Some call Budapest the Heart of Europe, others call it the Capital of Spas or the Pearl of Danube. Whatever you want to call this city, I think we can all agree that Budapest is beautifully unique.
Whilst we (Chris and his bro, Nate) were only there for two nights, it was evident that Budapest is a combination of history, religions, grittiness and glamour.
Coming up there’s going to be some writing (just a little bit, I promise), and some pics that give you an idea of what we experienced.
First up, Széchenyi Baths
Budapest isn’t called “The City of Baths” for nothing. These baths were built just over 100 years ago, and are kept warm thanks to the thermal spring they’re built upon.
Then, some city wandering.
Budapest is actually made up of two cities (Buda and Pest – they are either side of the Danube), and we explored both sides. It’s one of those cities with incredible architecture spread throughout, so make sure you have some time to simply walk around and take it in.
Then, Central Market Hall
There’s so many stalls and vendors selling some delicious and cheap food here, so it’s a must-visit…because who doesn’t love deep-fried bread, with some cheese and sour cream?
At some point coffee was consumed…
Coffee Embassy is a good time, for all those travellers requiring a caffeine-fix whilst they explore.
Then, The Opera!
I’m not particularly cultured, so this was definitely a little different for me. Tickets are inexpensive (£3.50), The Hungarian State Opera House is a grand building, so we decided to check it out.
We saw the first act of King Lear, sung in German. I had absolutely no idea what was going on. No pictures were allowed during the performance, but here’s the building from the inside.
Then, a walking tour
The next day, we went on a free walking tour. We took the alternative walking tour, which showcased the street art of the city.
Lastly, Ruin Bars
Here’s my small disclaimer about Ruin Bars… they’re not actually ruins. They’re simply bars that are a little bit run-down, but have now been decorated to appeal to those seeking out a ‘hip’ bar.
Still, they’re worth checking out.
And… that’s it!
If possible, I’d love to see Budapest again, but maybe in Summer. It’s a truly beautiful city, and when you leave you have a sense that there was plenty more that you haven’t discovered yet.