2018 was a good year for travel and nothing was more memorable than a relatively cold September Weekend in Budapest.
A city split in half by not only the Danube, but also multiple cultural and the name itself. Buda and Pest.
Lets explore why you should spend a weekend in Budapest.
Founded in A.D. 896, this historcal city also boasts the 3rd largest parliament building in the world.
With 691 rooms, 20 kilometres of stairs and 40 kilograms of 23-carat gold was used on its interior decoration. It’s also the largest building in Hungary.
Getting to Budapest ?
Most UK airports and budget airlines are offering amazing flight prices to Hungary and Budapest. Proud to say I paid no more than £29 for a return flight including taxes. The Budapest Nemzetközi Repülőtér (Main international Airport) is west of the city. And a short cab or bus journey to the centre or the rather impressive Budapest Keleti (eastern) railway station.
The city is littered with accommodation down and around the main districts and inner city. Various budgets and styles catered for. From as little as £34 per night at the time of writing for a reasonable 4 star hotel. Branded hotels are also available including; Novotel, Mercure, Hilton, Intercontinental and Marriott all visible and available.
I stayed at the Golden Park Hotel, opposite the remarkable train station. A bus stop was conveniently positioned right outside too. Walking distance to the centre, Parliament and most if not all sites, bridges and the famous Citadella (Liberty Statue).
When in Budapest
Many lists will suggest numerous sightseeing tours or options around £8 per adult. But my strongest recommendation would be to walk around the city, look up and take it all in.
With a mixture of almost Roman, Greek and historical design. The city has a mixture of architecture that will keep you guessing as you explore.
Buying a local bus ticket, will give you a chance to explore the wider area and Danube. Cruises are available on the river, in season too.
The Széchenyi Thermal Bath, is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Water is supplied by two thermal springs, sporting temperatures around 74 °C and 77 °C. This tourist hotspot is also walking distance from the city centre /my location.
Be sure to follow the yellow footprints 👣
Weekend in Budapest – Strongest Recommendation
Whilst I admit, I had to visit the world renowned, Michelin recommended and sweet tooth heaven, New York Café. Pictured below, the cue is well worth it.
My strongest recommendation for a weekend in Budapest is, to stay off the main drag. Avoid brands, such as shopping Tesco and Lidl or Hotel brands as mentioned above. And head off into the back streets or side streets.
A Hungarian staple of Goulash and Schnitzel came in under £8 per person. And a Derher hungarian lager came in at less than £1 per litre
The forint is weak to the pound/euro, unless you spend it wisely, you wont get value for your money. Euros are accepted in lots of locations and advertised as such, but be mindful of the conversion/maths.
Although it was the cheapest KFC I have ever bought.
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