Before I went to Budapest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect …
Most people a bit puzzled as to why we would want to go there, why not !
Nobody prepared me for how beautiful Budapest is . The capital of Hungary seems to have been looked over by European tourism as a worthy destination to visit. Budapest has so much to offer travellers, it was ridiculously cheap, a city with so much history and it is just so beautiful to look at. Budapest is one of the most , if not the, most underrated city in Europe ! But if your still not convinced, here are my top things to do in beautiful Budapest!
1. Chain Bridge
This was built in the 1800s to connect Buda and Pest. At one point it was the largest suspension bridge in Europe. It is certainly the most charming of the cities bridges. The view it boasts is one that need to be seen , a photograph just does not do it justice ! Even more beautiful at night when lit by thousand of fairy lights, illuminating across the River Danube. A nice mix of the old and the new.
2. Shoes on the Danube memorial
This was in incredibly moving experience. Yes,I cried. It would be hard not to. Around 40 different pairs of iron shoes can be found scattered along the waters edge. Men , women and children’s shoes, representing where the Jewish people were lined up , ordered to take off their shoes and then shot in to the Danube River. A cruel reminder of the world of the past. The real tear jerker for me was a boot , stood alone, with a single dropping red tulip hanging out of it as tribute. It was a very somber atmosphere.
3. Hungarian Parliament Building
The beautiful and unique architecture can be seen from Buda on the river side . It also boasts a beautiful view over the River Danube, try to catch it during sunset, what a spectacular view. The performances of the guards is also very special to watch.
4. Take the funicular
This was a crazy experience, in a little tram carriage , literally travelling vertically up a hill with a very steep gradient. When you see the amount of stets to reach the top you’ll decide to take the funicular too ! Not just for the lazy side of me but the view on the way up was spectacular !
The views from the top were spectacular. It was a windy day , I nearly got blown off, but it was so worth it to. I literally stood for ages just soaking in the view. It boasted beautiful, narrow, cobbled streets and a lovely atmosphere. I , of course, had to do a jumping shot, mainly to warm me up.
The most surreal experience that I just had to try. I’m more of a dog person! I just couldn’t fathom cats just casually jumping up on you while you have a … Wait for it … CATACHINO hahahah
7. Walk along the River Danube
The Danube river is what separate Buda and pest ! It offers a relaxed stroll to really appreciate the lights of Budapest by night.
Numpty here forgot her bikini bottoms so we trailed around Budapest for an hour on the hunt for a swimming costume, leaving us not enough time to visit the famous szechenyi baths! But in a way I’m kind of glad. We mapped the nearest baths to us and ended up at the Rudas baths in a rooftop thermal hot tub! What. A. View.
Have you ever visited Budapest ? What were your favourite things to do and see ?
Look out for my blog posts about my hotel in Budapest, cat cafe and the Rudas baths !