Budapest has long since been on my radar as a place to visit and today’s guest post is specifically aimed at travellers … of a certain age. I know that a lot of our readers are of a similar age to that of myself, Jen and Amanda, and we think it’s definitely something to be celebrated! We hope this post will give you some ideas of what to visit in Budapest, especially if, like me, you’re single, and hopefully it will give me the push to finally visit myself!
Budapest is the perfect destination for the over 50’s to dip their toes into the world of single travel. Safe and easy to explore on foot, this Eastern European city with its medieval Castle district, riverside promenades and coffee houses, make it the perfect destination for sightseeing and soaking up the country’s culture.
Described a ‘Little Paris’, Budapest is home to an impressive collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites; the Hungarian capital is rich in architecture, culture and history. The city boasts the very impressive parliament building, the largest in mainland European; it’s a must for any visit. But what else should you ensure is added to your travel itinerary?
The grand St. Stephen’s Basilica is said to be the most important church building in Hungary. Named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary whose “incorruptible” right hand is said to be housed in the reliquary.
The charming pedestrianised town of Szentendre is named the ‘City of Artist’s. Spend time meandering the streets, exploring the shops or just soak up the atmosphere at one of the many al-fresco coffee shops.
The crystal clear Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe. Its mountainous northern shore is home to the Balatonfelvidek wine region; visit a vineyards cellar door to sample beautiful wines surrounded by a stunning landscape.
An absolute must is exploring the city by night as the Szechenyi Chain Bridge, Royal Palace and Matyas Church are all elegantly lit up. A great way to do this is to dine on an evening river cruise along the Danube – the perfect way to see this city in all its glory.
Budapest is just two and a half hours away from London. It is a perfect destination for the single traveller; it is easy to navigate and has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. It is warm weather is perfect for sightseeing and is very affordable – the cost of living is almost half of other European cities such a Barcelona and Rome.
* One Traveller is the UK’s only travel company to exclusively cater for single travellers aged 50 and over. Budapest is a perfect destination for first time solo travellers, as One Traveller host a pre-travel get together for guests to meet before departure.
2016 Budapest holidays depart from London 13 September and 18 October. It is a six day trip for £1,220 (There are no single supplements). There is also Budapest & Balaton Christmas Markets 5 day trip departing on 2nd December for £995.
For more information on One Traveller, their holidays and to request a brochure, visit their website, www.onetraveller.co.uk or call 01760 722011.