Long gone are the days when Budapest was a hidden treasure in Eastern Europe – Art Nouveau architecture, eclectic nightlife and epic baths combine to make Budapest a stunning destination travellers flock to from all over the globe.
I arrived to Budapest with my friend in the darkness of the night. We roamed around the inner-city area searching for our hostel when we finally found our place. Our friendly Australian ex-pat hostel owner commanded us instantly to “Dump your bags, mate, I’m taking you to the ruin bars.” And on that bombshell we visited the romkocsmas (ruin pub) and began our whirlwind tour of the enigmatic city.
Szimpla, the first romkocsma in Budapest is a stunning must visit bar that you must visit if you’re participating in the cities indulgent nightlife. Filled with nooks of graffiti and other bizarre entities, Szimpla embodies everything Budapest nightlife has to offer – charm, charisma and Pálinka.
After a night of revelry, there’s only one thing to do in Budapest, soak in one of the many baths dotted around the city.
The two iconic spas are the Gellèrt and Széchenyi Thermal Bath should be on your to-do list when visiting Budapest. The latter can be found in City Park, founded 1913 in neo-baroque style. You can admire the lavish orange exterior, whilst lapping up the sunrays musing at the animated locals playing chess in the water. They are the quintessential Budapest attraction you must experience.
If you’re a culture vulture, like myself… A day on the other side of the river at Buda is a must. Where you can visit Castle Hill – a culmination of the cities cultural sights. The Royal Palace, Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion showcase the gothic architecture of Budapest. All situated on the hill overlooking Pest, giving you panoramic views over the city.
What is better way of unwinding after a long day of being tourist, than being at the head of a jäger train, heading straight towards your mouth?
Grandio Party hostel was the second hostel my friend and I decided to stay (survive) in and epitomised the party spirit of the city, offering us a truly memorable stay. I would highly recommend. If you’re that way inclined, that is.
Baths, bars, and beautiful architecture – Budapest has it all to offer and no longer goes unnoticed. Budapest welcomes you with open arms to visit Hungary and embrace it, the way it will undoubtedly entrap you with it’s tremendous charm.
Budapest had charmed me. It welcomed us with open arms, tempted us in and entrapped us with its tremendous charm.