This november, Leo and I booked an impromptu weekend to Budapest, a city we both wanted to visit. It was our first city break together – yes, I know, but what can I say, we usually tend to head to the beach or the mountains – but we definitely made the most of it.
We started our weekend early on saturday morning with a walk from Kalvin Ter, where we were staying, to the top of the Citadella, where we enjoyed magnificent views of the whole city.
We then walked along the river front to KicsiZso for a hearty Hungarian breakfast, and made our way back to Fisherman’s bastion and Matthias church – which is definitely worth visiting.
We then crossed the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and walked around the impressive parliament building.
From there, we stopped at Liberty Square to see the Soviet War Memorial and the controversial memorial for the victims of WW2.
We skipped lunch, and instead went for cakes and hot chocolate at Gerbaud, an up-market cafe near Budapest’s Christmas market.
The Terror museum, which we visited next after walking by the Opera, was a a sombering experience – although it could have been better made.
The sun had set by that point, and we made our way to the Jewish quarter, passing next to the Stephen Basilica. We had been out walking for about 9 to 10h at that point, and decided that we had deserved a drink ! We discovered an amazing ruin bar, Szimpla Kert and later had dinner at Szóda, a trendy hungarian restaurant.
We took it slow the next day – we visited a the Kerepesi Cemetery, where famous Hungarian poets and militants are buried and walked around the Jewish quarter.
We had lunch at Púder Bárszínház, again a quirky ruin bar with amazing food, drinks and music.
We then ended our trip at the Rudas Baths, making the most of their panoramic rooftop jacuzzi. Pro tip – get your own flipflop and towels 🙂