Budapest wasn’t ever on our radar as a city to visit. But when we found a cheap flight there…we were sold! We were even able to land cheap train tickets from Budapest to Vienna and flights back to London from Vienna! We spent last Saturday-Monday away.
One of my colleagues is from Budapest so he was very helpful with putting together all the places to see in the city. On Saturday, after arriving around mid-day, we started off with a traditional Hungarian lunch at one of my colleagues recommended places. It was such a great start – and we quickly noticed how cheap Hungary is compared to London! A pint of beer was cheaper than a bottle of water! After lunch, we wandered around the “Pest” side of the city. We hit most of the major sights including: Hero’s Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath. After indulging in our first sips of Glühwein of the season at the little market in front of the castle, we walked down Andrassy street into the main town where we wandered a bit more around the various Christmas markets. I just love Christmas markets, and it’s incredible how these cities set up and celebrate the season.
We then walked the chain bridge over to the “Buda” side of town. Over here we quickly walked up to the Fisherman’s Bastion for some beautiful views over the city before the sunset.
Before dinner, we hopped on a night river cruise to enjoy the views of the city at night. The parliament building and the palace are the two main sights of the city – and they are quite the sight! Just stunning! The parliament building is one of the most beautiful buildings we’ve seen on all of our adventures.
We spent that evening at a lovely dinner place [again the prices were incredible!] then adventured around the famous Budapest Ruin Bars. They were really cool! And I was so surprised at how large they are!!!
The next day we spent the morning walking around the city again picking up souvenirs and Christmas presents before taking the train to Vienna. The train ride was beautiful! We were able to enjoy the most beautiful sunset with mountains in the horizon.
Upon arrival, we decided to hit up the Christmas market for dinner. By this point, we’ve seen many Christmas markets (handful in Germany, Austria, around the UK and Budapest) but this one was by far the largest and best we’ve been to yet. It was incredible! It was HUGE and had a great variety of stalls. We feasted on Käsekrainer, Apfelstrudel and Glühwein .
The next day we hit up the Schönbrunn Palace (which is HUGE) and then just wandered around the city enjoying their wonderful shopping, cafe’ culture and overall beauty.
Both Budapest and Vienna didn’t have a load of “sites” to see so it was nice to be able to do a few tourist things, but then just enjoy the city by walking and eating. Both cities were incredibly beautiful.
This weekend we’re off to Berlin with the Ives to enjoy more Christmas markets and get our Christmas shopping done!