Thursday, 16 February 2017

A Weekend In Budapest | Things To Do In Budapest

Last weekend I went to Budapest with two of my friends from university. Before this, we hadn't seen each other for over two years and after trying so many times to find a weekend that we were all free, we eventually did and decided to book a trip to Budapest for the weekend! It was such a last minute decision and leading up to the trip I was so busy I barely had any time to research anything about Budapest. So when we set off I had absolutely no idea what to expect at all.

I can honestly say after returning from Budapest, it is one of the most beautiful and incredible cities I have ever seen. I have fallen completely in love with the city and I'm so excited to share some of my photos with you and tell you more about the weekend.

We stayed in the Hotel Carat which is located right in the centre of the city. We could walk absolutely everywhere, including to the river in around 15 minutes. I really recommend this hotel if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Budapest. It is very reasonably priced, perfectly located, had lovely decor and extremely friendly and helpful staff - but most importantly there is champagne available every day at breakfast - amazing!

We arrived Saturday afternoon and set out straight away to explore the city. We came across Gozsdu Udvar, a really cute passage way full of cafes, bars, restaurants and market stalls. We had a lovely lunch here in the cutest pasta place. I recommend having a stroll around here if you are in Budapest.

After lunch on our first day, we got one of the hop on hop off buses and got to explore a lot more of the city. We came across this huge ice skating rink which looked amazing! 

In the same area we spotted Hero's Square, it is the largest and most impressive square in Budapest which was laid out in 1896 to mark the thousandth anniversary of Hungary. It is one of the most visited sights in Budapest and I can see why. It is very beautiful to look at and I definitely recommend visiting. It is also right next to City Park, the largest park in Budapest. It's a lovely walk and also happens to be where the famous Szechenyi Baths are located, which I will get to further down! 

On Saturday evening we went Szimpla Kert, one of the famous ruin bars in Budapest. Ruin bars are bars built in the ruins of abandoned buildings and they are definitely worth a visit. The interior decor is so cool and the atmosphere is great, if you're looking for a night out in Budapest I definitely recommend checking out the ruin bars. Unfortunately I didn't get any good pictures to share!  

On Sunday morning, although feeling slightly hungover and very tired, we made our way to the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths and spent an amazing few hour here. It was exactly what we needed! Szechenyi is the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the water is supplied by two thermal springs and the temperature of the outdoor water is 27 to 38°C. 

If you are visiting Budapest I highly recommend experiencing the baths. The buildings are beautiful and it is such a relaxing experience. We were also so lucky to have sun and blue sky, and even though it was freezing outside once you're in the water it's amazing. 

On Sunday evening we walked along the river and did a river cruise. This was one of the best parts of the trip for me. The sights you see along the river absolutely blew me away, I still look at these photos and can't get over it - none of these are edited! We watched the sunset whilst drinking prosecco and taking in the beautiful sights - a must do if you're in Budapest. Below you can see Budapest's parliament building and Budapest castle.

After the river cruise we headed to Buddha Bar for dinner and cocktails. Buddha Bar is a hotel chain that is based in a few different cities. I haven't been to any others but now I definitely want to. The interior decor was stunning and the food and drinks were gorgeous. 

On Monday morning it was time to pack and check out of the hotel, but thankfully we still had a few hours to explore some more of Budapest before our flight home.

Every single building in Budapest is stunning and has a history behind it, I could honestly spend hours just wandering the streets.

We didn't get the tram while we were there as we discovered that pretty much everything in the city is close enough to walk. But we did have a look at the trams which are so lovely and go overground and underground at parts.

Whilst we were in Budapest we went to a few different cafes and restaurants and I am going to write about these in a separate post in much more detail. But I just had to mention the below, can you believe this is a cafe? Honestly the prettiest cafe ever - it's called the New York Cafe and you must visit for one of their famous hot chocolates.

Finally before we left for the airport, we went to Gelarto Rosa for one of their famous rose ice creams. An amazing end to an incredible weekend!

I had such a wonderful weekend in Budapest. I went not expecting anything and I have come back thinking it's one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. I wish we had one extra day there as there was things we wanted to do but didn't have time - I'm already planning my next trip!

Have you been to Budapest? 

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