Budapest is an enchanting and eclectic city, filled with ruin bars and gorgeous architecture. It holds friendly, laid-back vibes everywhere you go, making it a delightful place to visit.
I spent 3 days in this wonderful city and visited some of the most amazing attractions, whilst learning about the Hungarian culture and its history.
My first day in Budapest was spent exploring Fisherman’s Bastion – a panoramic viewing terrace which holds intricate detail.
Here you are able to see sprawling views of the city, which are absolutely amazing.
The sight was incredible, however the sub-zero temperature made it incredibly difficult to stand outside, and so I made a quick trip to the Szechenyi Baths to warm up.
The baths are filled with hot spring waters, making it the perfect place to come and relax.
There are 15 different pools located here, both indoor and outdoor, and hot and cool. If you happen to visit Budapest in the winter then definitely visit the outdoor pool as the water is incredibly hot!
My second day in the city was spent wandering the streets of Budapest.
I visited the Citadella which is located on the top of Gellért Hill. The 20 minute trek up the hill reveals striking views of the city, something that’s not to be missed.
Just below that is the Danube River, which holds a memorial named, The Shoes on the Danube Bank. The monument consists of 60 pairs of 1940’s-style shoes, which are true to life size and sculpted out of iron.
The memorial depicts the thousands of shoes that were left behind during the holocaust – a tribute that is simple yet chilling.
My final day in Budapest was spent visiting the Hungarian Parliament building. This striking building contains beautiful architecture and you can easily spend hours here wandering the complex.
My last evening was spent checking out Budapest’s famous ruin bars.
These unique bars are built in the ruins of abandoned shops and buildings, most of which look normal from the outside. However, once you enter the inner courtyard, you find yourself in the middle of a hip and funky bar which is bustling with crowds either dancing or enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.
Szimpla Kert is the original ruin bar and is definitely worth checking out.
Find out more about Budapest here.