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Beautiful Budapest

By on October 24, 2017

Budapest!!! The unique and historic Hungarian city that is a must on everyone’s travel bucket list. This Eastern European city is beautiful, lively, cheap and often referred to as ‘Paris of the East’…what’s not to love! The perfect destination for a weekend getaway.

Buda and Pest were once two separate cities, then they merged together making ‘Budapest’. Buda offers sweeping panoramas and stunning views from the hills with the contrasting Pest offering the buzz city lifestyle. When Buda sleeps, Pest wakes up! I recommend staying in the ‘Pest’ side of the Danube river as it is more lively, full of an array of bars, restaurants, spa baths and the best nightlife. (check out the fabulous apartment we stayed in here – such a great location.)

 

My top 5 things to do in Budapest…

1. Széchenyi Baths

The Széchenyi Spa Baths are a must see any time of the year. In winter they will keep you warm and in summer they will keep you cool. Daytime baths are a great way to chill from the hustle and bustle of city life. However, if you fancy the combination of the spa and a party then I introduce you to…… the SPARTY! Every Saturday in summer, the outside spa baths are transformed from relaxing day baths to well-known DJs playing electro, techno, rave and trance with laser visual effects from 10.30pm – 3am!! If you like partying this is the best thing in Budapest for you to do!  The tickets are priced from €45 depending on what package you want. Drink tokens are loaded onto a card which you can top up throughout the night if necessary. The drink is reasonably priced; the local Hungarian Beer and cocktails are greatttt. You will be FREEZING getting out of the thermal spa but the cool summer nights and the baths are so hot – it is a perfect combo!! (The alcohol will warm you up although you might not even feel the cold at all  ) Check it out here.

*Top tip – be careful with taxis back as they like to charge whatever they want! Take note of what you paid from your accommodation to the baths and haggle as much as you can or, you will be ripped off.*

 2. Ruin Bars

These cool bars are uniquely setup in the ruins of abandoned buildings in the Jewish Quarter after the neighbourhood was left to decay after World War II. The mecca of all ruin bars in ‘Szimpla Kert’, it is hip and artsy with a cool and laid back vibe! Drinks are cheap and the shisha is good (grapefruit is yum!). With outside bars and seating filled with flea market furniture and cool art, it is a historic concept mixed with a funky feeling. Each room is different – my fave is the retro TV room, old TVs from 70’s-90’s playing random shows! To make the bar even more quirky, they sell carrots. Yes, freshly peeled carrots in a jar of water! I asked the bartender why do they sell these – “it is Szimpla Kert tradition!”.

 

   

3. Jubileumi Park

If you want a panoramic view of Budapest, this is the perfect spot. The views are amazing from here where you can see the two once separate cities separated by the Danube River. 

 

 

4. Castle Hill

Walking along the cobbled streets of Castle Hill is on the Buda side of Budapest, make sure to visit Trinity Square, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion giving the best view over the whole city. I took in these amazing views at sunrise (we jumped in a cab straight from the club to Castle Hill!!) this is such a good idea as there is hardly anyone around so the view is unspoiled, you have it all to yourself! A great way to start the day.

 

5. 360 Rooftop bar 

Magical 360 views of Budapest, reasonably priced cocktails, DJ, live music and the perfect place to watch the sunset behind the city. I LOVED this place. Such a chilled vibe, it was perfect for the Sunday sesh (especially after the Sparty the night before!). I would definitely recommend going for a drink in the Spring/Summer months to make the most of the great weather.

 

 

Thanks for reading Follow Every Heartbeat!!

Shannon x

 

 

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