When I booked a weekend away in Budapest last year for Matt’s birthday, I never expected to love it quite as much as I did.
It’s a place that I could go back to time and again and I’ve even managed to convince a number of people to go there on holiday, simply because I’ve raved about it so much, including Matt’s mum who actually went there earlier this year and absolutely loved it.
In today’s post I want to try and convince you guys why Budapest should be on your travel bucket list; I really hope you enjoy reading this post as much as I loved writing about Budapest!
The food and drink
The food and drink that we had in Budapest was some of the best I’ve ever had on holiday. From the pizzas to the burgers to the sandwiches and cuts of meat; the food in Budapest really is incredibly delicious. Not only that, but it’s also mega cheap which is great news if you’re looking to really indulge in some amazing food while you’re there! The drinks are also incredibly affordable and many places often have awesome deals for you to enjoy.
Buda Castle sits proudly on top of a hill right next to the Danube river. During the day it resembles a gorgeous palace that’s both stunning and overwhelming, while at night it lights up the city with its towering presence reflecting on the river’s surface. You can walk all around the castle and get to know its history. It really is an impressive feat, both from afar and up close and you’re sure to love admiring its charm and beauty as you walk along the river.
While it’s not quite as impressive as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chain Bridge is still a sight to behold when in Budapest. You can enjoy gorgeous views of the river and both sides of the city from the bridge and it also makes the perfect backdrop for taking some incredible pictures. It links together Buda and Pest, creating a road and a pathway from one side of the city to the other.
The thermal baths
There are a number of thermal baths to be enjoyed in Budapest, including the Széchenyi Thermal Baths, the Gellért Baths and the Király Baths, plus countless others. These thermal baths are designed to help visitors relax and unwind, with each bath varying in temperature and size. Some baths also house large swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms so you can rest assured that you’ll have a truly relaxing day at any spa you decide to attend.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Whenever I go on holiday, I’m always drawn to the impressive churches and basilicas and St. Stephen’s Basilica was no exception. The stunning basilica looks unbelievable both during the day and at night and even though I didn’t actually go inside, from what I’ve seen of it online, the interior looks just as impressive as the exterior.
This was probably my favourite part of Budapest; the views were absolutely breathtaking, St. Matthias Church is such a stunning sight and everything about this area is just so beautiful. It’s quite a hike up to the top but it’s definitely worth it for the views of the city. Even though we visited Budapest in March, the top of the Fishermen’s Bastion was relatively warm but I’d definitely take a coat or jacket with you if you visit in the colder months as the wind up there can get a little bitter.
The Hungarian Parliament Building
I think this building is one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen. It’s insanely beautiful and sits boastfully along the side of the river with its towering features and sharp spires. The colours of the building compliment each other wonderfully and it photographs just beautifully. If there’s one thing you do while in Budapest, it has to be seeing the Hungarian Parliament Building.
The ascent to the Citadella is an incredibly tiring and exhausting walk but it’s definitely worth it for the views from the top. The Citadella is perched upon Gellért Hill and towers above the entire city. You can almost see all the way along the Danube river and you can even see the Hungarian Parliament Building in the background. If you’re going to climb up to the Citadella, then make sure you’re prepared for the huge hill; it’ll take you a little while to get up there but once you’ve been up and made your way back down the other side, you can stop off at the Gellért Baths for a relaxing couple of hours in the thermal baths.
As I mentioned previously with regards to the food, Budapest is an incredibly affordable place to visit in Europe; in fact, it’s probably the most affordable place I’ve ever actually been to. Everything from the food to the attractions to the flights over there can be found at an extremely competitive rate and the affordability of the city just makes everything even better.
When we stayed in Budapest, we stayed at the Buddha Bar Budapest Klotild hotel which was incredibly luxurious and sophisticated. Despite being remarkably glamorous, the hotel was also actually pretty affordable and I’d certainly recommend booking your stay here if you ever visit Budapest as it made our time there even more special and memorable. From what I could see, there also seemed to be many other stunning hotels in and around the city, and with excellent connections to and from the airport, you really will be spoilt for choice when choosing your accommodation.
Have you ever been to Budapest? Will you be adding it to your travel bucket list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.