24 hours in Budapest

July 07, 2018

Over the Danube, striking views of the world-famous Hungarian Parliament building amazed me. My first impression of this city wasn't great, to say the least, but this view made up for it. Having disembarked the train from Vienna, a short 2.5 hour trip, we got scammed by a taxi driver and received more hostility from others we encountered. Nevertheless, we were determined to make the most of a short 24 hour trip in Budapest and headed straight to the sights.
The Fisherman's Bastion, one of the top tourist attractions in Budapest holds unrivaled views over the city. It was actually purpose built for this, despite how the building looks, it was literally meant to be a viewing platform. There's also a church behind it, St Matthias' Church, also worth a look around.

The famous arches in the Fisherman's Bastion with the Hungarian Parliament in the distance.
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Chimney cakes are a Hungarian dessert, even though they're more famous in Prague. "Street Cakes" is the place to get them (disclaimer: the ones pictured are from a stall on the street because we were in a rush but we did try Street Cakes which was much much better), and is definitely worth a stop, but don't be tempted by the egg waffles (a Hong Kong delicacy), rather try these!
The Chain Bridge viewed from Buda Castle. The funicular up to the viewpoint is a bit disappointing but is conveniently located at the end of the bridge and goes straight up. This bridge was the first to unite the two sides of the city, Buda and Pest. At the other end, the building is the Gresham Palace, and the St Stephen's Basilica (the largest church in Budapest) is sticking out of the top of the Gresham Palace.
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The sights of Budapest all in one photo: Hungarian Parliament (far left), the Danube, the Chain Bridge and St Stephen's Basilica
 The stunning lobby at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. The design of this hotel shows why it's constantly ranked as one of the top in the world. Contrary to its name, it was never actually a palace.
18 pools, with all the water from thermal springs, created Szechenyi baths, a spa bath complex usually around 40˚C. It's one of the largest in Europe, and certainly lives up to the hype. The large size means it's never too crowded, and is perfect to just sit in for a day, so that you feel rejuvenated.
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To see this building in all its beauty, we took a walk along the Buda side of the Danube, until we were directly across from the Hungarian Parliament. At golden hour, the light complemented the building so it was glowing.
 Sunset from the Chain Bridge looking towards Buda.
For dinner, we actually ended up eating across from our hotel in a restaurant called "Tokio", instead of trying Hungarian cuisine. Having been in Europe for two months, I was craving Japanese food so we had this instead. It wasn't bad, but I'd recommend trying Hungarian food rather than giving into cravings like me.

Want to see more? Check out my instagram highlight for Budapest here!

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1 comments

  1. Chimney cakes look delicious! I'd love to go to Prague, mainly for the history, but there is so much to see and do! Thanks for sharing!

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