Eastern Europe: Four days in Budapest

Part one of a four part series on Eastern Europe: Vienna, Prague and Berlin to come!

Visiting Eastern Europe was very high on my #bucketlist for this European adventure and it well exceeded my expectations. There is so much that could be said about each of these awesome cities, but I’ve compiled some of my favorite parts of each place to hopefully make your trip planning a little easier!

BUDAPEST

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect going into Budapest. I once watched a Rick Steve’s special about it with my parents when I was in college, but that was 8 years ago and I remembered nothing.

In short: I loved Budapest.

It is a very clean, very beautiful city with a lot to offer. We spent four nights (in an awesome Airbnb) there and honestly I wish we could’ve stayed longer. The architecture is to die for, and I was constantly looking up at all of the amazing and intricate designs on every building in the city.

The city itself is easily accessible by foot and when going from place to place we mostly walked. It did rain while we were visiting, and in that case the above-ground tram (tickets cost around 1 Euro) was very convenient. Budapest also has a underground metro which we only used once to get from the city center to the train station on our last morning, but it seemed like a good alternative for those who don’t want to walk everywhere.

And now, for some awesome sights and things to do when visiting Budapest…

The Baths

Something that is a “must-do” for most visitors to Budapest is to visit one of their famous bath houses. For reasons that I honestly don’t know, baths are a huge deal in Budapest and have become somewhat of a way of life for Hungarians. We went to a similar bath house in New York City for our anniversary, so we skipped the “authentic” Hungarian experience, but if you do plan to visit one I would suggest the Gellar Baths. The building is beautiful and you will feel like you are bathing in a castle!

The lobby to the Geller Baths
The lobby to the Geller Baths

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The Danube River

The Danube runs through several Eastern European cities, but what I loved most about Budapest were all of the Bridges that take you from the Buda to the Pest side (and vice versa). Each bridge had it’s own personality and I fell in love with the elaborate designs for each one.

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Pit stop for some Langos- a traditional Hungarian dish
Pit stop for some Langos- a traditional Hungarian dish

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The Ruins Bars

Nightlife is a huge deal in Budapest, and while Casey and I aren’t into the whole club scene, we love a good bar. If you’re looking for a fun night out, the Ruins Bars are not to be missed. We went to Szimpla Kert and had an awesome time!

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The View from Castle Hill

If you enjoy an amazing view as much as I do, and are willing to hike for it (or pay for a gondola ride up the hill), then you must must MUST hike up Castle Hill while you are in Budapest. Castle hill is located on the “Buda” side of the Danube River and from the top there are incredible sights, like the enormous Matthias Church. But honestly, nothing beats the view that you will get over the entire city of Budapest. It was honestly breathtaking.

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Met up with Casey's childhood friend Chris (and his girlfriend Nicole) while in Budapest!
Met up with Casey’s childhood friend Chris (and his girlfriend Nicole) while in Budapest!

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View of Parliament from the top of the hill
View of Parliament from the top of the hill

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Matthias Church
Matthias Church

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What are your favorite parts of Budapest? Comment below!

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