Sunday, 27 November 2016

Budapest | Hungary


Budapest is a place I've wanted to visit for a little while now and so when one of my friends suggested we go for a long weekend, I jumped at the chance. Last weekend, three of us flew out to Budapest for two nights and having never visited Hungary before, I was excited to see what it had to offer.






Saturday
We had an early flight which meant we had the whole afternoon in Budapest. After settling into our beautiful Airbnb that my friend Emily booked, we set off to explore Budapest. We visited Heroes Square which is an iconic square commemorating Hungary's history and then went in search of some Christmas markets. Once we found some, we drank mulled wine, ate traditional Hungarian pastries and explored all the little stalls. We then walked down to the Chain Bridge to admire Buda and all the beautiful buildings on the other side of the river, lit up at night. After taking about 1,000,000 photos of the stunning view, we wandered back to our apartment, via St Stephen's Basilica, before going out for dinner and drinks.











Sunday
As we didn't have long in the city, we opted to do a walking tour to try and gain as much knowledge and see as much of Budapest as we possibly could. We had a very animated tour guide who gave us a great tour, visiting the iconic sights of Budapest which included St Stephen's Basilica, walking across the Chain Bridge over the Danube river, walking up to the top of Castle Hill on the Buda side and admiring the view of Pest from the top. From that view, you can see the Parliament building which I was really astounded by, it's absolutely stunning. The tour was completed at St Mathias Church which is such a beautiful church. After the tour, we walked back over to Pest, had some lunch and then walked down to get a closer look of  Parliament which involved taking many photos of the stunning building. Afterwards, we walked along the river and then went for a drink at the Szimpla bar which is a really cool bar in converted ruins and has loads of quirky rooms. We then walked back towards our apartment and went for dinner before getting an early night.




Monday
This was our last day in Budapest and we only had the morning before we had to fly home so we decided to visit the famous thermal baths. We went to the Sz├ęcheny baths which are one of the most famous in Budapest, it was quite an experience and after a bit of confusion over the entrance to the baths, we finally got in. We went outside first of all, which was very chilly in just a bikini! However, once in the bath, it was so lovely and relaxing. We tried a couple of the other outdoor baths before venturing inside to see what those baths had to offer. I must admit, I was really disappointed with the indoor baths, some didn't smell too good and others had soooo much dirt floating in them, that I couldn't bring myself to get in and soak in it! We decided to finish off our time at the baths in the outdoor ones as these were our favourite. Once we were fully relaxed, we returned to the apartment before packing to fly back home.

I had such a lovely time in Budapest, it's definitely one of my favourite cities, I wish we had longer there, but I would love to go back one day to explore other parts of the city. I really can't recommend it enough for a weekend break, it's so beautiful!