Travel Tuesday: 3 things you must do in Budapest

IMG_7834

The iconic Hungarian parliament building

It feels kind of naughty blogging retrospectively about my travels, especially because this trip happened all the way back in 2011… But everything mentioned in this post is still up to date and relevant (according to the Internet), I promise! I went to Budapest with my friend Sophie when we were living in Austria, just before starting our winter semester at the University of Vienna. After one short train ride we arrived in Hungary for a long weekend. You’ve got to love Europe in that regard. These 3 things are what I enjoyed most about our short sojourn.

Watch the sunset from the Danube Promenade 

I’m a fan of most sunsets anywhere, but the Hungarians really know how to light up their beautiful buildings and bridges. Standing on the Pest side of the Danube, you get amazing views of Buda Castle, Matthias Church and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.

IMG_7848

Buda Castle

If you get a nice clear evening like we did, the colours of the sky and their reflection on the water are really beautiful.

IMG_7850

The Chain Bridge, built in 1849

As the darkness falls the skyline really lights up, excuse the pun.

IMG_7858

IMG_7866

Shoes on the Danube Bank

The Shoes on the Danube Bank are a memorial to the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank. Pretty moving.

IMG_7870

The Hungarian Parliament at night

Visit a thermal spa

IMG_7927

There are about 15 different public thermal baths around Budapest. We went to Széchenyi Baths in City Park. I have no idea what the actual health benefits of thermal baths are… It really just seemed like a warm pool, but it was really beautiful.

IMG_7925

And quite popular amongst Budapest’s older citizens.

budapest thermal bath clientele

You know the rule: the older the man, the smaller the bathers

IMG_7934

Sophie and I

IMG_7944

Fancy!

Eat at Szeraj

I’m all for trying the local food, and honestly Soph and I did give Hungarian food a go. We found a small restaurant and had some kind of lukewarm lentil soup with a miscellaneous deep fried accompaniment (there were no English menus or English speaking staff) and it was ok.

Buuuuut, right across from where we were staying (The Groove Hostel) was a fantastic Turkish diner called Szeraj. I think we ate there 3 times. It was some of the most delicious felafel I’d ever had. Here’s a really bad photo:

IMG_7994

My food photography skills have really improved since 2011

We ate so much felafel there and decided it was the training for our NYE trip to Turkey, which is funny because once we got to Turkey we couldn’t find felafel ANYWHERE. Turns out it’s more of a Middle Eastern thing. Shame.

IMG_7995

I wish I had this right now

They also had delicious baklava and other desserts.

IMG_7997

A really unfortunate photo of chocolate baklava

Such a lovely little trip. Have you been to Budapest?

IMG_7984

Checking out the graffiti in Buda

IMG_7986

The famous lions on the Chain Bridge

This entry was posted in Travel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Travel Tuesday: 3 things you must do in Budapest

  1. Le fanciulle says:

    Seriously lolworthy piece of baklava!!!!!!! I feel so juvenile admitting that I exploded with laughter at your caption. I bet it was delicious though.
    Steph

    • Bec says:

      Hahaha someone just told me they thought it looked disgusting, like a ‘sausage roll covered in gravy’. I was like really? THAT’S what you saw?!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s