Budapest is on almost every Top 10 travel list. Unique culture, healing thermal baths, and outrageously intricate architecture. Budapest lives up to its high reputation. The Hungarian capital is really two cities Buda and Pest. It is separated by Europe’s second longest river the Danube. Buda and Pest are very different. Built on hills, Buda has the best panoramic views of the city. It is picturesque and full of elegant architecture (Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion). It looks down onto flat Pest, where business and the nightlife scene are the best of friends. The two parts are easily navigated by tram, metro or on foot.
The food was absolutely soulful. I was in carb heaven. Mouth-watering rich stews, spicy sauces, hearty soups, sausages, soft blissful breads. (best known for goulash) The ultimate comfort foods. & The quality hungarian brews and wines flowed like the Danube river.
The Hungarian art scene and culture is spirited and diverse. The city is packed with art galleries and museums, and almost always has a festival or event celebrating in its streets. Our days and nights were spent consumed by the city, and the never-ending activities it had to offer.
At the entrance to Varosliget Park, Heroes Square is grand in scale! Placed between two massive museums. A statue of the Arch Angel Gabriel sits on top of the square. You don’t realize how big and majestic the sculptures are until you are standing underneath them. Read up about this Square before visiting so you can appreciate the history surrounding you.
Anonymus Szobor sits in a perfect spot, located in the City Park among the Vajdahunyad castle. It is said that touching the pen will give writers good luck.
Gulyas (Goulash soup/Hungary’s traditional dish)
Gozsdu Udvar is located in the heart of the city, we found this fantastic hidden place near our hotel! This courtyard and passageway is without doubt the BEST area for great pub’s and restaurant’s in this wonderful city.
The New York Cafe is considered to be the most beautiful cafe in the world! It’s elegant, upscale and above all a place to indulge!
Margaret bridge connects Buda and Pest over the beautiful Danube river to Margaret Island. It is one of the oldest bridges with amazing design and stone work. The bridge looks magical from any angle you view it from.
Matthias church is located on top of castle hill. The intricate detail of the paneled roof is insanely cool.
Halaszbastya (Fisherman’s Bastion ) was one of our favorite spots. The architecture reminded me of the fortresses in The Lord Rings. From the top, spectacular views of Pest, the Danube and of the parliament building across the river. Absolutely a must see!
Parliament building is stunning, the sheer scale is breathtaking. Interesting historically & architecturally the Parliament was built-in a Neo-Gothic design. It has a great presence from many places in the city. These photographs were taken looking down from the Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle Hill. This is the most impressive Parliament building I’ve ever seen.
White wine, garlic, and tomato Mussels
Szimpla was recommended by a friend, and it ended up being one of my favorite bars ever, yes ever! It was fascinating. There is recycled sculpture art absolutely everywhere. The eclectic mixture of tunes, delicious drinks and hookah will not disappoint. Explore all the rooms, diverse crowd, and enjoy the laid back vibezzzz.
I had read about the “For Sale Pub,” years ago so I was excited and equally surprised when we accidentally stumbled upon it. I had completely forgotten that it was even in Budapest. The pub is cozy and filled with quirkiness. The ceilings and walls are covered in notes and messages, straw and peanut shells are strewn about on the floor. The local beer was delicious, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming.
Gellert Spa was a lovely experience, many thermal baths in rich decadent rooms. Gellert is filled with colorful mosaics and fountains. But the charm is in the relaxed atmosphere.
We love going to markets! The Central Market Hall was an amazing place with fresh produce, local preserves, meats, paprika and many other spices! Dine with the locals! The second floor is for tasting authentic meals of Hungary served in food stalls.
Budapest is a grand melting pot of different people, language, and culture! I hope you enjoyed my post, and have inspired you to plan your very own adventure to Budapest!