Back in September I discovered that the best way to beat the post-holiday blues is to book a little break after your holiday so you have something to look forward to when you return to reality, and that is exactly how I managed to spend a long weekend in Budapest. There is so much to do in this beautiful city from boat tours to checking out the amazing architecture to relaxing in one of the many spas. Here is what I got up to during my 3 day trip.
I flew from London Luton to Budapest directly with Wizz Air for around £100 return. I booked a small hand luggage only ticket, which basically means you can only take a small backpack or shoulder bag with you. Luckily it was very warm in Budapest so I only took light summer clothing items, which were light fitted easily in my Accessorize tote bag.
My flight landed at around 5.30pm and I was meeting a few friends who had flown in from a different airport. We successfully managed to rendezvous in arrivals and then caught a bus and then a train to the city centre where we were staying. By the time we arrived at our apartment it was getting quite late so we headed out to pretty much the first restaurant we could see. As always I tried to order something typical of the country I am in, so I went for Hungarian beef in red wine sauce and dumplings, which was delicious.
After breakfast we went out to the the city’s sights by foot. After walking down to the Danube river we crossed over to Buda and went up to Citadella for some fabulous views of the river and city. The walk up did take quite a while, but the views at the top are well worth it. If you aren’t up for a big walk you could just go as far as the Szent Gellert Monument, which isn’t quite as high, but is still high enough for an impressive view and some great photo opportunities.
After a quick lunch stop at the “Anna Cafe” – great name – we purchased some hop on hop off bus tickets, which come with a free boat tour. We decided to save the bus for the next day and do the boat trip this afternoon because we were quite tired from our trek up the Gellert hill. The boat tour was wonderful and we got a great close up view of the Houses of Parliament, which are a truly impressive piece of architecture and is the second largest parliament building in Europe – after London.
Once we were back on dry land we went back to the apartment for a little rest. Then once it was dark we went back down to the Danube to see the river lit up in all its glory. This is definitely a must do, as all the buildings and bridges looked pretty spectacular. We then went to get some dinner – this time I had seafood – and at this point it was pretty late so we went to head back to our apartment, we sadly missed the last metro and so had to walk back, which wasn’t actually as far as we first thought… thankfully.
Today we were on a mission to see as much of Budapest as we could and that only means one thing… the hop on and hop off bus tour. Once we had whirled around the city on an open top bus we headed off to see just why Budapest is known as the city of baths. The bath that we opted for was Szechenyi Thermal Bath, which is probably the most well known, it was set in a beautiful traditional building and had an indoor and an outdoor section. Inside there were various small pools at different temperatures, one was even 18 degrees! Needless to say we settled for a warmer one and relaxed for a good hour or so, before jumping into the large outdoor pool and then finally heading back to our apartment.