Tuesday, 12 April 2016

FOUR DAYS IN BUDAPEST

Recently, I took a visit to Budapest, the capital of Hungary with a group of my friends. It is somewhere that I had always heard such positive things about, every time I mentioned the place to someone that had previously visited, they would always tell me how beautiful the architecture is, how the nightlife is pretty amazing and how warm the weather can be. On this post, I will be sharing my experience and my tips on how to see the best of this lovely place.

The Sightseeing
I think this goes without saying but every city break is best accompanied by an open top bus tour that takes you to all of the main attractions. They are really the best way of seeing and learning the history about each city that you visit. We took the 'Big Bus Tour - Budapest', the Big Bus Tour company has bus tours in lots of major landmark cities across the world, ranging from London to New York and Abu Dhabi to Sydney. They are the perfect way to get around because you can hop on and off at every designated stop that you feel like and hop back on when the next bus comes a long. A bus comes around every 20 - 30 minutes, the perfect amount of time for you to have a good look around. Not only is this a great way to see the city but it also pays for a couple of days worth of transport - travelling with a view, what could be better? Through experience, I have found that these bus tours cost the equivalent of £20-25 and are valid for 48 hours from time of purchase, which is pretty damn good if I say so myself. You can find more information about these tours here.

Things to do
There really is a lot to do in Budapest, the sights to see are really quite endless and are all within a close radius of one and another. As I previously said there are many beautiful buildings in Budapest, some of the most prettiest being the Fisherman's Bastion along with the Matthias Church, these two beautiful buildings are right next to each other and make for breath taking photos, a long with a lovely view of Budapest. There are many places to stop at whilst on the bus tour, to name a few - Buda Castle, the Shoes on the Danube, the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian State Opera House. A long with sights, Budapest is famous for a couple of other things like their 'Exit Rooms' otherwise known as 'Escape Rooms', which I can tell you, is one of the best things I did whilst I was in the city and would recommend for every one to try out if they're visiting Budapest. It is a jungle-run/crystal maze-esque themed place that involves being locked in a room, whilst given an hour to find lots of clues to be able to exit or escape the room. There are lots of exit rooms to try but we were advised by a local that these were the best ones, you can find more information here. Another cool thing to do is to visit the Szechenyi Thermal Baths, these are year round warm baths/swimming pools that are open to the public. They're nice to see but worked out pretty expensive for what they were, if I remember rightly it worked out to be around £15, which is quite steep, you wouldn't pay that to go in a swimming pool at home.

Nightlife
One of Budapest's main attractions is it's notorious night life. The Ruin Bars have quickly become some of the most famous bars in Europe, they are named ruin bars due to that exact reason because they are in 'ruins', they are made up of all things that you would find in a derelict warehouse or your garden shed - very quirky indeed. We stumbled across one that was known to be one of the most popular, it was so lively inside and the drinks were super cheap, a gin and tonic worked out at about £4.00, which is a great price for being in a capital city in a lively bar. You can do a bar crawl which then takes you to some of the best spots in the city like Szimpla.

The Food
We didn't actually find lots of restaurants that felt that compelling to eat in, we had two big meals, one in an Italian place which was really nice and one in the Hard Rock Café - which I do not recommend eating in, we had great service but the food was not up to scratch, I basically left half my dinner (which is very unlike me). If you're a bit fussy and like to stay away from the traditional Hungarian delacsies like broth and stew then I suggest hitting up cafes, they have croissants and all sorts of pastries to choose from.

As we are tourists, we noticed that we got ripped off a couple of times. You never want to pay more than 9,000HUF for a taxi from the airport to the city centre. Another thing is that the shops seem to shut quite early, you don't have any 24 hour ASDA/Tesco here or chicken shops open till the crack of dawn. The only shop that we found was still open after 10 was subway (which obviously got it). So be prepared and buy stuff during the day to leave in your apartment fridge for when you get home late at night. 

This was by far the best city break I've been on, it's such a pretty, clean, warm, friendly and lively place - you really won't be disappointed, you get the best of both worlds, you can sight see during the day and fill yourself up with the city's pretty views and you can party the night away at the edgy bars.

Below are some pictures of the weekend away, I hope you enjoyed this post and if you are thinking about going to Budapest - do it!


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9 comments

  1. Your photos look gorgeous! Sounds like you had an amazing time, Budapest is at the top of my travel wishlist! x

    Always, Alice

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  2. Wow, very informative post. Great! Lovely images also.


    Funmi x
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  3. Stunning photo diary Lauren! Thankd for sharing!!
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    Jeanne
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  4. Great photos, I'm going this summer so I'll keep this post in mind!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  5. What an amazing place!! Beautiful pics, thx for sharing.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  6. a beautiful place@ x

    jess x | wellwellgirls.blogspot.com

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  7. The photos are so amazing ! :D

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  8. Beautiful photos! I would love to visit Budapest! And you're right, open bus tours are the best :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  9. Your photos are making me want to visit Budapest even more, it sounds like a great place for a city break.

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