Budapest was the final stop of our ‘mini inter-railing’ trip over Christmas.
There is so much to do in Budapest. From relaxing in the famous thermal baths to ice skating at the City Park this city is a very affordable, fun getaway.
On our first day it was snowing in Budapest however we have been so lucky with the weather since then, it’s been cold but gloriously sunny.
We stayed in a lovely, cosy Airbnb just off Horansky street which was a super central location in fact we walked absolutely everywhere!! Budapest is a beautiful city to walk around and there are plenty of trams that are very easily accessible if you want to give the legs a rest!!
Things to do:
There are many different thermal baths you can go to but we decided to go the Szechenyi baths (probably the most famous one) which cost €16.50 for a weekday ticket. We booked them online in advance so we wouldn’t have to queue. We went on a Thursday afternoon and luckily it wasn’t too busy. You can rent towels (300hf) and robes (7500 hf) there and your ticket includes a locker as well. It was -3 degrees Celsius outside when we were there so the hot baths were an absolute treat and it was such a cool experience would highly recommend it!
Ice skating in the City Park is also a must this time of the year. The rink is huge and both young and old come together on the ice. The cost is 2500hf each for a student rental including admission and skates and you could stay for as long as you wanted. There is also a coffee shop there if you wanted to take a break in between skating.
The views from Buda Castle over the Pest side of the city are beautiful especially the Hungarian Parliament. After walking across the Chain Bridge you can either walk (5mins) or get a tram up to the castle (1200 hf one way, bit of a rip off!). We went up for sunset and it was so worth it, despite the freezing temperature! There’s and art gallery inside and a nice café too which was perfect for a tasty hot chocolate to warm us up.
Other top Sites:
- Walk around the City Park
- Stephan’s Basilica is a beautiful church where there is a relic of St. Stephan’s hand
- The Chain Bridge
- The Hungarian Parliament – so picturesque
- Fisherman’s Bastion
Being students on a budget holiday we cooked for ourselves and eaten in most nights which thankfully our Airbnb allowed us to do so. However we did have 2 delicious really affordable meals out in the city while we were here. The staff were so friendly and helpful and the food was top notch, make sure to check them out:
- Bellozzo – great Italian pizza, pasta and salads
- Megallo Bistro – from burgers to street food, salads or your classic chicken kiev, this place is so good and very affordable, also a nice place for drinks!
Luckily when we were in Budapest some of the Christmas markets were still on, and we got a delicious fresh Langos which is a traditional Hungarian dish, consisting of deep fried flatbread with different toppings, we had goulash, sour cream and cheese! With a glasss of blueberry mulled wine it was delicious!
Hope you enjoy!