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).
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).
A few of the places we visited included the:
The Hungarian Parliament Building
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!!!
The Liberty Statue
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).
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!
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.
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!
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