Budapest was one of the first places on our interail list, a city that has always intrigued me. The old mixes in with the new, throughout the city centre and there are plenty of experiences not to be missed when visiting the city.
The City’s Highlights
Danube River – As we stayed on the ‘Pest’ side of the city, strolling along the Danube river was a perfect way to get our bearings with the city. There are incredible views of Buda Castle and Széchenyi Chain Bridge from this side of the river and you’ll be able to see the ‘Shoes on the Danube Bank’ monument, which is incredibly moving as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives during the shooting in 1944.
The Hungarian Parliament Building is situated right along the riverside and the architecture is very impressive, as the world’s third largest parliament building. Luckily, the lighting enables the architecture to be admired at any time of day (especially as it reflects into the water at night) but it also makes a good way to explore the city quickly.
Thermal Spas – Get this to the top of your Budapest bucket list pronto! After a bit of research, we decided to visit Lukács Thermal Bath – believed to have the most effective water in Budapest and I can confirm that the water transformed hands, they were smooth for DAYS afterwards. One of the reasons why we picked Lukács Baths was the reasonable price, it was €7 for a three-hour student pass. There’s plenty to explore, with the outdoor whirl pools, saunas, ice rooms, plunge pools etc, all with the historical feel to it.
Buda Hills & Castle – Just a bit different to the thermal baths is climbing Buda Hills. But the views by the Citadella at the top do make it worthwhile (as long as you’ve packed enough water). To get that bit further up to Buda Castle, using the funicular railway is a good idea as the castle grounds have plenty to explore – I think we may have spent about half a day wandering around.
For every hummus lover alike, Hummus Bar is the place to go! The options to have with hummus are endless, but we both tried the falafel bowl and enjoyed the huge stack of pitta bread that came with it. It’s interailing budget friendly
Budapest is, of course, well-known for it’s selection of ruin bars and you’ll never be far from one. Puder Barszinhaz might not be the most popular ruin bar, but it offers some incredibly cheap cocktails whilst you’re sat in a beautiful interior.