Budapest

Smiles all around

Smiles all around

Last week I was lucky enough to visit Budapest with my Mum and Nan for my Nan’s birthday (I am not allowed to say what birthday, but it was a big’un). I would be lying if I said my first desire to go to Budapest was not inspired by George Ezra, however since then a number of close friends and family have recommended it as a great city break without the extortionate price tag = WINNER.

My first problem was what the hell do you pack for a boiling hot city break? The words Cool & Chic come to mind, but easier said than done if you have a huge mane of hair and big boobs. Anyway I managed to pack and off we went!!

So I have made a little list of all the things I would recommend and my favourite activities in Budapest which I hope might come in handy if you are planning a trip  or you’re on the look out for a cool city to visit….

We stayed in the Eurostars Budapest Centre Hotel which was very roomy considering all 3 of us stayed in one room, very clean and very comfortable (apart from the two short power cuts we had due to the freak lightening storm).

They even had 3 little pieces of birthday cake with candles waiting for us on arrival!!

When we arrived in Budapest safe to say we had no clue where we were or where to go and I truly think when you only have a few days to explore a new city they best thing to do is to jump on a hop-on / hop-off Bus Tour. This way, you can get to grips with your surroundings and figure out all the most important places to visit. If you visit, I recommend the Big Bus Tours as they were very regular, with a good guide and you receive a free boat tour as well. Make sure you haggle fro a good price (my mother is the queen of haggling and managed to get us a 48 hour pass for around £13 each).

Free boat tour with the bus tour - love a freebee!!

Free boat tour with the bus tour – love a freebee!!

A few of the places we visited included the:

The Hungarian Parliament Building

The Hungarian Parliament Building, also known as the Parliament of Budapest for being located in that city, is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings.

Buda Castle

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. The castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site.

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. The castle is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site.

Szechenyi Baths.

No holiday is complete without a cheeky sunbathe and dip in the pool!

Budapest is well known for its Baths and there are many to choose from, however Szechenyi was recommended to us and we were able to take the tour bus there which was great. For one day entry to the Baths with full use of the thermal baths, sauna, swimming pools and a locker it costs less than £5 per person. The decor and the building was very traditional, however the facilities felt very modern and clean which was a great combination. There are places on site for refreshments and food. If you would like a sunbed then I recommend going early and being quick!!!

Matthias Church

The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda

The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda. It is a really breathtaking building.

The Liberty Statue

It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. The original inscription upon the memorial translates as  "To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes [erected by] the grateful Hungarian people [in] 1945".

It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. The original inscription upon the memorial translates as  “To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes [erected by] the grateful Hungarian people [in] 1945”. No one knows why she is holding a palm leaf!

Amazing view from the top!

Amazing view from the top!

Stunning view!!!

Even though it was actually thundering and lightening it was still beautiful!

There are many places to eat and drink and we found many gorgeous spots for a beer such as the Kiosk where we sat on a few bean bags and ate a watermelon bigger than our heads (which is saying something because I have quite a large head).

Kiosk bar.

Kiosk bar.

I was not going to let the watermelon defeat me!

I was not going to let the watermelon defeat me!

On one evening we strolled along the river and found the most amazing restaurant with an incredible view overlooking the River Danube. There was also a string band who were playing some great tunes!

View from inside of the restaurant.

View from inside of the restaurant.

Red sky at night!

Red sky at night!

Mum and Nan enjoying the band!

Mum and Nan enjoying the band!

We enjoyed our last night in a great bar called Buddha Bar, which is possibly the trendiest bar in Budapest. We only meant to have a quick Shisha and get going, but we ended up staying for a bottle of champagne, food and then went upstairs to the main bar where there was a cool DJ and we had a couple of G&T’s (Tanqueray 10 and Fever Tree obvs). It was a fabulous evening and close enough to our hotel to stumble home.

MUMM is the official Champagne of the Grand Prix. As the Grand Prix was taking place in Budapest whilst we were there - it seemed like the right thing to do?!

MUMM is the official Champagne of the Grand Prix. As the Grand Prix was taking place in Budapest whilst we were there – it seemed like the right thing to do?!

Casually hanging out in Buddha!

Casually hanging out in Buddha!

TOP TIP: As soon as you get to Budapest get to grips with the 5 main bridges and their names. This way if you do not know where you are – head for the River Danube and look for the bridge which is closest to your destination – it works a treat!

Personal Sat Nav!

Personal Sat Nav!

All of the bridges!

If you can’t remember the names just remember the colours!

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