Here comes Part 2!
And now, we’re off to Budapest! There will be some complaining but I enjoy being honest; even if it means you might want to punch me through the screen and tell me to shut up. Hope you enjoy anyway!
On the 24th of July we made our way from the hotel to the Florenc bus station to catch our ride to Budapest. We booked our tickets well in advance and thanks to that Nicole and I only paid around £8 for the ticket(for some reason Dom was the only passenger on board who paid more…) We arrived sweating and in a rush as I was panicking about missing the bus. We imagined a big, comfortable bus and we even let ourselves dream of some Wi-Fi…How foolish of us. We were in for an adventure and I mean a real and true ADVENTURE. What we got was a minibus arriving late with two drivers who looked like some sort of Russian mafia. Some of the people travelling with us were just normal looking people but others were taken out straight from a Russian criminal comedy film. You’d have to see it for yourself to believe me!
We were told that the journey would take around 7-8 hours but as you already know of my luck with buses, we arrived in Budapest a few hours after that- in the middle of the night. The bus stopped and dropped us all off in the middle of nowhere LITERALLY. As soon as we spotted a taxi we went for it. Our driver drove around 150 km/h and played some sort of house music. The three of us couldn’t stop the nervous laughing at all the surreal events of the day. It was one of the weirdest days of my life.
From the moment we decided we’re going away we decided it’d be a great idea to the whole coach surfing business but the closer it got to leaving for the trip the more I was filled with fear and started searching for places to stay. That’s how we ended up staying at a hostel two nights and three in a guest house.
The hostel was very much Nicole’s scene, she fell in love with it the moment we walked in. There was a massive club located right in the middle(an all night one) and she was ready to party even after the journey and caring the backpack(that should tell you something!). Dom liked it too but I think I was the only one that realllllyyyyy wished we were anywhere but there.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to go out and have fun(okay, maybe not too often but I still do!) but living in a place like that? I know, I sound about 30 years old. Okay, moving ooonnnn. We had a quite room in a good location in the city which was a great advantage.
However Dom and I LOVED our guest house, it was a lovely flat but the building it self had a breath-taking atmosphere to it. It was truly lovely and incredibly charming. I’d recommend it to anyone going to Budapest, it’s in a great location and the owner is great; he will tell you all about the places to visit, how to get there etc. We even got some watermelon from him!
If you’d like to check out these places here are links for booking.com
The city is divided into two parts, Buda and Pest which are divided by the river Danube. It has an extensive World Heritage Site that includes the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway which is the second-oldest metro line the world(cool,huh? Taking it is certainly an adventure!)
However I need to come clean about one thing- all research was done after the trip, sadly when we were there we haven’t looked into it all. The tour bus gave some insight which was great!
Until we got to the Oasis guest house and haven’t met the owner we were on our own and Internet wasn’t all that helpful. After walking our asses off in Prague we decided to spare ourselves slightly and bought a two-day ticket for a hop on hop off bus.
Our ticket was 23 euros which can seem like a lot but it included free walking tours, boat tour and many more.
It was a great choice as we had a chance to see much more than we would have if we decided to walk everywhere. We had five days to explore so there was still plenty of time to get lost and admire the city with no idea where to go and what everything is. It was nice to learn more about this beautiful city without having to research everything. Just enjoying being in the moment and taking it all in.
Another thing worth mentioning about Budapest is the architecture. Budapest has architecturally noteworthy buildings in a wide range of styles and from distinct time periods, it makes you want to reach for your camera almost non stop. Most building in Budapest are relatively low, the number of high-rise buildings is kept low by building legislation, which is aimed at preserving the historic cityscape.
From our deal we also used the boat tour which was magical. The city is even more beautiful at night and no one should leave without going on a boat tour. I mean it! My Dad and Mum insisted we go and enjoy the baths, I mean who goes to Budapest and doesn’t go to the baths, right?
We went to the Szechenyi Baths. It’s one of the largest bathing complexes in all Europe, and the only “old” medicinal baths to be found in the Pest side of the city. The indoor medicinal baths date from 1913 and the outdoor pools from 1927. I don’t think it’s something I’d do again, there were many people and the indoor baths just didn’t seem very clean. We mostly sat outside, which was nice but maybe not worth 18 euros, I’m still glad we did it because I know we’d have regret it otherwise.
On our last night Nicole suggested we go and explore the Ruin Pubs and I’m so glad we did it. It was amazing, big recommendation.
There are so many things we didn’t have enough time to do and there is so much more to this city than I had the chance to write here. I really hope that you guys will visit it one day, it’s worth it! I will definitely go back and explore it more.
I have to say I enjoyed it more than Prague as people were a lot nicer which made it easier to relax and enjoy our holiday. We were really lucky when it came to weather on this holiday; it rained twice in the space of three weeks.
If you’re still on your holidays and you have the opportunity to go to Budapest, don’t think about it twice.
Our next stop will be Madrid! See you there.