At the end of April/beginning of May my boyfriend and I visited Budapest. When it came to choosing the place, we struggled. As many of you know, I used to work aboard cruise ships so I have visited many cities across Europe but this time I wanted to do a brand new city. As Hungary is land locked, I hadn’t made it there, until now. I’m so glad we made the decision to choose Budapest because it’s now up there with some of my favourite cities. A beautiful city, with lots of history, beautiful buildings, good food and it didn’t feel too busy (which I often dislike about capital cities). We stayed on the Pest side of the city (the different sides separated by the Danube).
We stayed at the Mercure Budapest Korona. We chose this as I loved the interior of the rooms, how gorgeous are the shower tiles (I always have a thing about nice bathrooms in hotels) but also the prime location. The hotel was going through a renovation so the downstairs bar wasn’t open yet which was a shame but the work they had done so far looked great. The location of the hotel was perfect. It was around 30 minutes and a 30 euro taxi trip. Their national currency is the Hungarian Forint which we took with us but the taxi’s and airports take euros. It’s located 650yards from the Danube. It’s also only a 10minute walk to the shopping area/bars which was perfect as we weren’t in the middle of the action but just on the quieter outskirts. We walked everywhere in Budapest, except the Szechenyi spa which we got a taxi to and walked the way back. It’s such a beautiful city to walk around and it was lovely to make the most of the weather.
My Favourite place was Fisherman’s Bastion. It reminded me of a Disney Princess castle but with the most stunning panoramic views over Budapest. It’s set a little bit back from the Danube on the Buda side of the river with lots of steps to the top (which was great for the LISS). Up there too is the Buda Castle with equally as beautiful views over the city and the river. We visited Fisherman’s Bastion twice as it was my favourite place, we were blessed on the first day with beautiful sunshine not so much on our second visit. You can also pay to walk up the tower but we just walked around the edge of the Buda Castle which was much quieter. Up there are some places to eat/get drinks but we headed back down to the River to eat. There’s also the beautiful Matthias Church here with the most stunning diamond roof tiles. I bet you can tell I love a bit of architecture right!
Some of the other hot spots to add to your list are the beautiful Parliamentary Buildings, Heroes’ square, the House of Terror, The Chain Bridge and of course the many Spas Budapest has to offer. We chose probably the most well known spa, Szechenyi. It’s safe to say I was in my haven here. We also very smartly picked the most beautiful, hottest day to go it was 29 degrees, both in the baths and sunbathing. The baths are heated which means it’s a year round hotspot to visit. We bought our tickets online, as we were cautious of queues but in the quieter times you can just get your tickets there. We paid for cabins too, which means you get a little changing room to yourself to keep your valuables and get changed in. Perfect for people like me who like their own personal space, the other option is just a locker to put your things in and get changed in a communal area. We spent the morning here in just some of the 18 pools. We had a look around the inside pools, honestly it’s like a maze in there. But it was too hot to want to stay inside or have a sauna/steam. It’s definitely worth a visit here, with prime photo opportunities. I’d say to arrive early, it gets busy with stag/hen parties later on and it looks like one great big pool party.
At night Budapest is bursting with energy. Budapest is home to a number of ruin bars which have been turned around from derelict buildings to some of the most interesting places I’ve ever been. We visited one of the most popular ones Szimpla Kert. The atmosphere here is amazing. We explored, finding so many different little rooms and even an outdoor garden area with a cinema screening. The photos I have don’t do it justice but this should definitely be top of your list. We ate here (I’ll tell you about this in the next blog), we got a couple of drinks and found a quieter room upstairs at the back (overlooking the garden). It was a beautiful evening in Budapest. We also made the most of Budapest at night by taking a river cruise down the Danube. We booked it through trip advisor but you can just book them at the little tourist information points around Budapest. It was a beautiful opportunity to see the city at night. The Parliament building looked incredible at night. It was such a romantic opportunity albeit a bit chilly.
We stayed for just 3 nights/ 4 days in Budapest this was the perfect amount of time to do plenty of exploring without feeling rushed. So there’s my favourite places we visited in Budapest. Stay posted for the food blog…