Top Five Things in Budapest

Budapest is one of my favourite cities, and this post is a collation of what I believe to be the top five things in Budapest.

In 2014 I had the pleasure of going to Budapest for the first time and I fell in love with it instantly. I was on a topdeck tour which unfortunately meant I spent just one day in the city. In that one day, I soaked up everything, it was an early start and a late night but I was able to get a taste of its greatness.

In July this year I had the pleasure of returning, this time I had three days, it was time to reacquaint myself with Budapest, this time a little slower than before.

In recent years, Budapest has become quite the destination, a must-see for all in their European adventures.

St Matthias Cathedral and surrounding area 

This is located in Buda Castle district. Firstly, the facade of the church is simply amazing, the tiles on the roof are so beautifully intricate. The surrounding area, outside, is amazing with views of the entire city.

Ruin Bars | Szimpla Kert 

Budapest is renowned for its ruin bars, perhaps the best bars in the world. The best and most popular would be Szimpla Kert, covered in graffiti and with multiple rooms this bar has a great atmosphere. You can buy a shisha downstairs and spend the night chatting away with friends whilst sucking down some raspberry or peach flavoured smoke. One must also go for a walk through the whole of Szimpla Kert – it’s massive, however, if you are with friends make sure you take advantage of the free wifi as it is very easy to lose each other.

The Szechnyi Baths 

Image by By Petr Vilgus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The biggest and perhaps most famous baths in Budapest, the Szechnyi baths are practically outdoor pools. Although it is filled to the brim with tourists, they are amazing and a must-see when going to Budapest, only for the sheer spectacle.

Rudas Thermal Bath

The Szechnyi baths are great for the day but the Rudas Thermal Bath is a must for the night (only open on weekend nights). It is incredibly rejuvenating, one jumps from a pool with temperatures of 30 degrees, to 42 to 16. It leaves your skin tingling. The best part of the Rudas Spa at night is the rooftop spa which has the most breathtaking view of the city. Make sure you treat yourself to a massage as well.

The Hungarian Parliament building 

The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most magnificent buildings you will ever gaze upon. Most people who go to Budapest only see the outside of the building but I cannot recommend enough going in. The insides are literally lined with gold, there is amazing art and this is all complimented by a deep red carpet throughout.

Have you been to Budapest? What was your favourite?

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  1. How nice you're able to return and stay for longer, returning to a recent destination is always a lot of fun! The Hungarian Parliament Building looks so dramatic; amazing architecture!

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