Ok, so I don’t have a house in Budapest, but George Ezra’s song is so damn catchy, it had to be my title. Elaborating on I’M CHRISTOPHER’s blog post about contemplating going to Budapest for Blogging 101, I thought I’d share some of my experiences and pictures from my time in the beautiful Hungarian capital.
Things to Do –
Fisherman’s Bastion – The big beautiful building atop the hill that overlooks the Danube River and the entire city.
Christmas Markets – I was lucky enough to be in Budapest the week after Christmas and they still had their gorgeous markets set up. I spent hours wandering through the maze of them, looking at little knick knacks and buying amazing pastries!
House of Terror – Now a museum, this building was once occupied by the Nazis and then the Soviet Union and tells of the horrors of Hungarian people and their devastating history.
Szechenyi Baths – Beautiful thermal baths with temperatures between 38-40degrees Celsius. My friends and I went at night time (tickets were cheaper after 7pm) and the place was beautiful at night! We drank beer and champagne in the baths and relaxed until close. Definitely the highlight of my time in Budapest.
Prepare – Hungarian is a very interesting and basically indecipherable to the tourist who can only speak English and bad French, so I’d highly recommend researching and saving directions, street names, numbers etc before you arrive.
Be Safe – Like travelling anywhere, safety is important… especially with cabs. There are signs everywhere at the airport urging tourists to book cabs or only use a specific company for your safety.
Pack your walking shoes – Do a walking tour of Budapest. It’s the best, easiest and cheapest way to see all of the sights, learn about the history from a local and capture some amazing photos!
Do you have anything to add to this list? I was only in Budapest for 2 nights so missed out on seeing and doing a few things so let me know what I should do next time in the comments below!
15 thoughts on “My House in Budapest…”
Beautiful pictures! I think, the last one was taken from that high hill on the river bank? I went to Budapest about 20 years ago, but I still remember climbing a very high hill, which left me exhausted, but also happy – the view was worth it 🙂
Yep it was definitely that one! after walking up it I was so puffed but the view was definitely worth it I’m sure you can agree!
Not sure whether it’s your thing, but the Sziget festival there in the Summer is incredible – best festival I’ve ever been to! And it’s close proximity to the city centre means that it’s easy to have a sort of festival-and-city-trip week.
Ah yes festivals are totally my thibg and id love to go one day! Supposed to be one of the beat feativals in the world right?! Wouldve been an amazing experience! 😊
Well in that case, you MUST go! In my experience it’s the best 🙂
I’ll definitely keep it in mind… once I have the money saved as well!
glad I could inspire! Brilliant post and pictures!. I’ve been looking into this destination alot more, even have my ‘Top 10 Budapest’ book from the library to read on lunch breaks to get even more clued up. There alot of people talking about similar subjects like the baths, perticularly the Szechenyi Baths. if this goes ahead I will definately stop by here, and with your advice on the tickets being cheaper after 7pm, it sounds like a perfect wind down to an evening.
That’s one of the most exciting parts of a getaway… planning it!
I hope your plans work out! Please let me know if you want to know any more information/have any questions!
Budapest is on my top must see places! So cool to see tips and pictures from there. What was the best restaurant and or bar you went to ?
Ah you’ll love it! The culture and people are beautiful! So surprising since I really didn’t have any expectations because I had no idea what to expect.
As for names of places I went, I’m sorry I wish I could tell you but it’s all a bit of a blur for me (you’ll quickly learn that alcohol there is very cheap). However, you must drink at a ‘ruin bar’ clubs/bars etc which are clubs/bars in old nearly ruined buildings. Some were even Soviet buildings during the Iron Curtain… definitely worth checking out! http://ruinpubs.com/ here’s some of the best ones in the city!
If you loved the thermal baths, please tell me you went to the “sparty party”
I haven’t heard of that? What is it?
I only got to stay for 2 nights
Hey awesome pictures. Do you have an itinerary for this trip?
Like including per day cost?
Thank you so much! I don’t unfortunately! I went there about 3 years ago so I can’t even really remember! I do know that the exchange rate mates Hungary and a lot of Eastern Europe very affordable.
I stayed in the Wombats hostel which was amazing and perfectly located! If you use public transport, see if museums/galleries have youth/reduced admissions after a certain time and shop at supermarkets, you’ll find yourself saving a lot of hard earned $$$
Best of luck with your travel plans! xxx
Hey , Thanks a lot for all the info 🙂