My House in Budapest…

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.

View of Parliament Building from Fisherman's Bastion
View of Parliament Building from Fisherman’s Bastion

Things to Do –

Fisherman’s Bastion – The big beautiful building atop the hill that overlooks the Danube River and the entire city.

The Fisherman's Bastion
The Fisherman’s Bastion

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.

At the thermal baths
At the thermal baths

Tips – 

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!

BUDAPEST
BUDAPEST

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!

x A

Advertisements

15 thoughts on “My House in Budapest…

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. 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!
      x 🙂

    1. 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

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s