Budapest is a stunning and an interesting choice for a weekend away, rich in history, with wonderful food and nightlife. Budapest developed as two distinct cities of Buda and Pest. The Buda side today is more beautiful, calmer and more residential whereas Pest houses a lot of the nightlife and restaurants.
There is a great deal of choice when it comes to baths in Budapest but the most photographed and probably best known are the Szechenyi baths, which are some of the largest in Europe comprised of 18 indoor and outdoor pools. You could easily spend the entire day here relaxing in the thermal pools, saunas and whirlpools. Massages are also available. Locals and tourists alike visit the baths, beautiful in their architecture with a mythical medicinal property designed to cure any health complaint. No visit to Budapest would be complete without visiting baths of some sort and Szechenyi would be my choice!
There is a lot to see on foot, wherever you are staying. Take a walking tour of the city, cross over the Chain Bridge and be sure to stop by St Stephen’s Basilica in the square and Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Hungarian Parliament Building on the river.
This is the most popular viewpoint to photograph the city, incorporating the Parliament building and the Chain Bridge into the frame. Head up to the Fisherman’s Bastion next to the castle for these views.
This is certainly worth a visit, the enormous market hall is visited by locals and tourists alike and sells everything from fresh fruit, veg and meat to ornately carved souvenirs, beautiful delicate chess boards and secret boxes. The upper level houses a collection of eateries and it is hectic but persevere. I went for the traditional langos, which I feel is best described as a sort of doughnut pizza, essentially a sweet, deep fried dough base but with a selection of savoury toppings! Alongside the goulash which is another must try, this was probably my favourite dish of the trip!
As I am probably at my happiest whilst on the water, it only seemed right to take a night cruise along the Danube complete with lots of wine. It was extremely cold but utterly beautiful as you can see. I would highly recommend this as an activity, whether you’d prefer to sail during the day or the evening! Any city with a river that offers a cruise, particularly with a guide, is always a great idea, it is such a lovely way to see the city and get your bearings.
Afterwards, head to the iconic ruin bars which are set up in abandoned buildings in the old neighbourhood district of Budapest, for probably the coolest and most authentic night out of your life. The bars are built either into abandoned buildings, or literally in between them, with a tarpaulin covering and makeshift flooring.
Does anyone have any other recommendations for Budapest? Let me know!