This city has a special place in my heart because I used to live here in 2011 and was my first time being out of home! I studied abroad here for one semester and truly had the time of my life. It wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies – setting up life here with the language barrier, alone, at 22, with no where to live, wasn’t the easiest task. I also didn’t have a mobile (insane right?) or know one word of Hungarian, but in hindsight this place inspired my passion for travel.
I was also lucky to return to this city this year in 2017 for a quick weekend getaway. It was amazing because I went with a girlfriend I used to live with 6 years ago and we got to see how much the city has changed and also go back to all our favourite places!
This blog post will be structured a little different since I didn’t travel around Hungary, but rather learned the in/outs of all the holes in the walls of this (in my eyes) perfect city.
Just as a heads up the airport is a bit far out of the city. The total journey time by public transport from the airport to the city centre is 45 to 50 minutes. You can use public transport and purchase a single ticket for the bus and metro for 350 HUF each.
In 2011, I stayed at Colors Hostel Budapest for two weeks until I was able to find housemates and look for an apartment; see link: https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Colors-Apartments-Budapest/Budapest/14773?dateFrom=2017-11-22&dateTo=2017-11-25&number_of_guests=2
It is situated on Vaci Utca – which is a popular tourist street and in this hostel I met my two housemates from Belgium.
In 2017, I stayed at The Hive Party Hostel (P.S. it is on top of a bar in the main area of partying so be prepared!); see link: https://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/The-Hive-Party-Hostel-Budapest/Budapest/96091
And finally! When we found our apartment I lived at 24 Wesslenyi U. which is in the city centre, prime location, and I couldn’t miss enough.
Things to do:
– Walk all around both sides of Buda and Pest (divided by the Danube river)
– Visit Parliament buildings
– See St. Stephens Church
– Go to Margaret Island (on the island there is a 5KM running track along the outskirts that gives you a view of both Buda & Pest)
– Visit Szechenyi thermal baths (this place also turns into a rave)
– Tour Buda Castle
– Trek up Gellert Hill with a bottle of wine at sunset or sunrise for a view of the city
– Go to pub street next to Corvinus University for 1 Litre beers
– Go to Godor and sit outside at the open air bars or visit the non-stops and sit at Deak Ferenc Ter
– Walk along the Danube river and see all the lights in the evening
– Take a river boat cruise (can be dinner or a booze cruise)
– Take a day trip to Lake Balaton in the summertime
– Go to Corvinteto for Dubstep
– Go to Szimpla bar (this is one of the coolest and most quirky bars I’ve ever been too) – MUST see.
– Go to Morrison 1 on a Monday
– Go to Instance for late night dancing
– Go to Otkert for late night dancing
– Basically anywhere by Wesselyni U. are a ton of bars you can hop and it is so much fun !!
Be prepared for the all the Eastern European Feels!