A quick guide to Budapest

Budapest. Often known for stag parties and cheap booze.

Though on a recent trip to the Hungarian capital, the city surprised us with its beautiful scenery, welcoming locals and incredible food – ahh the many many bowls of goulash I devoured.

Budapest, Hungary
How cool are these hanging lanterns here? It was very tempting to grab a few for my suitcase back home after a few cocktails.
Yellow wall, Budapest, Hungary
I have a real thing for yellow walls. Hungary, Budapest.

When wandering around Budapest – though it would be hard to miss – a trip to The Danube river and the Chain bridge is a must, especially if you’re around at night when everything is lit up. Whilst there, head over the bridge to the Buda side of the city and have a trip up the funicular to visit the impressive Buda castle to get panoramic views away from the bustling Pest side.

Budapest, Hungary

Whilst the thermal baths are infamous with Budapest, the most popular and well-known has to be the lavish Széchenyi Thermal Bath. Which of the many baths you decide to take a dip in, really depends on personal taste and the atmosphere you’re looking for. Széchenyi boasts swish architecture and three heated pools; so there’s enough space for the large footfall of locals and tourists who populate this hotspot on a daily basis.

Bar, Hungary, Budapest
Why can’t ever bar back in the UK be as colourful as those in Budapest?

Budapest’s Parliament makes an impressive backdrop when in Buda. If you do decide to go on a tour of the Parliament, expect to see many of the sumptuously decorated rooms and catch a glimpse of the Holy Crown of Hungary.

Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest
The Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest, at night.

 

In terms of accommodation, if you’re after the hilltop views, picturesque photo opps, and a more relaxed pace, make sure you stay on the Buda side of the city. But if you prefer the hustle and bustle of a capital city, stay in Pest and take advantage of the many ruin pubs and garden clubs on offer.

Szimpla Kert, Budapest, Hungary
Slightly dingy, very sticky and a bit grotty – but fabulous! At Szimpla Kert, Budapest.
Szimpla Kert, Budapest, Hungary
Szimpla Kert, Budapest, Hungary

If you’re staying for a few days, there’s a hidden treasure which can be found in a basement near a quiet seemingly residential area, only to be distinguished by a neon sign above the door. It’s here that you’ll find the Budapest Pinball Museum, home to 130 machines dating as far back as the late 18th Century. Once you’ve paid the initial entrance fee, the high scores on all of the machines are yours for the taking at no extra charge.

It’s flipping brilliant (if you’ll excuse the pun), and well worth the detour.

Pinball museum, Budapest, Hungary
Smashing the high score… (maybe).

 

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