|Széchenyi Chain Bridge|
Welcome back to my blog everyone! I've been away for a month now and I've been super busy with life but I've decided to start a new weekly series to get me back into blogger mode - The new weekly series is called called "6 Reasons To Visit" and this weeks destination is Budapest! I went to Budapest back in May for four days (I'll be posting about it within the next month) and I had such an amazing time. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen some of my amazing pictures of the extremely beautiful country.
|Memorial - Shoes on the river Danube|
As I said before Budapest is a beautiful city and has a lot going for it, there are far more than just 6 reasons to visit Budapest or Hungary for that matter but the reasons below are the reasons I fell in love with the city.
1) The Architecture
|View of the Hungarian Parliament Building from our river Danube cruise|
2) The Ruin Pubs
Wow, just wow! I've gone all around Europe to party islands, drinking all night for days on end at some of the world's most popular clubs/bars but none of them clubs/bars compare to the ruin pubs in Budapest. So I'll be honest, for us (people who LOVE R&B) the music wasn't amazing but for people who are more open to listening to music you've never heard before and older music (i.e Eminem - Please Stand Up: Released 2000) then the ruin bars are for you. There are 100s of ruin bar in Budapest but due to having a voucher and being recommended we went to "Instant". Instant has 26 rooms, 7 bars, 2 gardens and 7 stages and according to their website they're the biggest Ruin Pub in the heart of the city.
Everything about Budapest is cheap, from food and drinks to cabs and travel. We got three cabs whilst in Budapest (for quickness, and because the bus didn't go to one of the places) and in total it cost us around £7 for all three cabs using Uber*, as you may know Uber costs £5 minimum here in the UK so this was amazing! Almost all museums do a discount for EU citizens under the age of 26 (rather than a student discount) and it is normally half price. We also got a coupon booklet that gave us free shots at pubs, discount at the baths, discount at restaurants and much more. Eating out in Budapest is so cheap it's scary! Although I wouldn't rate the restaurant we visited ( I had to write a negative TripAdvisor) it worked out that we paid £5 something for an all-you-can-eat buffet and a drink, you can't go wrong with that! Budapest is also cheap for hotels, we rented out a two bedroom apartment which came with a washing machine and everything for very little! Budapest is great value for money!
4) The Thermal Baths
Personally, after visit The Blue Lagoon in Iceland the thermal baths in Budapest didn't wow me like they would others and they are a little overrated (including The Blue Lagoon) but honestly the architecture, design and the overall atmosphere was amazing. We personally went to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath which is apparently the largest medicinal bath in Europe. I've been told but friends that there are many thermal baths in Budapest and they're all just as amazing.
5) Cultural Entertainment
Although museums are closed on a Monday Budapest has some of the most amazing museums I have ever visited (and I've been to many). My favourite museum by far was the 'hospital in the rock', unfortunately you're not allowed to take pictures whilst inside but it was truly breathtaking, it reminded me a lot of the HMS Belfast here in London but must better. H.I.T.R is basically the name of the hospital built underground (under Buda castle) in the second world war. We also visited other museums and attractions but this was my favourite by far. Budapest is also famous for its concert halls and cultural festivals (which are all year round). Buda and Pest are both steeped in history and it's thought-provoking to see the history of the Nazi regimes and the effects WWII had on Hungary.
6) The Metro
We didn't take too many metros as we mainly walked or got buses/trams but I am lead to believe that metro in Budapest is the oldest electric underground railway system in Europe, whilst on the Metro you also get this vibe! The metro in Budapest reminded me a lot of the metro in Berlin and I guess I love how old and authentic it feels compared to our very modern London Underground.
So these are my 6 reasons to visit Budapest. Stay tuned as the next installment of "6 Reasons To Visit" will be Sunday 17th July and it will be featuring the beautiful city of Copenhagen.
Have you been to Budapest before? Would you visit Budapest after reading this post?