Les Clefs D'Or
Les Clefs D'Or

Your Key To Budapest, The Battle Between Pest and Buda – 2020 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee – Hungary

My picturesque city is divided into two parts by the Danube river, Pest and Buda. Did you know that there is a huge rivalry among the people who live in the city which side is better?

Probably, this is a never ending argument, but let me help you decide. I tell you a secret, I live and work on the Pest side.

In my opinion, travelers who visit the capital of Hungary usually don’t know what to expect. Due to the location of the city in the heart of the continent, history, traditions and customs of Eastern and Western Europe meet in Budapest.

We can say that you can find a little bit of this and a little bit of that, what makes the city an amazing colorful mixture of East and West, North and South.

First allow me to tell you about the hilly Buda. Locals say that it has a peaceful atmosphere, more relaxed and quieter than the other side. There are lots of hills, caves and walking paths which is perfect for family trips on the weekends. You cannot be closer to the nature than here. The highlight is definitely the Castle District, it will take you back in time with its cozy cobble stoned streets and historical buildings. Perhaps you all heard about the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, but only a few discover the Hospital in the Rock which is neighbouring them. Its caverns provided shelter for several civilians and soldiers during WWII. After the war, medicines and vaccines were produced there, then it was turned into a nuclear shelter, and then a museum in 2007. Another must visit spot is the top of Gellert Hill from where the view of the city will take your breath away.

Let me take you over to the other side through the Chain Bridge which was the first link between the two river banks. Today it is only one from the eight iconic bridges.

As you arrive to the Pest side you will feel the beating heart of the city. Restaurants, cafes, bars, the unique ruin bars, gastro pubs, clubs and theatres are waiting for you to fulfill your wishes. Did you know that all the Michelin-starred restaurants are located here on the Pest side? By walking you have the best chance to explore all the secrets of the Jewish Quarter, the historical Liberty Park and unique architecture of the buildings on the Grand Boulevard. Don’t forget to look up. In my opinion, the most magnificent buildings in the city are the Parliament and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is worth to climb up to its cupola for the stunning view.

As a final tip, to experience the charm of both sides I recommend taking a cruise on the Danube because the city is most beautiful from the river, when it’s all lit up.

Visit Budapest, fall in love with it and choose your favorite side as all the locals.

Meet the Author
Fruzsina Fekete

Budapest is my hometown, where I studied hotel management and completed my Diploma in 2009. During my internship in the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, I learned that being hotelier is the best profession for me. I had the great opportunity to develop my skills at all areas of Front of the House. I soon realized that working as a concierge is the closest to my heart.

All my career decisions were supporting my goal of becoming a concierge. After the internship, I worked as concierge-receptionist in a four-star hotel, and then I continued my career in The Ritz- Carlton, Budapest. With my knowledge and experience, I was promoted to the Head Concierge of the property in 2017. I have been a proud member of the Les Clefs d’Or since 2015.

I am interested in travelling and gastronomy, I have an endless bucket list, which I try to fulfill. However, Budapest is still my favorite city on the world, and my mission is to endeared it with all travelers.

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