I was planning a surprise trip for my love and I was looking at various locations for a citytrip within Europe. I had a few conditions that I was selection by; it had to be a place where we both never had been before. It had to be affordable to book at such last minute and it should have plenty of culture and good food as we are firm lovers of both. It didn’t take me long before I decited Budapest would be the perfect choice!
Accommodations in Budapest are pretty reasonable, and you can get a hotel deal for a fair price. But like usual I went for an Airbnb instead. There are many cool (design) appartments to be found via Airbnb in Budapest. I was able to find an apartment in District V close to most attractions, restaurants and bars.
Budapest is home to a few heritage sites so there are many things to see. Most of the attractions are bunched together making it easy to see the city in just a few days. I saved you the trouble of looking into it and made a list of a few of the high lights that you can check out:
Buda Castle/The Castle district: here is where you can find the National Gallery, the Matthias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Castle Hill Funicular. There is a old little train that takes you up the hill if you prefer, but it’s very much doable to walk up.
I discovered that on the Buda side in general there are many historic attractions, museums and charming streets, little cafés and good restaurants to be found.
Citadella: this is located on the Gellért Hill right next to the famous Gellért Hotel on the Buda side. The panorama of Budapest is quite amazing from the top.
The walk up to Citadella is quite a climb but I really love these kind of hikes. Sightseeing and a workout all in once. Seriously, think about it… It allows me an extra glass of red wine at dinner 😉
Chain Bridge: This is the first bridge ever built on the Danube in Budapest. And it’s definitly a beautiful one! I recommend you to go there in the evenings or at night. The lights on the bridge and the view over the city make it a very romantic and magic place.
Also worth to mention on the list:
Saint Stephen’s Bazilic: You can go up to the top of the building for free until 21:00and see the city’s panorama. This is located in the 5th district, at Szent István Square, between the Hercegprímás and the Bijcsy-Zsilinszky street.
The old Jewish Synagogue: Located on Dohány street in the 7th district you will find the old Jewish Synagogue. It’s a beautiful building and memorial place.
Public transportation is inexpensive and is quite easy to navigate. Budapest has an extensive transit network which features subways, trams, and buses. We have used them all but since the city is relatively small, many attractions are within reasonable walking distance of eachother and we did most by feet. As mentioned before we also loved using the bike as a way of transport.
Food & drinks – There a few places that we really enjoyed eating at and I had to list them in my Fit & Food section on the blog.
If you like food as much as we do make sure you check out the Great Market Hall! Beautiful building, lot’s of delicious and local ingredients and food. Just a handy sidenote; they are closed on Sundays!
A very populair and well know phenomenon in the nightlife of Budapest must be the ruin pubs. The name kind of explains it already but it are pubs inside old ruin buildings. It’s the rickety furnishing and the overal vibe in these buildings that makes it kinda unique. I’ve done the effort to list a few of the best Budapest ruin pubs, so now all you need to do is to make up your mind and head out to explore these hidden (or semi-hidden) hangouts around town 🙂
Szimpla Kert – this is one of the most famous places and they also have local food, jeej! Address: Budapest, Kazinczy street 14.
Lärm/Fogashaz -They have rooftop terrace which is very romantic, with lights on the walls, and on weekends there is live music. I think this place would be perfect in during spring or summer days! Address: Budapest, Akácfa street 51.
Blue Bird Café – This place has a bit of a Marroccan vibe to is as the interior is all light-blue coloured. Sometimes birds fly into the terrace. Its located in the Gozsdu Garden. Address: Budapest, Dob street 16.
Hidden treasures at Régiségbolt És Kávézó..
Everybody who knows me, knows I LOVE vintage shops. So I was pretty stoked to find this cute little place right down the stairs of Fisherman’s Bastion. It was the perfect place to warm up as they sell tea, coffee and wine and we just finished a quite cold and uphill bike trip 🙂
The place is called Régiségbolt És Kávézó and they have all these cute little treasures. I’ve found myself an original postcard book with old pictures of Venice, Italy. Love it!
Thermal baths at Széchenyi
Some of the things I think you can’t skip if you are visiting Budapest is a visit to one of the city’s amazing thermal baths. One of the the largest and most famous is called Széchenyi and is located in the the city park in Budapest.
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I’ve collected a few of my favorite Instagram moments below
I hope I was able to take you with me on this trip by sharing my moments and tips on Budapest. We have had a wonderful time and I would highly recommend going there at least once as it’s a beautiful city. Eventhough we have had a great time and we were very lucky with the weather (dry and not that cold during the first week of March) I can kind of imagine the city would be lovely to visit during the late spring days. When it’s not to hot but warm enough to stroll outside along the river Dunabe with a bottle of good wine. Or enjoy the city views from the many rooftop terraces when the sun is out and the evenings are a bit longer still.