I recently visited Budapest for the very first time and loved everything, from the incredible architecture to the delicious food. This blog contains everything that I manged to do during my 48 hours in Hungary’s Capital, plus a list of things to do next time.
Things to know before you go
- The local language is of course Hungarian, although many people in the capital speak good English.
- Local currency is Hungarian Forint.
- The airport is around 30 minutes away from the city centre.
Flights can vary in price a lot for Budapest some flights can be £40 and others £130, from my experience I found London seemed to be the cheapest to fly from. In particular Luton Airport, I discovered flights that were £25 each way, absolute bargain. I flew out from Liverpool and returned to Manchester, the flights cost me around £60 each, if you can get a similar price you have done well.
I booked my accommodation through Airbnb, in a beautiful, secure small apartment located on the Pest side of the city, with easy access to everything. On Airbnb you will find plenty of decent small apartments costing around £15 to £25 per night, which is excellent value for money. If you are looking for something more luxurious this can cost £50+ per night. I found hotels to be very expensive, something to note if you want to keep accommodation costs down.
Local Food you should try.
I tried two local specialties during my 2 day visit, one which is known as a Langos, this is a fried dough with various different toppings, I had sour cream and cheese on my Langos. I had this for lunch on both days, one Langos will easily feed two people and can be found in many places around the city. The second local food I tried was a Chimney cake, this is dough cooked in the shape of a chimney that can be covered in many different flavours and toppings I had cinnamon and sugar, Perfect to satisfy that sweet craving.
What should you do?
This building sits proudly on the Danube river banking and looks stunning from all angles. There is a museum you can access via the staircase pictured below that explains the events of what is known as Bloody Thursday, this was a tragic event that happened here back in 1956.
Castle District can be found on the Buda side of the city, it’s home to the famous Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias church and the Buda Castle along with many more things to see.
Built overlooking the Danube and surrounding the Matthias Church, this landmark provides breathtaking views over to the pest side of the city. (My favourite part of Budapest). This area can be crowded as everyone fights for space to take a photo. However located up some steps which you can access for around £3, you will find an almost empty section, a perfect opportunity to get those glamorous Instagram shots.
Positioned in front of the Fisherman’s bastion. This church is arguably the most unique in Europe, during the Turkish invasion it was even used as a Mosque. Tours are available that allow you access to the top of the bell tower, something I didn’t manage to do, however would like to next time.
See the city from a whole new perspective via the Budapest eye, as it spins you 65 metres into the sky. This can be done day or night as it remains open until 11pm, this will cost around £9. Surrounding the eye is plenty of outdoor bars and a small park, great for those sunny days.
Gaze up at the beautiful building as it towers over you, positioned in a square filled with several restaurants and cafes. If you are in this area and fancy a snack, check out a Donut shop called, The Box. These were honestly the best donuts I have ever eaten in my entire life.
Positioned at the top of Gellert hill. This area offers incredible panoramic views of the entire city. Hang around to see the sunset and watch as this spectacular city lights up the night sky.
Just a short bus ride from the city centre, this square is situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Art (Kunsthalle). The square is filled with statues and monuments of Kings and Freedom fighters, plus there is a cool Budapest sign. Within just a short walk, you can discover the Vajdahunyad castle with its beautiful gardens, with a lake surrounding the castle, you can choose from several outdoor activities such as renting a paddle boat. Lastly this section of Budapest is where you will find the Zoo, takes around 3 hours to complete, a perfect activity to fill a morning or an afternoon and costs around £9.
Things I would like to do next time
As with most holidays and city breaks we usually leave saying “oh we should have done this” I certainly left Budapest thinking this. With so much to do in the Hungarian capital I’d say it’s near impossible to do everything in just a couple of days. I will be returning some time soon and this is a list of things I would like to do next time.
- Immerse myself in the famous Baths.
- Eat Goulash.
- Take a ride on the Budapest eye.
- Enjoy a calm evening cruise on the Danube river.
- Discover the inside of the Matthias Church.
- Revisit the Fisherman’s Bastion (I loved it that much).
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