3 Days in Budapest
I left Monday, April 25 with Wizz Air (a low cost airline that I liked a lot, with new and comfortable aircraft much more than, for example, Ryanair) and I then returned to Barcelona on Friday morning, so I had three full days, which are more than enough to see well Budapest. The city is very beautiful and has affected me so much from all points of view. The history, the monuments, the Danube, the hills, the food. The kitchen is not articulated but good and Hungarians love sweets, so it is full of cafes, each with its typical cakes. Special are ruins pub, meeting point in the evening… Here is my photo-diary of the trip!
What to see in Budapest
Map in hand, my boyfriend and I started visiting Budapest. From our hotel (stay tuned ’cause I’m about to speak about it below) we walked for a few minutes and reached the Chain Bridge, cross it and then found the entrance of the funicular leading up to the Royal Palace.
From there you can see all of Budapest from above and it is very impressive. I spent several minutes there, motionless, enjoying the view and a foretaste of what that soon I was going to visit more closely!
Then we went to the Church of Matthias Corvinus, very special because the roof made by colorful pottery, and the Fishermen’s Bastion.
At this point we got off the hill walking for a path (Budapest is small and turns comodamene walk) until we found ourselves in front of the Parliament, just across the river.
Then we crossed again the Bridge Of Chains and went by the Parliament of the side to see it up close. It is really impressive, with beautiful flower beds.
In the afternoon we took the Tram 2, which is the typical old tram in the city and makes a beautiful scenic ride (super recommended!). Then we walked around the downtown area where there are shops. In the evening we went around the Ruin Pubs, one of the most typical and beautiful things of Budapest! People gather here to talk and drink both indoors and outdoors. They are always full, even on a week night, but we found one where there was a singer who was holding a live concert!
Our second day in town it was pouring rain, so we decided to go visit only indoor venues. First a walk to the Central Market. Then a relaxing afternoon at the spa.
We went to the Gellért baths: I recommend them because they are beautiful and it seemed to bathe in a cathedral. From the picture you can not see, but as I also said on Snapchat (@lauracomolli) they did not convince me much that they were too full of people. But in the end I jumped!
In the evening we went to see the city lit up at night. I think this was one of the things I liked best because Budapest has some beautiful lights at night!
The third and last day we went back to visit the places that the day before, in the rain, we could not fully appreciate. First the Synagogue and then St. Stephen’s Cathedral. In the latter we entered: inside it is gorgeous, all golden and decorated by beautiful frescoes.
Then we went to the Heroes’ Square and we also passed the House of Terror Museum (where the communists prisoners were held and tortured): if you dare, a visit is recommended to see up close what communism was in these places.
Also in that area we saw Hungarian State Opera House. We then returned to the Parliament, which was the place that we liked the most, and nearby we saw the Shoes On The Banks of the Danube Monument, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust.
In the afternoon we went back to see the city from up the hills!
In the evening we took a ride on the Promenade that runs along the Danube and we went to see Budapest illuminated from below, perhaps even more beautiful than from above!
Where to stay in Budapest
1. Kempinski Corvinus Hotel
Upon our arrival we were greeted with a traditional cake to welcome chocolate!
This was the breakfast situation!
Look how cute the bar inside the Hotel that at evening open to the public (typical of most hotels outside Italy)!
They also have the SPA, gym and rentable kitchens to make business lunches.
2. Hotel Palazzo Zichy
Another highly recommended hotel, the east side of the Danube.
Where to eat in Budapest
1. Magyar Vendeglò.
On the hill, near the Royal Palace. It has a beautiful outdoor area with wooden tables and also give you a wool blanket to keep you warm. Try the agnolotti with duck.
The typical dessert of this pastry, among the oldest in Budapest, is the Zserbó: chocolate, nuts and jam.
3. Nella via Gozsdu Udvar ci sono tanti locali dove mangiare, noi abbiamo scelto lo Spiler.
Abbiamo iniziato cena con la Palinka, tipico shottino di grappa con cui qui si iniziano i pasti in Ungheria.
4. Ruin Pub.
The most characteristic pub of the city, where you can drink, but you can also eat! I have seen many and they are all beautiful, the most is certainly the Szimpla Kert not to be missed for the location and how it is furnished!
A French pastry shop in the heart of Budapest, ideal place for a sweet snack break.
On the hill: a wooden restaurant, really typical, where I ate really well. I ordered duck with pumpkin puree, walnuts and pears, while Manu had goulash.
7. Vintage Garden.
Cute spot, vintage-style, ideal for a drink or for something to eat.
8. J Press.
Last day in town: bruschetta! (Lack of Italian food?! Judge for yourself!)
A special thanks to my friend Adriana and her boyfriend Soma for being the perfect guides for this wonderful holiday!
See you tomorrow with a new outfit post… Happy Wednesday!
MY TRAVEL GUIDES