Budapest is a beautiful city with so much to offer. I travelled to Budapest for the Sziget Music festival but made sure I had enough time to pack in a lot of what Budapest city had to offer too. Keep reading for a detailed guide on what you should check out while in Budapest.
Where to stay?
We opted to stay in an apartment while in Budapest and it suited us down to the ground. Kalvin Apartments had everything we needed. As I mentioned we were going to the Sziget Music Festival so our daily routine was to get up, eat a bit of breakfast (cereal/toast), explore the city, grab snacks and drinks to bring back to the apartment and eat and drink while we got ready for the festival. The apartment was comfy and most importantly, air-conditioned!! If you opt for staying here be warned that when you first get there the alleyway looks a bit dodgy but it’s totally okay.
Where to eat?
When I was in Budapest the heat was unbelievable! Like ridiculously hot. So most of my recommendations are great places for a cold glass of wine. Plus for 3 of our 5 days, we were going to the Sziget Music Festival in the evening so we ate there. Hence the limited amount of recommendations.
Pontoon – This place has the coolest vibe. So super chill. It has a great rooftop bar but also along the river bank it has bean bags and hammocks. Great place to chill by the river and have a beer.
Raqpart Bar – Another cool place to stop for a beer and a few sneaky snacks.
Trattoria Toscana – I mean who doesn’t love a good Italian? Super delicious and along the river banks. Word of caution though – I tried to order a plain pepperoni pizza and I got a pizza with loads of green peppers on it. Language barrier but apparently this happens a lot so beware.
Hard rock cafe – If you follow my blog you know that a visit to the Hard Rock Cafe is a must in every city I go too. The food is always good and it’s surrounding by some pretty decent shops. 🙂
What to do?
Gellért Thermal Baths – I loved these baths. The decor in them was so chic and cool. After the Sziget music festival, my legs were killing me so I decided to treat myself to a spa day while my friend went shopping. These baths are very chill and relaxed. I got a foot massage and it was one of the best I’ve gotten. So worth the money.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths – These are possibly the most famous baths and are known for their yellow walls and blue water. The outside baths are very cool. They are probably more suited if you are with a group as they are very big. They apparently have unreal pool parties here at night but unfortunately, these weren’t on while I visited. Make sure to look it up before you go as they looked unreal.
Funicular in the Buda Castle District – The funicular is a great, fairly cheap and leg saving way to get to the top of the castle hill. On the ride up you’ll get spectacular views of the River Danube and Budapest City. Once you get to the top you can go left for the Buda Castle and right for the Fishermans Bastion.
Fishermans Bastion – Okay, I’m not great at architecture so apologies for this description but the Fisherman Bastion is basically a huge wall with lookout towers that give from one side a terrific view of Matthias Church and from the other the most spectacular view of the whole city. Well worth the visit.
Matthias Church – What an amazing building. There are no words. The roof is so beautiful and colourful too. I didn’t actually go inside but spent a great deal of time admiring it from the top of the Fishermans Bastion.
Budapest Castle – I didn’t spend a huge amount of time here (I got hungry) but it did have a quick walk around the gardens and it is very pretty. If you have time check it out.
Hungarian Parliament Building – Another spectacular building that should be admired. We stumbled upon it on our way to find the shoes of the Danube River.
Shoes of the Danube River – This is a waterside memorial for those who were killed during WW2. During this time, many Jews were taken to the river bank and ordered to take their shoes off and side by the river edge, This is so when they were shot their bodies would fall into the river and be carried away. The memorial represents the shoes that were left behind.
Sziget Music Festival – This is the coolest festival I have ever been too. Full blog coming on it soon…
River Cruise – After 3 days at Sziget we wanted to do something very chill on our last night so we did a late-night river cruise. There are loads of different options so just choose one that suits your needs. I can’t even remember which one we choose because we booked it earlier in the day walking along the riverbank, It’s a great way to see the city. Budapest has so so many amazing buildings along the river and they look so magnificent and magical when they are lit up at night.
So that is all from me on Budapest. If you are travelling soon I hope you have a great time. If you find any of these recommendations useful I would love to hear about it. Comment below or tag me on Instagram @sliceofciara.
Enjoy your travels,