POSTED: December 8th 2015

Budapest 2024: The city will provide a vibrant and rich cultural atmosphere for the Olympic Games

Night view of the Danube river with Parliament lit up on the right bank / Bigstock
Night view of the Danube river with Parliament lit up on the right bank / Bigstock

The Szechenyi Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe / Bigstock
The Szechenyi Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe / Bigstock

Budapest sets up a huge public ice rink for the holidays / Bigstock
Budapest sets up a huge public ice rink for the holidays / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) When searching for a city with a vibrant cultural life, look no further then Budapest, Hungary. Budapest is full of fantastic sites and is the perfect place for visitors of all ages.

The city is bidding against Los Angeles, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 summer Olympic Games. 

Start off a trip to the city by visiting the many churches and museums. One must make a stop at both the Church of St. Elizabeth of the House of Árpád and St. Stephen's Basilica. These are just two of the magnificent churches that the Budapest has to offer Travelers must also visit the Hungarian National Museum, which will not only educate visitors but give them a glimpse into the past. If one is still intrigued by the history, then make sure to explore the Roman ruins that the city possesses. Travelers will feel as if they have been transported back in time.

Another must-see historical site is Buda Castle, which also houses the Hungarian National Gallery. The Gothic style palace is one of the most astonishing in the world. While being surrounded by beautiful architecture, visitors can view some unique exhibitions at the gallery. One other site of great design is the former Institute of Ballet (Dreschler Palace). Though it is currently closed, the palace is a perfect chance for a photo opportunity.

After seeing the Dreschler Palace, one may be inspired to take in a theater performance. Choose from a variety of exhibitions, concerts, and dance performances. There is truly something for everyone.

If one is tired of sightseeing, try taking in the everyday life of Budapest by shopping. There are six large market halls for visitors that allow them to see every part of the city. The most famous pedestrian shopping street of Hungary belongs to the city center of Pest, called Váci utca. Travelers must also take a stroll along the newly built Fashion Street.

In addition to having a vibrant cultural life, the city is famously known as the 'City of Spas.' Budapest has a wealth of spas for visitors to relax in after a long day of sightseeing or shopping. The city still has operating Turkish baths that date back many years. It is a chance to take in some history while getting an opportunity to recoup from a busy day.

All the running around will stir up one's appetite. The city is famous for having excellent food. The traditional Hungarian cuisine is among Europe's best and richest. Visitors can enjoy traditional Gipsy musicians along with the delicious food at traditional Hungarian restaurants. However, if that is not one's taste, Budapest offers a wide selection of Mongolian, Chinese, Italian, and French restaurants to satisfy every taste.

With so much to do it can seem like there is no way to get any done is just one day. That is not the case as Budapest has several means of transportation that includes buses, trams, suburban railway, ferry boats, metro, and more. This gives travelers a chance to get around with ease.

Budapest offers a unique experience for all who come to visit. The city would bring the 2024 Olympics to life with a vibrant and rich cultural atmosphere.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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