Our third day in Budapest

Good afternoon to you on this gloomy day!

It’s time to tell you a bit about our third day in Budapest. After a nice breakfast in our hotel room we set off to the Fisherman’s Bastion. This was the first thing on our list that day. The Fisherman’s bastion was the place I was most excited about. From the bottom of the hill it looked like a magnificent castle that reminded me (obviously) of Hogwarts. We were very lucky with the weather again, however, it attracted many other tourists. I am not sure whether this is typical, but it was absolutely packed. We tried to take as many pictures up there as possible as it looked like a building straight from a fairy tale. Not to mention the breathtaking view of the city down below us.

Matthias Church
View of the Parliament from Fisherman’s Bastion

We then walked around the area to see a bit of the old town and the Hospital in the Rock but decided not to go into the latter. It was then time to cross the Chain Bridge again and make our way to Szimpla Kert – the most popular ruin pub in Budapest. It’s located in the Jewish Quarter. I remember being there a few years ago at night and I thought it was quite creepy. Being there during the day this time it made sense why I would it a bit creepy when it was dark. We spent some time there just walking around the rooms and toward the end, we played a couple of rounds on the indoor football table.

Entrance to Szimpla Kert
Until next time Szimpla Kert!

We found a Hungarian restaurant, Gettó Gulyás, close to Szimpla Kert and decided to go for Hungarian food again. Out of all the places we’ve been to this one must have been my favourite one. They had a lot of vegetarian options and they were delicious!

My usual – lemonade
His usual – goulash soup
Hungarian cheesecake

It was difficult to get up after this meal as we both indulged in a starter, main and shared (well, my boyfriend got one but we ended up sharing – the usual) a dessert. However, we were both very excited about the next place we were going to see – Heroes’ Square. No matter how many times I go to Budapest, I am convinced this place will have a similar effect on me every time. For those of you who have never been there, it is the biggest square in Budapest with the Millenary Monument in the middle. And statues of Hungary’s kings behind it. My only regret is not seeing it at night as apparently it’s beautifully lit up. Next time!

As you leave Hero’s Square and go towards the Park you will see the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle on your right hand side. You will also see a wonderful outdoor ice rink just by the castle. That area must be absolutely magical during Christmas with the snow, ice rink and Christmas market all adjacent to the castle.

My camera died after we got to the castle so apologies for the lack of pictures. We ended up walking around the park for an hour or so, but as soon as it started to get dark we headed towards our hotel.

On our way back we just had to stop and admire the beautiful Parliament at night. All the pictures were taken with our phones so the quality is not great, but trust me when I say, you do not want to skip this when you’re in Budapest! It’s the most impressive building both during the day and at night.

If you’d like to see what we were doing on day 1 and 2 to please click here and here. 🙂

Love,

K.

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Budapest – day 2

Good afternoon!

Did you all have a nice weekend? I was working on Saturday, so I used Sunday to do things around the house. And spent the rest of the day on the sofa eating and watching TV series.

Now, it’s time for our day 2 in Budapest. If you missed day 1, you can find it here.

We woke up nice and early on our second day in Budapest because there were quite a few things we wanted to see before it got dark. We left our hotel with coffees in our hands and made our way to St Stephen’s Basilica, which is the largest church in Budapest dedicated to their first king St. Stephen. Technically, it’s free to enter the church, however, there was a gentleman by the entrance making everyone pay some sort of voluntary donation. It was quite funny to watch him tell people off for entering without paying even though it said free entry. 😀

St. Stephen’s Basilica

After leaving the Basilica we found some nearby garden to walk around and then made our way to the magnificent Chain Bridge, the first permanent bridge across the Danube river connecting Buda and Pest. The views from the Bridge our incredible and the Bridge leads us to the Buda Castle. I took some pictures from the bridge, but they really don’t do the view any justice.

View of the Buda Castle from Chain Bridge
View of the Bridge towards Pest

Our next stop was the Buda Castle. As soon as we got off the bridge we were approached by people offering a shuttle bus that takes you to four places, including the Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion, Old Town and the gardens. We thought it was a good deal so we bought our tickets. That wasn’t the smartest thing to do as we later found out that there were regular buses that went up there so we could’ve just used those as we had a pass. Anyway, you live and you learn. At least you won’t make the same mistake! Of course, you can also walk up there, but as we had limited time we thought it was more time-efficient to take a bus.

The Caste from the bottom of the hill
In the shuttle bus on our way up
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The castle in all it’s glory
Taking it all in…

It was lunch time after this and we have found and restaurant that many people have recommended. Sadly, when we arrived, they told us the next available time is on Tuesday (it was Friday) so remember to book in advance when you’re there! 🙂 We decided to go to any restaurant at that point as we were in a bit of a rush to get to the Szechenyi Baths before it got dark. We came across Börze which looked nice and cosy.

There weren’t too many vegetarian options and the ones that they had I wasn’t very keen on so I ended up only having some soup and watched my boyfriend eat his Goulash soup again and a tasty looking main. At least my strawberry lemonade didn’t disappoint!

The Borze restaurant
Finally time to eat!

Rested and fed we walked back to our hotel to grab our swimsuits and finally go to the most famous thermal baths in Budapest – Szechenyi Spa Baths. This was another surprise for my boyfriend as I had booked it well in advance. You can either book a ticket and a locker or a ticket with a cabin. I went for the cabins as we had our shoes, jumpers, cameras with us and I was worried we wouldn’t fit it all in the lockers. It’s also more convenient for changing into your swimsuit as you basically get a little room for yourself to store all your belongings.

There were 3 pools in total, one of them strictly for swimming and the other two for enjoying the warm water and steam. The temperature of the water was 32°C and I swear I could’ve spent all day there. The temperature outside was around 6°C so beware, running from one pool to another was torture. I took a lot of pictures with my go pro but as it was very steamy the quality isn’t great. I took a couple of videos which I am editing and I will post them once I’m done.

Szechenyi Spa Baths
Entrance to the baths at night

It was time to get back to our hotel as we were pretty tired. And ok… I admit. When we arrived, we ordered pizzas, attempted to watch a film (but my boyfriend was asleep after 20 minutes) so I switched it off, stayed up for a bit going through some pictures and said goodnight to our second day in Budapest.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Budapest or the places we visited.

Love,

K.

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Valentine’s weekend in Budapest

Hiyaa!

Can you believe it’s already March? Time is flying! How are you? Did you do anything special for yourself or for your loved one on Valentine’s Day?

This year I surprised my boyfriend with a trip to Budapest. I only told him at dinner the day before we were flying so we stayed up late packing and getting ready. I have been to Budapest a few years ago, but this time it was a very different experience for me. I don’t think you really take in and appreciate the beauty of the places you visit when you’re younger. This time it had a completely affect on me.

We flew out on Valentine’s Day (Thursday) and stayed until Sunday. It will be impossible to include everything I want to share with you in 1 post so I will divide it into days.

Here’s the breakdown of day 1 🙂

Our flight was slightly delayed so we arrived at Ferenc Liszt airport around 12.30pm. The flight was fine, but even so, I still had a little anxiety attack in the beginning. I hate that! Anyway, we landed in sunny Budapest and bought our 72 passes and an airport shuttle bus ticket. Be careful as the shuttle bus ticket from the airport doesn’t honour the 72h pass, but you can use any transport link when you’re in the city so it’s still worth the money!

We arrived at out hotel, but our room wasn’t quite ready yet so we decided to go and have some traditional Hungarian lunch. I did some research before we left and found a place called Matula Bistro. They serve traditional Hungarian food and they had very good reviews. We just about missed the lunch deal, but nevertheless the food was very affordable. My boyfriend ordered Goulash soup for a starter and a chef’s special for the main. There were a few vegetarian options and I decided to go for mushroom and cheese bites and a cucumber salad. I must say… my boyfriends food looked much better than mine. I don’t think the food I ordered was very traditional…

Try lemonade when you’re there! It’s nothing like the one you get in London (aka Sprite with lemon) it’s fresh and delicious!
Hungarian goulash soup
All the soups are served with bread just like in Poland 🙂
Cucumber salad – not my favourite! The cucumbers were drowning in vinegar.
The mushroom and cheese bites I ordered. The smaller ones on the top are made of potatoes.
Chef’s special with a huuuge plate of fries
Getting ready to eat all of the food

After lunch we went back to the hotel to unpack and rest a bit after the journey. Our hotel and room was beautiful! It was more like a studio as we had our own little kitchenette. When we unpacked and laid down on our king-size bed, we both passed out. We regretted that later on but it was very much needed! I pre-booked a night cruise down the Danube river so we got up just about on time for that. When we arrived, we sat down, we were given our drink of choice and enjoyed the view. It was breathtaking. Everything was wonderfully lit up and I couldn’t stop thinking how lucky people in Budapest are that they get to see this every day. We learned a bit about the history and managed to get a sense of where the things we wanted to visit were.

Wine – our drink of choice 🙂
View of the parliament from the Danube river

After the cruise, we decided to skip the bus/ metro and to walk back to the hotel. It was a bit chilly by then, but not too cold for the walk to be unpleasant. We popped into a shop on our way back to get some dinner and returned to our hotel.

This was the end of day one. Hope you enjoyed this. 🙂

K.

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