Another half term means another European adventure – this time 3 days in Budapest and my goodness it did not disappoint! From the moment we arrived, we knew this was going to be a 10/10 on the #whereintheworldrdobsnsmarty Richter scale.
Budapest, a city where a river divides the two sides – Buda & Pest. A place where the views are like stepping into a fairy tale, the food is drool worthy and the drinks are cheap and flowing – what more could we want from a 3 dayer!
We chose to book and Airbnb within a central location on the Pest side of the city – and for only £37 a night what a bargain it was – prime positioning!! Hit up Amadeus Central Apartment on AirBnB.
Upon arrival and checking in at our AirBnB we found ourselves to be in a prime position for all things food and drinks – behold the Ruin Bars – literally the coolest most amazing pub I have EVER stepped foot into! Made the minor mistake of not checking the exchange rate before taking out 60,000 HUF in Hungarian currency before later realizing that was £160 (needless to say, we did manage to spend the entire amount between us on various purchases including some items of clothing…!) anyways, back to the Ruin Bars! Our favorite by far was Szimpla – a place so cool our little minds were blown! Wine bars, cocktails bars, normal bars, chemistry bars, every type of alcohol you could be looking for and all cheap! This place is hugeeeeee – it was an adventure just finding our way around the various rooms, books and crannies and on the way you will find someone of every nationality possible – I’m not kidding!
Things to do and see:
Numero Uno: Parliament Building.
Literally amazing from all angles. My only regret is not crossing the river to Buda to see it at night!
Numero dos: Fisherman’ Bastian
Literally a child’s playground (or two grown adults called Dobs n Smarty). This place is like stepping into a magical fairytale and complete unnecessary to buy a ticket for the view as you can basically see everything and walk around from the outside. The view from the restaurants would have been stunning, alas we were on a “saving for summer” budget and a 3 course meal seemed a stretch!
The next day, The weather cleared up and we remembered the sun does exist so we moved on to exploring the Pest side and my goodness I’d almost call it the best side!
Behold Numero Tres: Vajdahunyad Castle
Think more magical castles surrounded by people rowing on a lake, and then the infamous Szechenyi Thermal Baths. What more could we want?!
Again, completely free unless you want a view from the top..? (But why is it necessary when this is what you see from the ground?)
Last but not least by any means: Numero Cuatro – Szechenyi Thermal Baths
And after one last night out to our favorite ruin bar Szimpla, we ended our trip with he saddening realization that we must return to the less than sunny England in preparation for the last school half term.
Overall, we give it a 103% for a bloody good time and we will definitely be back to the glory that is Budapest 🏰🌳⛲️
Ps. Give us a follow on Instagram at @whereintheworldrdobsnsmarty for a behind the scenes look at our travel adventures! It’s worth it, and if you don’t agree we laugh at ourselves anyway 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏼♀️