Day 1 - 31 Dec 2019
Content: We left Aberdeen (Scotland) at 06:00 in the morning , quickly stopped in Amsterdam and we arrived in Budapest at 12:05. We flew in with KLM, one of my favourite airlines.
Day 1 - 31 Dec 2019
Content: We decided to buy the Budapest Card that gives you access to some activities around the city other than the possibility to use any Public Transport for up to 24, 48 or 72 hours depending on your preferences.
Content: We took the airport shuttle to get to the Hotel Castle Garden, in the Castle District, where we stayed for the whole duration of the trip.
Content: After a quick shower, we were ready to go out for our New Year’s Eve’s dinner at 21 A Magyar Vendéglő. Here, we had a fabulous dinner, and the atmosphere was so romantic and cozy.
Content: After dinner we headed into the city centre to watch the Fireworks along the Danube at midnight. Our View Point was the Buda Castle. Even though it was very cold, we enjoyed the amazing show from there.
Day 2 - 1 Jan 2020
Content: On the second day we started exploring the city a little bit more. Even though we were staying in the Buda/West side, and quite close to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, we decided to take a bus to first visit the Pest area. Our first stop was the Heroes’ Square that not only is one of the three most important squares in Budapest, but it is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Content: Just around the corner from the Heroes’ Square, there is another very lovely attraction: the Vajdahunyad Castle or Vajdahunyad Vára in Hungarian.
Content: Our third stop was one of the most beautiful Cafe in the World: the New York Cafe. The drinks can be a bit expensive and we had to queue a little bit to get in, but it was definitely worth it.
Content: For the evening we decided to go on a boat tour along the Danube. From the boat we had spectacular views of the Hungarian Parliament Building, Chain Bridge and the Buda Castle. Again, it was quite cold, but such an amazing experience.
Day 3 - 2 Jan 2020
Content: On our third day we walked up to the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. I loved the architecture here.
Content: It was like I had stepped into a fairy tale for a few hours. I highly recommend visiting this area. It was probably my favorite in Budapest.
Content: Of course, since we were very close to the castle we went for a walk there. The nice and sunny day made this area even more fascinating
Content: At night, we wanted to try some Hungarian traditional food and we chose Menza Étterem és kávézó. I tried my first Goulash here and it was so tasty. We loved the vibes of this place as well.
Day 4 - 3 Jan 2020
Content: Our fourth day was definitely more relaxing . We booked two tickets to go to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. The contrast between the cold temperature outside ( - 2 degrees Celsius) and the very warm water was such a pleasure for our bodies and minds.
Content: We also booked a massage here. It was so relaxing and they gave us complimentary fruit and water as well. I highly recommend it because it was a decent price too.
Content: For dinner, we chose a burger place. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was delicious! The place is called Meatology Budapest.
Content: After dinner, we went for a walk along the Fashion Street and then back to the Hotel Castle Garden.
Day 5 - 4 Jan 2020
Content: We also went to the Parliament during the day to see it in a different light and from another perspective. Stunning as usual.
Content: On our way back along the Danube, we also passed by the Danube Promenade memorial. Here, there are several pair of shoes to honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen during World War II.
Content: Before leaving Budapest we could not miss the coolest and most vibrant part of the city: the Jews District. This area is full of history, restaurants, synagogues, nightclubs and the very famous ruin bars. These are all bars that are located in previously abandoned/old (ruined) buildings and offer very peculiar spaces where people can get cheap drinks. There is a very fascinating atmosphere. We visited the most famous one :“Szimpla Kert”. I had read about it in one of my favourite books, by Dan Brown. Here, there are several rooms with different types of music. Again, so cool. I loved it!