Hey guys, I hope all is well! I have just returned from a super relaxing getaway in Budapest and whilst it’s still fresh in my memory I thought I would work on my Budapest travel guide! I will split these into 4 parts so that each post isn’t extremely long.
This part will focus on most of the things we did and how to get around in Budapest. The next 3 post will deal with the baths: because it isn’t a trip to Budapest if you dont visit at least one bath right? We went to 3! For variety and so I hope those will help you choose a bath to go to.
The best things to do in Budapest
My trips are usually jam-packed with activities and day trips where possible but going to Budapest was different. I was feeling ill when I left so I had to do less and chill as much as possible. We stayed in the Six Inn Hotel, it’s a little outside the city center but it’s well connected with trams, buses and metro. It’s also walking distance to most places. It’s your standard hotel, our room was super clean and cleaned daily and bathroom was spotless. The customer service we had was top notch! Front desk staff were lovely and helpful and always smiling and ready to help. I would recommend this place. The only issue we encountered was the air con working intermittently but we did have a fan as well so it didn’t get too warm during the night.
You have to do a free walking tour and the company we used was Free walking tours. We did two tours with them, the Original walking tour and the Jewish Quarter walking tour. The guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic but walk a little too quickly. The original tour takes you to most places in the city and ends with beautiful views. The Jewish Quarter walk is definitely rich with history and if you are interested in Jewish history I would definitely recommend this. Both walks were quite long actually, I would say the longest I have been on but they were interesting nonetheless.
We also walked a lot around the Danube River. I would definitely recommend a cruise but 2 days before we arrived there was a tragic boat crash which meant our cruise was cancelled and most cruises were suspended. But it was still nice to be around the area and walk across the bridge. We also visited West end shopping center, probably the biggest mall I have ever visited
Food & restaurants
Been ill with zero appetite kinda sucked on this trip (I couldn’t finish a meal smh) but we did go to some nice places. Hard rock café (I’m making this a challenge any country that has a hardrock café will be eaten in), Ruin bars in Jewish Quarter, Street food market in Jewish Quarter and a few others I can’t remember.
A few notes
There is no Uber in Budapest, their equivalent is called Bolt, and the cars that come will have taxify written on them. If you want to order a takeaway, download Wolt which will give you the menu in English as well. Their metro ticket is probably the cheapest I have ever paid in Europe. Its 350F roughly 94p! You have to validate each ticket which lasts about an hour and get a new ticket each time you change mode of transportation. Its 450F on the bus. A lot of places may accept Euro. In Budapest, pink caps on the water bottles are still, blue caps are sparkling- no matter the brand!
That’s all for part 1. We had amazing weather (I run out of SPF on the penultimate day). The next 3 posts will deal with the 3 baths we visited, each bath had a different feel and look so hopefully those posts help you decide which ones to go to.
If you prefer a book guide, I found this Budapest+Hungary guide on the Lonely Planet*
See you soon!
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