Unlike my usual travel posts this one isn’t going to go into too much detail. It’s been three months since I came back from Budapest and though I did intend to write about it much sooner, I didn’t. Budapest was the grand finale in our 2016 European adventure. After three days in Prague followed by three days in Vienna we hopped on a train at Wien Meidling and arrived in Budapest Kelenfoe just two and a half hours later.
We stayed at the City Rooms hostel in the Inner City district. The hostel was perfect from the friendly and helpful staff to the perfect location. The underground and buses were on our doorstep and it was fantastically placed for exploring on foot.
Ruin pubs are a must see when you’re in Budapest. Formerly abandoned buildings are turned into thriving nightlife venues with unique décor and an incredible atmosphere. When you search Ruin Pubs in Budapest Szimpla Kert is the top recommendation and it was only a ten minute walk from our hostel! That night is still a blur but I do know the beer was cheap, the bar was incredible and the night was (ironically) unforgettable.
Of all the cities we visited the food in Budapest was my favourite especially the traditional Hungarian chicken Paprikash on a bed of Nokedli dumplings. I was also a huge fan of kürtőskalács (which I can only describe as a hollow cone shaped doughnut kinda thing). If you appreciate your tastebuds you need to indulge in these delicacies.
From the Széchenyi chain bridge to the City Park there is so much to explore. During our three days we saw so much, my favourites being atop Buda Castle Hill. Here you’ll find the Royal Palace, Hungarian Nation Gallery, Fishermans Bastion, crooked streets, cafés, restaurants and incredible panoramic views of the River Danube under the Széchenyi chain bridge and the Pest side of the city. You can get the funicular or a range of buses up and down the hill but we opted to walk to really take in the beautiful city in all of its glory. I also loved wondering around the City Park (Városliget). It is vast and houses Budapest Zoo, the thermal baths, several museums, Heroes’ Square amongst much more. The day we ventured around the park was coincidentally the day of a huge lightening and hail storm but it was still wonderful (until we had to run and hide in the underground).
Many pictures to follow: