Flash back to June – when Daniel and I hopped on a plane to Budapest. Flash back to June – when one eventful week turned into one eventful month! Hungary is such a beautiful country filled with adventure! There is so much one can cover in 30 days however I have narrowed down my list to the top 10 things I would love to see and do again!
1. The Danube river
This is a must-see when visiting the city, in fact you will probably end up here by choice or by chance! The Danube river separates the two sides of the city. The hill side known as Buda and the flat side known as Pest. At night all the lights are switched on, creating a beautiful ambience for an evening stroll.
2. Walk the city streets
Most of your traveling can be done on foot, whether you are heading to your favorite restaurant, mall or exploring the whole city! We would walk for at least an hour each day and it soon became the norm. I loved strolling through the busy side streets, there I found cozy restaurants, multiple book stores and whimsical gift shops.
When in Hungary, take a shot of Pálinka! This is a traditional fruit brandy, that is popular amongst the locals. A free warning though, after a few of these bad boys you will end up with a headache from hell the next day. I quite enjoyed the taste of the apricot flavor but prepare yourself for a kick!
4. Ride and enjoy the Budapest eye
Daniel and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on this day and we did so, by enjoying a ride on this huge ferris wheel! You can see the whole city from up here! The wheel moves around multiple times so you have more than enough time to see each side of the city.
5. Pop in to the Ice Bar Budapest
I say pop in because you won’t want to spend more than 5 minutes in here! It is freezing, however it is also unusual and worth the visit. We put on our ponchos and braced the cold. We had so much fun with our friends Michelle and Magnus (from Denmark), who just so happen to be used to the chilly weather!
6. Be brave, have a fish pedicure!
I had a hard time with this one in the beginning. The fish tickle your feet while they eat away at your dead skin, yuck! It’s such a weird feeling and it looks freaky too! After sitting there for 10 minutes I eventually gave in and embraced it. We actually found that our feet felt a lot smoother afterwards!
7. Lake Balaton
An hour and a half drive outside the city of Budapest is Lake Balaton. An incredible place for holiday makers. This is where one can relax near the water and enjoy the summer sun. We didn’t end up walking to the lake, instead we hiked to the top of the hill and admired the view from above. It is a large lake stretching out as far as the eye can see. Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Hungary!
8. Shop at the Hold Street and Downtown Market
Whether you’re looking for Hungarian paprika, meats or souvenirs – this place has you covered! Anything and everything can be found at this farmers market, with a wide selection of meats and fresh fruit, you will not be disappointed!
9. Enjoy a sightseeing boat ride
We spent Saturday afternoon enjoying a ride along the Danube River. Soaking in the summer sun while sipping on a huge glass of wine! From the boat you can see the Parliament building, Buda castle and three bridges in full view.
10. Hop on hop off sightseeing bus
The bus takes you on a tour to famous and very important locations around the city. We visited Heroes Square, Buda Castle, Buda Castle Hill and Vajdahunyad Castle Gardens. The old architecture and history was breathtaking!
Budapest was absolutely captivating in every way. I have so many memories of exploring the city sometimes with Daniel, sometimes on my own. I look forward to the next visit and I am still on a mission to learn Hungarian! So until next time, Viszlát!
“Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before” – Dalai Lama