Budapest was the best. And I am not only saying that because it rhymes.
It was probably my favourite new city that I visited in 2014. It’s been on the wish list for a while but I haven’t gotten around to checking it out. I’d kind of been saving it for the right time and the right company.
A group of friends from Canada and I decided to meet up in Budapest for a long weekend. Even though it was the middle of October, we were blessed the most stunning summer-like weather. I actually spent some time getting my tan on!
So here are some quick reasons why Budapest is so awesome: 1) It has every single type of architecture you may be into – baroque, neoclassical, Secessionist – you name it! 2) It is two cities in one, split by the mighty Danube in the middle 3) The city has a rich history and you don’t have to dig deep to see it 4) The thermal baths 5) Ain’t no night out like the parties in Budapest’s ruin bars.
To get orientated to the city, I would highly recommend the free walking tour. Our tour guide – Sara – has got to the best tour guide I have ever gotten on any walking tour in the world. And trust me, I have been on my fair share of those. She gave us a passionate briefing of Hungarian history and told us about the ins and outs of modern-day Budapest. We started off in the plain east side of ‘Pest’ and then crossed the chain bridge over the hills of ‘Buda’.
The second day we had the option of checking out one of my many other aspects of Budapest in detail. We debated between the communist history tour and the Jewish quarter tour and settled for the latter. Since we were staying in the Jewish quarter, explored that area quite a bit, but it was nice to get a historic look into as well via the tour.
One of my favourite spots in the Jewish quarter (perhaps Budapest in general) was a ruin bar called Szimpla Kert. A bumping party hub by night and a colourful community space by day. The Sunday farmers market was an especial joy to check out.
Budapest is also known for its bathhouses, courtesy of the Turkish influence. Szechenyi Baths are arguably the most popular, decadent and enjoyable out of the bunch (that being said, we only went to one of the many baths).
Safe to say more Budapest is in the plans for 2015. There is so still so much to explore and see in this amazing city and three days just weren’t enough.