I have 3 tips for Budapest:
1) Go to Budapest immediately!
2) Throw away “Rejsen går til Budapest” and read my tips!
3) Go to Budapest immediately!
I really love Budapest! And I really hate “Turen går til Budapest”. I have therefore collected my tips for Budapest. Here’s my travelogue:
Wednesday: We took a taxi to the hotel. It’s really easy to take a taxi in Hungary as there are fixed prices. There is a shop in the airport, where you book a taxi. You get a piece of paper with the address and the price, which you give to your driver. This way there are no illegal taxies. We stayed at Boutique Hotel Zara. It modern and new, and the staff was very friendly. The breakfast was continental. It gets very busy, so try early or late. The hotel is located in the very center of the city.
After check-in we walked at Vaci utca to Gerbeaud to get some pastry. It was very nice, and reminds you of the coffeehouses in Vienna.
After the sugar rush we took a stroll by the Danube. We ate dinner at Café Vendiak on Egyetem tér 5, a mixed platter of Hungarian dishes. It’s was a very lovely café, and it was a nice place to take an evening stroll. We finished the evening with pastries by the Danube.
Thursday: We walked to Vörösmarty tér, and took metro line 1 (metro from 1895) to the Szetchenyi-bath, a famous bath in a yellow baroque palace. Women and men are allowed to bathe together in this bath. It was a hot day, so it was very nice to cool down in the water. The baths indoor is modelled after the romans and have a frigidarium, tepidarium and kaldarium, while the outdoor baths have a hot tub, a regular bassin and fun bath.
Afterwards we went to the jewish quarter and visited Dohany Utcai Zsinagóga. On our way to the hotel we visited Café Charlotte for ice cream. The café is pink and girly with ice creams and cakes. Read about it here. After a short break at the hotel we went to the markets, and then crossed The Freedom Bridge from 1896 (Szabadság híd),
and visited hotel Gellert with live piano music. We lokked at the famous Gellert bath,
We went up to The Cave Church, which was nice but very religious.
From there we walked to the Danube and crossed Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet híd, 1897-1903) and continued to Vaci Utca. We ate dinner at restaurant Jules Verne, a tourist trap! The interior is inspired by Nautilus.
Friday: The day began with a visit to Saint Stephen’s basilika (Szent István-bazilika). Then we took a hop-on, hop-off bus (we choose the blue ones, I recommend the green) to the castle. We visited the Matthias Church (Mátyás-templom) – it’s very beautifully decorated.
We ate lunch at 21, a bib gourmand restaurant. It’s modern Hungarian food, and t was very good. Then we went to the Fisherman’s Bastion og the castle (the one from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).Then we took the bus to the Freedom Monunent.
We took the bus back to Pest and ate a sandwich at Szamos Gourmet Palace, a delicious café and chocolatier anno 1935! Go inside and look at how they prepare the chocolate. It’s the original facilities. We did a bit of shopping on our way back to the hotel as the shops close at 9 or 10 pm.
Saturday: We wanted to see the Parliament, but the queue was huge.
Instead we went to Andressey. We had lunch at Octogon, a square on Andressey. We walked to Heroes’ square (Hősök tere), an impressive sqare, which reminds me of Cathedral Sqaure (Katedros aikštė) in Vilnius. On both sides of the square is an impressive building: Műcsarnok, known as Palace of Arts, and Szépművészeti Múzeum, the art museum, with a copy of the tympanon from the Zeus Temple in Olympia.
After that we went to New York Café, the most beautiful café in the world! So far I agree!
It’s a must when you visit Budapest! I tried the signature cake: it’s chocolate with chocolate dipped in chocolate with cherries – every woman’s dream 😉
We waddled to Kiraly utca, and saw Bodies 2 at VAM, a design museum. Then we visited the tourist office. We dinned at Karpatia – worth a visit. Beautiful historic interior, nice service and great food!
Sunday: We began the day by looking at the small streets by the Danube before jumping on the ferry to Margeret Island. It’s a big park with restaurants, water park and playgrounds near the city.
We returned at 13.15 and jumped on the metro to Westend shoppingcenter, a mall with 400 shops.
After shopping we ate at Café Leroy, yum! We returned to the city center and got kürtöskalács at Molnar’s Kürtöskalács. It is a Hungarian speciality, a kind of sweet bread shaped a tower with different sprinkles. Cinnamon is the most common. Very nice!
Monday: We took the tram to Óbuda, the old Buda,
and saw the ruins of Aquina, den roman city. We saw an amphitheater, and there is almost no tourist here.
We had lunch at Trofea Grill in Obuda (Laktanya utca 3-5). There is a lot of locals and it’s cheap and cheerful.
It was very boring. After that we walked through Vaci Utca to Kiralyi M. utca in search of Coffeeheaven. It was closed but we found a small shop with hand made toys. Instead we ate kürtöskalács again.
Thuesday: We went to The House og terror (Terror haza). It was a nice and interesseting museum, but there was almost no text in English, and I do not know a lot of Hungarian!
We ate lunch at Trofea Kiraly. In the afternoon we dipped our toes in the water at Erzsébet tér with the locals.
We went shopping at Fashion street and Vaci utca before dining at Café Pertu. We then returned to the hotel and packed before getting coffee at Café Charlotte. We got cocktails at a near by bar.
Wednedsday: Home 😦