Budapest has inspired some truly beautiful travel quotes. The late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, having been well prepared for the beauty of Budapest, was nonetheless surprised at its magnificence. “They said that of course, Budapest is beautiful,” he remarked. “But it is in fact almost ludicrously beautiful.”
When you visit the Hungarian capital you will totally agree with it. It’s a city with 19th-century elegance, beautifully blended with baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture. Its legendary landmarks seemingly glow in the golden hour.
The city is separated by the Danube River: Buda and Pest form the two different faces of the Hungarian capital. Buda’s hills offer sweeping panoramas across the city and the Castle District purrs with imperial taste. Pest is entirely flat and its buzzing nightlife and bar scene are always lively.
Here are some of my favorite quotes about Budapest to inspire you to travel here
“I love Budapest for all the right reasons – architecture (especially art nouveau), romance (particularly the views from the bridges) and sticky apricot jam – and some of the wrong ones, too – killer pálinka (fruit brandy), rickety trolleybuses, and spending way too much time in the Turkish baths.” -Steve Fallon
“If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow.” “But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.” – Gyorgy Ligeti
“Europe’s most underrated big city, Budapest can be as challenging as it is enchanting.” – Rick Steves
“Budapest is a prime site for dreams: the East’s exuberant vision of the West, the West’s uneasy hallucination of the East. It is a dreamed-up city; a city almost completely faked; a city invented out of other cities, out of Paris by way of Vienna — the imitation, as Claudio Magris has it, of an imitation. – M. John Harrison
“Budapest in late May is a city of lilacs. The sweet, languid, rather sleepy smell of lilacs wafts everywhere. And it is a city of lovers, many of them quite middle-aged. Walking with their arms around each other, embracing and kissing on park benches. A sensuousness very much bound up (it seems to me) with the heady ubiquitous smell of lilacs.” – Joyce Carol Oates
“But best of all I loved the Castle Hill District of Buda. I never tired of its ancient streets. Even in those days old things attracted me more than new ones. For me the deepest truth was found only in things suffused with the lives of many generations, which hold the past as permanently as mason Kelemen’s wife buried in the high tower of Deva.” – Antal Szerb
“In Budapest, you’ll find experiences like nothing else in Europe: Feel your stress ebb away as you soak in hundred-degree water, surrounded by opulent Baroque domes…and by Speedo- and bikini-clad Hungarians. Ogle some of Europe’s most richly decorated interiors, which echo a proud little nation’s bygone glory days.” – Rick Steves
“One thing that hasn’t changed through the years is the Hungarian affection for taking the waters — marinating in thermal baths. A tradition going back to the Romans, continued by the Ottomans, and something that survived through two wars and communism. And they do it in style.” – Anthony Bourdain
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“Of course it’s not all foie gras and fine wines. There are other pleasures, just as awesome. Maybe, maybe even more awesome.” – Anthony Bourdain
“In Budapest, I always had questions. What is your signature dish? They, of course, said goulash. I loved it so much and now have to figure out a way to make it at home.” Tia Mowry
Like all cities, Budapest has two faces: one for visitors, and another richer and more interesting one for its inhabitants. Fortunately, the latter is very easy to access. To experience Budapest like a local make sure to follow us on Instagram or like us on Facebook.