Budapest is the first place I have ever been abroad, seriously. A lot of people can’t believe that at 23 years old I have NEVER been outside of the UK. Due to this I’ve never been keen on the idea of flying but I coped surprisingly well with the journey, I was even slightly frustrated that I couldn’t finish watching The Hunger Games; Catching Fire before we started our decent.
Me and my partner arrived at our hotel around 7PM after a 2hr and 40min flight and aprox 30mins taxi ride. The hotel – Continental Zara; was beautiful, very grand and a little more posh than we tend to be used to! We spent very little time here though and we only had breakfast here on our first day as we were too full most mornings to stomach such a big meal, it was also on the slightly more pricey side – for Budapest anyway.
Instead we had breakfast out every other morning, usually stopping off at local cafes, my personal favourite being DXN Coffee. It was tasty and cheap! A great advantage for me is that they offer alternatives to milk with no extra charge as I’m currently trying to cut out diary (which was working great until this week!). They also offer a banana coffee frapp like drink which is divine! If you’re in the area I’d advise you check it out. (DXN Coffee – Trip Advisor)
To get around we actually decided to walk everywhere, the weather was nice and it meant we could get a real feel for the city. Orginally we had planned to buy a bus ticket each but at the end of the day we just didn’t see a point. The only time it may have been beneficial was when we visited the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens (this ended up being about a 45minute walk on one of the hottest days) Also, you do have to be wary while walking across roads!
Things to do
Budapest is filled with exciting things to do and gorgeous places to visit, one of my favorite places was Buda castle and there is so much to do while in the area; nice cafes, more sightseeing and some wonderful veiws. We stopped off for some lemonade in a lovely little cafe, very chilled and relaxing after a busy time sightseeing, the owner (well I believe her to be the owner) is so sweet! Worth a visit just to meet her, very welcoming. (Walzer Cafe – Trip Advisor)
There are many other places we visited; Budapest Zoo where we managed to spend a whole day, the market – unfortunatly did not get here till around mid day so was very busy! But we managed to pick up some nice little souverners to take home. Also make time to walk up to the Citadel, it’s quite a walk but the view is 100% worth the trek to get to the top.
Unfortunatly we didn’t make it to many of the bath houses or even step foot in the ruin bars, but I confess I am not a big drinker and don’t feel too downhearted about missing out on those. The city is a beautiful one and if you’re debating taking a trip I would highly recommend it!