City escape – Budapest

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.

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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.

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We then crossed the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and walked around the impressive parliament building.

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From there, we stopped at Liberty Square to see the Soviet War Memorial and the controversial memorial for the victims of WW2.

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We skipped lunch, and instead went for cakes and hot chocolate at Gerbaud, an up-market cafe near Budapest’s Christmas market.

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The Terror museum, which we visited next after walking by the Opera, was a a sombering experience  – although it could have been better made.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

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