I’m speechless. The whole load of impressions. The whole load of beauty. Everything. Budapest is all what I never expected it to be and made me realize how important it is to see for yourself. This is all about the beautiful sister of Vienna and how it enchanted me and Christoph within 48h.
It was a very spontaneous idea. We just needed to get out of our daily routine for a weekend and thought about visiting Copenhagen, looked for a room in Rome and googled for nice restaurants in Berlin. But ended up in Budapest.
After a 4 1/2 drive all across the country side of Hungary and checking in at our hotel it was already dark. Hung(a)ry as always we headed out for a serious food finding mission but as a sightseeing addict I planned my way passed the Great Synagog (the biggest in Europe according to Lonely Planet) and by accident stumbled into a neighborhood were Budapest surprised me for the first time. The Jewish district. At first we went down one street – called Kazinczy utca – and saw a nice café where we thought “uh, this looks nice, we have to check it out tomorrow” but after walking down the alley we’ve already forgotten about the nice café because the farther we went into the district the more restaurants/café/bars popped up everywhere and it felt like there are hundreds of super nice, extremely stylish and chic restaurants which you would rather expect to find in Stockholm or London. We also came along super deliciously smelling street food markets which just opened for the party folks that wanna get a bite to eat before hitting the dance floors of the really chic (underground) clubs in the Jewish District. I could have walked these streets for hours but after super nice dinner (and a few Campari Orange 🙂 ) we decided to get some sleep so we can explore Budepest the next day fully recharged.
So we hopped out of the bed quite early for a Saturday and rushed off into the city. Making our way through the district we discovered the night before until we reached the Danube and strolled the waterfront till we stood in front of the impressive Széchenyi Lánchíd (Chain bridge). The view on the castle hill was amazing from the bridge and it somehow felt like walking the Brooklyn Bridge – just smaller but better. We reached the castle hill and decided to climb the hill ourselves because the queue for the (beautiful) historic funicular was way too long. So hiking it was 🙂
Up on the castle hill we had a great view over Budapest and for the first time I understood the way the city works. One side is Buda the other one is Pest. Two parts, two histories, two impressive monuments on either side of the Danube (parliament in Pest and the castle in Buda) , but now united as one amazing city. Awesome. We stood there for a very long time despite the icy wind – I still don’t know why Christoph and I always choose Winter as our city trip season?! Do you remember my trip to Prague? It was cold as hell as well! Anyway, After strolling around the Castle district we ended up at the Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion) and had the most stunning view of my favorite piece of architecture in Budapest – The Parliament.
We spent the rest of the day walking all the way back to our hood and explored almost everything of Budapest – the Inner City, the castle district, the jewish district and everything between. All in all we walked more than 10k!! So we had the next day to just enjoy the flair of Budapest – which we did by popping by every nice café that we passed by, sneaked in every shop we discovered and also made it up to the panorama platform of the St.Stephans Church for a magnificent view from quite another angle as the day before.
Sadly we had to say good bye to Budapest in the late afternoon but we promised ourselves that we have to come back soon – maybe in Spring – to get to know the city even better!
Have you ever been to Budapest? And if yes, how did you like it?