Budapest has been on my bucket list ever since we got to Europe. We watched several youtube’s to make sure we knew what to expect when we got there and we very happy we made this trip well informed. We only spent one full day in Budapest, but I’m pretty sure we saw or did everything we wanted to do.
First, we arrived at our Hotel on the Pest side of the Danube River. We LOVED our hotel. It was by far the largest room we’ve had in Europe and was very modern and well styled. Not to mention we had an amazing deal. We highly recommend Hotel Rum. Since we arrived late the first night we simply ate at the hotel’s restaurant, Urban Tiger. A classy asian fusion place. In fact we ate dinner there both nights since it was so easy.
During our one full day in Budapest we started by going to the Budapest Market where Stefan bought paprikas and we had goulash, lajos, and stuffed cabbage for breakfast. We then walked along the river to the Chain Bridge where we crossed to Buda and the Castle Hill funicular. We were really excited to ride the funicular up the hill to the castle, but unfortunately the cable snapped the day before and we had to take a tuk tuk to the top of the hill. Once at the top we visited the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. This was my favorite part of Budapest and was the most picturesque. We also strolled down to the castle courtyard and palace. We then walked down to the river front and stopped at a playground for Olivia to take a break. We then took the subway back to Pest to the park and visited the famed baths. Olivia is too young to participate so we only took a peek before visiting the Transylvanian Castle in the park and Hero’s Square and then home.
We ate some chimney cakes filled with ice cream and nutella which were good, but the cakes were all premade and we preferred the German chimney cakes.
The next day we visited parliament before heading home. If we visited again and Olivia is older we definitely would do the baths, the famed ruin bars, and the castle labyrinths.