It’s been a long time since I last published a new blog post but here I am again. I decided to blog a little less and enjoy life more as I was mostly worried about publishing a new blog post every week or so I’ll now only write blog posts when I actually want too. Let’s talk travel!
Urban Stables Apartments
The high walls give you that extra feeling when you enter the room. Everything just looks so damn good, I honestly have nothing bad to say about this place!
The location was amazing, situated in the centre of the Pest side, 5-10 minute walk from everything. You even get a smart TV to relax watch some Netflix after a long exhausting day of wandering around. I highly recommend staying here.
Getting around in Budapest
To get to the centre of Budapest from the airport the only way is to take a bus. You can buy your bus tickets at the airport itself, to get back you can just buy them (in advance) at the bus stop in a ticket machine. It’s very easy to do everything by foot so that’s what we did but, there are other options ofcourse. We saw a lot of e-steps but there’s a no parking zone in the centre of Pest so we didn’t decide to to that. We explored the city in about three days and walk about 40 KM around the small town, perfectly do-able if you ask me.
Dohany Street Synagogue
The biggest Synagogue in Europe and the second biggest in the world, this is worth a visit. If you’re into history, Budapest is the place to be.
This was my first ever Synagogue that I visited and it was beautiful but with a cruel history, like most of our European countries it was attacked by the Nazis. It’s very interesting for me personally to know the history of the buildings that I visit.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
This one was not really on our ‘to visit’ list because if you’ve seen one basilica, you’ve seen them all, or atleast that’s what I think. But, some friends recommended it because you can go all the way up and have an amazing 360° view over Budapest. It’s so worth the climb but if you can’t do the stairs, don’t worry there’s an elevator too! Just enjoy our lovely view with us..
ungarian Parliament Building
Except for visiting our parliament in Brussels with school so many years ago that I can barely remember, I never visited a parliament on a citytrip. It’s an amazing building, it’s so big, it has so much history and the inside is also so beautiful.
The tour guide is very interesting and ours was also funny as hell which makes it even better. You can’t visit this building on every day, you even need to show your ID to get a ticket as it’s still in use of course. Book ahead, we booked with GetYourGuide but there are so many options.
Shoes on the Danube bank
Although it’s a rather small thing to see I’d really like to tell you about it because of the history, the cruel history. It’s a memorial, to honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. It’s something to think about really.
Let’s switch to the Buda side
I was really looking forward to taking the Funicular up the hill to get a new experience but just our luck, it was out of service the day we wanted to go up the hill so we did a little hike, I say little because it is really not exhausting. Once you’re at the top you get an amazing view over Pest, which I ofcourse didn’t get one good shot off, damn you blurry pictures. We didn’t go in the castle as we were really hungry and wanted something to eat.
After our late lunch we strolled further to Fisherman’s Bastion which is very beautiful but also very crowded, one of the most crowded places that I saw in Budapest.
It has an amazing atmosphere. It’s a must see if you’re in Budapest but again, we didn’t go in. This time we skipped it because of the amount of tourists and my fear of crowded places.
Boat trip on the Danube
After a long day we decided to go on a boat trip on the Danube just before sunset so you can still see the city by day but also by night. For me this was an extra, it’s a lovely way to see everything you saw that day or the day before from a boat but it didn’t teach me much more.
In Saint Petersburg we had a lovely guide that explained everything so well and here it was just a tape they played, no place for questions or anything. Guess I’m a little spoiled but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
On our last day we just walked a bit around, tried a (vegan) kürtőskalác and I must say it’s so good!
I hope you enjoyed reading about our most recent trip as much as we enjoyed doing our recent trip. I must say Budapest positively surprised me, I didn’t think it was going to be as good and beautiful as it actually was, I highly recommend going there if you’ve never been!