Hungary

Budapest

Arrival Steps

  • We arrived at the local, domestic bus station via Flixbus in Budapest!
  • We were able to walk to a nearby bank and withdrawal some cash upon arrival!
  • NOTE: the city tram drivers will not accept big bills — so find a nearby shop and buy water, a snack, etc. to gather smaller change! (we had to do this after not being accepted to ride the first time)
  • We took the tram to a stop nearest our Airbnb, where the host’s assistant met us & showed us to the B&B!

Message Regarding Our Airbnb:

We had a poor experience at this Airbnb, so we are not providing any linkage to it! The place itself was beautiful & conveniently located. However — the host was very scammy, unhelpful, and ungenuine. If you are using this blog as a guide & a blueprint for your travels (and we hope you are 🙂) feel free to message us with any questions on where to stay in Budapest!
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Budapest Thoughts

Budapest is on of the more unique cities we have been to. It has an old but grungy feeling with some of the MOST BEAUTIFUL architecture you will ever see!

The city is divided into two parts Buda and Pest. Overtime, as the cities grew, the two because Budapest. The Danube River divides the two areas and the bluffs around the city create some extraordinary views!

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There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city we highly suggest allowing at least 4-5 days to explore this area!

The transportation is good but honestly the city is pretty walkable! We bought one book of ten tickets and had a few left over when we left. Tram #2 offers some amazing views of the river and we highly recommend taking this route at sunset!

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Don’t forget to validate your ticket!

The Magyar language (Hungarian) is very different and hard to understand however most locals spoke some English!

The people in Eastern Europe (in our experience) were a bit harsher and less friendly than other parts of Europe but of course not everyone! We had a great time!

The food and beer in Budapest are delicious definitely heavier than other areas of Europe!

Budapest is super dog friendly!

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Must see's/do's in Budapest

1. Matthias Church

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2. Fisherman’s Bastion

4. Hungarian Parliament Building

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5. St. Stephen’s Basilica

NOTE: the rooftop of this basilica has an AMAZING view of Budapest! We definitely recommend you pay the 600 HUF ($2.10 USD)
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6. Hungarian State Opera House

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7. Andrássy út

NOTE: this is a famous boulevard with shopping, fine dining, boutiques, etc. You definitely need to check it out!

8. Ruins bars

NOTE: there are 3 popular ruins bars —  Szimpla Kert (our favorite), Instant, and Fogas Ház! The atmosphere in these bars is SO COOL! We truly enjoyed them. 

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9. Thermal Baths

NOTE: Gellert is where we went but there are several options! Another option is Rudas Baths! All offer relaxing, authentic experiences. 
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10. Sziklatemplom

NOTE: this is also known as the “Cave Church”.

11. Citadella panoramic view & Liberty Statue

12. Memento Park

NOTE: this park is a bit outside of town, but there is a statue of Stalin and other communist leaders. It is some of the only surviving pieces left! This is definitely more somber, but still interesting learning the real history of this country. There are tons of various statues, too & the park is very nice.

13. Great Market Hall

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14. Chain Bridge

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15. Gresham Palace

16. River Tour of the Danube River

NOTE: there are various river tours! Just depends on what you are looking to see, for how long, and with what accommodations.

17. Dohany Street Synagogue

18. Margaret Island

19. City Park

NOTE: there are thermal baths here, as well!

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Departure Steps

 

 

  • We took a flight early the next morning with Ryanair to Bergamo, Italy! Costs were around 35€ each.

 

  • Note: there are not a ton of food options in this area close to the airport. And city central Vienna is a decent train ride away (around 35 minutes). So, plan accordingly!