We have arrived at the best part of the trip! They always say, “save the best for last”, which is exactly what we did on this trip! it was actually an accident, and only ended up in Budapest as our final city because the flights were cheaper that way, but I am so happy it worked out like that! I hope, through what I write and my pictures, that you will see why Budapest was my favorite and you will make it a point to visit one day.
In case you missed it, here are the previous posts:
A VERY VERY VERY high note!
Budapest was my (our) favorite city of three, even though almost everyone said Prague would be our favorite. Of course, Prague and Vienna were beautiful and unique in their own ways, but Budapest was incredible.
Not only did it have the beauty, but it also had present-day LIFE that we didn´t really see in Prague nor Vienna. There was a really great mix of locals and tourists and the city was completely full of places to sit and relax. It had it all- history, museums, places to see, incredible restuarants, parks, nature, natural thermal pools, and MORE.
We were blown away by the number of pedestrian streets, as well as the beer gardens, food truck halls, and artsy feel to just about everything. Budapest is a city I would go back to, and given a choice of the three, it is the one I would choose to live.
From the ancient baths, to the beer gardens, to the Chain bridge connecting Buda and Pest, to the hundreds of unique and modern restuarants, Budapest has so much to offer. Here is what we did in two and a half days!
Arrived, found AirBnB, went food shopping so I could curb my meat and bread diet. Luckily, we got a great AirBnB that was RIGHT in the center of town. it was a new AirBnB, so we got it fairly cheap and the location couldn´t have been better. After food shopping, we went exploring!
First, we headed out of our AirBnB to see what was around with the ultimate goal of crossing the Chain Bridge and heading over to Buda (the smaller side).
According to Wikipedia, the Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Danube between Buda and Pest (the western and eastern sides of Budapest).
(MOM– I know I need a haircut in the above photo)
Much more my type of city. We meanedered through the city, which both felt “touristy”, but also like it had a lot of local life. Does that make sense?
The Buda Castle (historical castle and palace of Hungarian kings, first completed in 1265) sits at the top of Buda, and to get up there, you have the option to take a funicular (cable car) for 4 Euros or…. you can walk up.
We followed a few Mexican guys…
The views are worth it.
We walked around the Buda Castle grounds while arguing about whether or not it´s possible for Kim Kardashian to rent the Buda Castle for her wedding. What do you think? Leave your vote in the comments! The sunset was amazing from the other side, as well.
These burgers were too good.
Chicken patty, tsatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, purple slaw, and magic.
Beef burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, and sweet potato fries.
We took a stroll through town and then that was it! I fell asleep in love with Budapest!!