Invitation to Budapest
Budapest has long been an attractive tourist destination with its UNESCO world heritage sites such as the majestic Heroes' Square, magnificent Buda Castle, and the impressive Danube banks. Walking down leafy Andrássy Avenue is a pleasure in itself for locals and visitors alike, but the glittering flagship stores of international brands also make it a favourite destination for the discerning shopper. The museums and national galleries of the city are home to contemporary and classical art collections and the world's most prestigious travelling shows. Together with countless contemporary art galleries, Budapest will inspire and engage lovers of the old masters and seekers of new talent.
Once intellectually refreshed, the historical baths and modern day spas reinvigorate the body and the soul. In recent years there have been a number of revolutions of an altogether more hedonistic kind that have put Budapest on the map for modern urban travellers. For many, Budapest has become synonymous with ruin pubs abandoned apartment buildings taken over by entrepreneurial young creatives and turned into profitable and fashionable hangouts for their likeminded peers. Szimpla served as the ignition point of the movement, not only becoming an institution and an unmissable stop on every tourist route, but also almost single-handedly ushering in the ruin pub phenomenon that has reinvigorated a previously unloved urban area and turned Kazinczy Street and its environs into a hub of Budapest nightlife. The ruin pub revolution was only the beginning - new trends and revolutions are adding new colour at a rapidly growing rate to this city that is constantly reinventing itself.
While ruin pubs are still thriving, the bistro revolution is redefining our relationship with eating out, craft beer appreciation is a serious pastime and chic wine bars are giving prestige and recognition to the wide variety of wines that come from the Hungary's far flung wine regions, introducing them to Budapest and through her, the world.