly part of the menu. Goulash seems like the quintessential "Hungarian" dish but is actually not eaten very frequently. The fisherman’s soup, called Halászlé, is a thick red-coloured soup made with an assortment of river fish and lots of paprika.

A traditional favourite and typical street food are Langós, a deep-fried dough served with a variety of toppings. However, the traditional Hungarian Lángos is served with garlic oil, sour cream and grated cheese on top. It is too greasy to be recommendable for a meal. Just a nibble, perhaps, to give you an impression of how the simplicity of the flavours makes it a treat for the taste buds.

Goulash

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