Unlike many of the other destinations on my Snap Gap trip, I knew next to nothing about Hungary and how to experience its capital city of Budapest.
So, with no other ideas to turn to, relished living the tourist life. I didn’t go as far as buying an “I <3 Budapest” t-shirt, or anything, but nonetheless I followed the tourist trail to find some of the best things to see, eat, and do in Budapest. And I had a quite a good time doing it!
First things first: there are plenty of places to go in Budapest, and my biggest exploration-ally was the 7-day travel card: It was about $15 USD for unlimited access to the trams, subways, and buses, making it easy to get around to all the destinations I needed!
The Szechnyi Baths are quite the picturesque place to go for a swim or sauna. And, since people come from all over the world to soak in the waters (or take a spa day), the baths are a good place to meet other travelers. So slather on the sunscreen and get chatting!
The spires of Parliament are likely one of the first images which come to mind when you think of “Budapest”, and for good reason. Standing by the massive building is simply impressive. And this was one place where I didn’t feel like a tourist. The large plaza in front of the building gave plenty of space to breathe (and of course take pictures).
I felt as if I had stepped into a fairy tale when I climbed the final steps to Fisherman’s Bastion. Not only could you stare at the buildings for hours, but climbing to the top gives you one of the best views of Budapest you could ask for!
My first night in Budapest I set out in search of the most Hungarian meal I knew of: goulash.
Eventually I branched out to another type of stew. I’m not sure of the name, but the lamb sausage on the tomato base was a hearty meal.
In the hot Hungarian summer, I was more than happy to stop for a refreshing treat at Gelarto Rosa that tasted as good as it looked.
But…my favorite discovery of them all was the common street snack, lángos. This freshly-fried dough covered in sour cream and cheese hits the spot at any time of day. And, as it can be quite heavy, it’s the perfect food to split with a friend as you stroll down the Danube!
Central Market Hall
You could easily spend an entire afternoon strolling up and down the aisles of the market, taking in all of its tastes, colors, and textures. And if you’re looking to buy, there’s plenty to choose from, whether you’re shopping for souvenirs or ingredients for a picnic.
The character-filled ruin pubs of Budapest are an attraction to see in themselves, but there’s plenty to do there as well. Many of the open mic nights of Budapest take place at ruin pubs, so pull up a stool and listen to some music! Szimpla Kert and Fogas Haz are two of the most popular ones to go to!
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