Budapest

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I can now see why Budapest is called one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We were in Budapest for a long weekend and we all totally fell in love with the city, the only thing we regret is that we didn’t have more time to explore.

We were very impressed with Budapest’s laid back, yet dynamic atmosphere, the city’s dashing, edgy contrasts, friendly people (that, I already knew) and glittery skyline along the banks of Danube.

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We stayed in an Airbnb right by the St. Stephen’s Basilica and the location could not have been better for our weekend visit. The house was wonderful, so clean and fresh and our host Jannis was lovely. Simply, just one of those perfect experiences Airbnb can offer.

Image source: Jannis / Airbnb

St. Stephen’s Basilica (1905)

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 GOOD TO KNOW

Few European cities can rival Budapest’s glorious setting astride the Danube river. Its two sides, Buda and Pest, were separate cities until 1873 and they retain their own distinct identities. Conservative Buda and cosmopolitan Pest make this sophisticated capital one of the most beautiful cities. It is also a top destination for therapeutic spas.

Population: city 1,759,407 – metropolitan area 3,303,786
Currency: Hungarian forint (HUF)
Language: Hungarian

Climate: Humid continental. Budapest has as much summer sunshine as most of Mediterranean and during winters snowfall is fairly frequent in most years, and nighttime temperatures of −15 °C (5 °F).

Hello – Szia

Thank you – Köszönöm

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Liberty Bridge (1896)

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 GETTING AROUND

Budapest is rather compact and walkable in the main city area. However, in some cases, it may be more useful to use Budapest’s excellent public transportation system that is efficient, inexpensive and connects to all of the major tourist areas. The system consists of a combination of the bus, trolley-bus, tram, metro, and train lines and is streamlined so that tickets for all of them can generally be purchased at the same locations. We mainly moved around by foot and taxi. Taxis in Budapest are reasonably priced and easy to use – we used Fotaxi app for booking, works similar to Uber except that you can pay in cash as well.

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Chain Bridge (1849)

I highly recommend taking a walk across the Chain Bridge, the first bridge to connect Buda and Pest.

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After walking across the bridge, ride the historical funicular up to Castle Hill.

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 ORDER

Gulyás (Goulash) – the national dish of Hungary is traditionally a stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Simply delicious.

Kurtos Kalacs “Chimney Cakes” – sold on street corners. The baked cylindrical shaped cakes are sprinkled with caramelized sugar and other flavourings like vanilla, chocolate, coconut and cinnamon, and often then topped off with almonds or walnuts.

Pálinka, a local fruit brandy. Bull’s Blood of Eger or Egri Bikavér – Hungary’s most famous wine.

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 SOUVENIRS

Ajka Crystal – colourful, handmade crystal products.

Rubik’s Cube – the original inventor Ernő Rubik was Hungarian.

Hungarian Paprika – grown in Hungary, the peppers are dried, ground up and sold in stores all around Budapest.

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Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Thermal baths are a must when you’re visiting Budapest. We spent a day at Széchenyi thermal baths and it was so fun and relaxing.

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Café culture thrives in Budapest. I think we chose the most dazzling of all of the cafes, the New York Salon cafe, where we enjoyed cakes, coffee and tea. The New York Café, on the side of The Boscolo Hotel, was re-opened in 2006, but the history of the building dates back more than a century. The queue was quite long and the place is clearly popular with tourists.

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NEW YORK SALON – BUDAPEST

1073 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 9-11.  |  +36-1-8866-167  |   website

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We are so pleased we were able to witness Budapest’s beauty with sunny skies, good friends and a relaxed schedule. All of us want to return to Budapest for more!

I have a couple of other posts from Budapest that you can check out.

Most gorgeous little gelato shop, Gelarto Rosa, that creates tasty art with ice-cream.

Read about Budapest’s most delicious and healthy all-day breakfast spot, Szimply.

36 Comments

  1. 19th October 2016 / 7:30 am

    Your article is amazing. I now want to visit Budapest too. You really managed to give perfect impressions of the city and what you can do in Budapest. I also like that you said something about Budapest’s history. Budapest is now on my bucket list🌸 Kisses

    • 19th October 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much Imena! I love to hear feedback and you just made my day 🙂 Thanks again xx

  2. 19th October 2016 / 7:48 am

    All of these photos are amazing! Budapest is one of my favorite cities 🙂
    Such a fun place to travel!

    • 19th October 2016 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you 😊 Budapest really was wonderful and I liked how many faces the city has – and it’s perfect because you can walk pretty much everywhere.

  3. 19th October 2016 / 2:44 pm

    I adore Budapest!! My partner took me for my bday a couple of years ago. You capture it so well in your pics 😄 Ree love30

  4. 19th October 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I always wanted to visit that city! Your post is really nice, and your photos give wonderful impressions of the city.. It almost felt like we were there with you! Hope you had a lovely day! xx

    • 19th October 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you for your sweet words, I really appreciate it. Hope you get to visit Budapest soon 🙂

  5. 19th October 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Budapest is so beautiful ! Your images are stunning.I love the fact of the old and new towns.I look forward to reading more.

  6. 20th October 2016 / 3:52 am

    Your photographs are stunning. You captured everything so well. I am adding Budapest to my travel bucket list. I love that you added little facts and bits of information. I really look forward to reading about your future post about the thermal baths. <3

    • 20th October 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment Jenise – I really appreciate it 🙂 xx

  7. 20th October 2016 / 5:49 am

    Budapest is so beautiful. I have read and seen videos but these pictures look so real, i felt like I was traveling along. Very beautiful pictures 🙂

  8. 20th October 2016 / 8:34 am

    Beautiful pictures! I went to Budapest in June absolutely loved it can’t wait to go back.

    • 23rd October 2016 / 1:15 pm

      Yes Maikel, maybe we should go there together one day. With our boys of course 🙂

    • 21st October 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Thank you xx Budapest is so beautiful.

  9. 21st October 2016 / 8:15 am

    I have actually rarely heard anyone talk about Budapest (I mean when I talk with friends etc). It always seems to be the main cities like Paris, Venice and London that are mentioned, but it looks like a gorgeous place. I can’t get over how gorgeous your photos are, especially the one with all the umbrella’s. Stunning.

    • 21st October 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you Marleen. So funny, thats exactly what we were saying – the beauty of Budapest can easily be compared to cities in France or Italy and so can the architecture. Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  10. 21st October 2016 / 9:53 am

    Can I just say that I love your blog. It gives me so much inspiration for my travel plans. I’ve bene thinking of going to Budapest for a while and now after seeing these lovely photos I’m definitely going to book a summertime visit there. Thanks for sharing hun 🙂
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

    • 21st October 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much Katja! I’m so happy to hear that and you totally made my day! Thank you for your sweet words. Enjoy Budapest when you go! xx K

  11. 21st October 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I love the architecture! The roof of the building higher up in your post is so colourful and cute! I’ve been wanting to visit Budapest for a couple of years now, but haven’t found the time yet. Definitely trying to get there in 2017.

  12. 23rd October 2016 / 10:20 am

    I would love to visit Budapest one day!
    These photos are great and you give me a lot of inspiration! I’m that type of person who is only thinking of the most obvious choices such as France, Spain and Italy haha 🙂 Right now I want to chose something different, thanks for sharing this.

  13. 23rd October 2016 / 12:09 pm

    If I ever get to visit Europe soon, I’ll make sure to put Budapest on my list. Such a chill city and beautiful architecture!

  14. Maikel
    24th October 2016 / 7:22 am

    I have never been to Budapest but it looks so fab!

  15. 25th October 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Budapest is definitely on my wishlist and after seeing your photos it has just gone up in the ranking a lot!!! Absolutely loving this blogpost and love your photos as always!

  16. Dreammerin
    26th October 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Wow! Amazing photos – incredibly beautiful captures!!!

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