A Postcard from Budapest

Budapest is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit. Everyone who’d travelled there before me had nothing but good things to say, and after hearing so many of their stories I wanted to experience the city for myself.

This was my summer holiday for the year, despite travelling in mid-October, and luckily the weather was gorgeous. My sister and I flew to Budapest, staying in the city for two nights before taking the train to Vienna for a further three nights there. This is the first half of my ‘A Postcard from’ series, the second half will be posted next week.

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Budapest (2)

The first day in Budapest me and my sister wandered up to the Liberty Statue – which is quite a walk up hill but the views of the city at the top are more than worth it and in my opinion cannot be beat – joined a tour that took us all around Castle Hill, and found our way to Heroes Square where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier rests.

Budapest (3)

Budapest (4)

Budapest (5)

Like most European cities I’ve been to so far Budapest is full of history, but despite that the one thing people recommended to me above all else were the thermal baths that Budapest is famous for. There are plenty to choose from, and I feel like no matter what one you go to you’ve made a good choice, but I ended up at the biggest and most popular one; Szechenyi Bath.

After half a day of walking all over the city, a city that has a good few steep hills, stepping into that first thermal pool was like stepping into a warm bath, and there was nothing more relaxing for my abused feet than that.

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Budapest (7)

The other highlight of my time in Budapest was the Danube Legend river cruise. This was something else that was recommended to me, and I had to choose the best part of my holiday it would be this. The Danube runs through the centre of Budapest, and the hour-long river cruise showed us all the sights lit up after dark. On one side we saw the Castle District, where Buda Castle and the Fishermen’s Bastions sit, and on the other we saw the Parliament building, which is even more impressive lit up at night than it was to see during the day.

Budapest (8)

Budapest (9)

Advice (a.k.a. learn from my mistakes)

  • Check the weather before you go…I have a really bad habit of underestimating how hot it will be. While packing for Budapest I assumed it would be a few degrees colder than England, so jeans and t-shirt weather paired with a light jacket, but in reality I could have wandered around wearing shorts and sandals.
  • Book excursions at your hotel…Chances are whatever hotel you’re staying at will be able to sell you a ticket to one of the thermal baths in Budapest, and maybe even the river cruise if you’re interested. It saves you queuing on the day and the prices are the same so really there’s no reason not to.
  • If you decide to use public transport make sure you validate your ticket…This is something me and my sister could have easily got caught out on because when you buy your tickets you need to valid them at a separate machine before boarding the train, if not you will get fined.

A Postcard from Budapest (2)

If you’re looking for a budget holiday Budapest is a place I’d highly recommend (another is Krakow where I went earlier this year). There’s plenty to see and do, and it’s possibly one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve travelled to; full of cobblestone streets, old buildings and castles with plenty of stories to tell, and incredible views.

38 thoughts on “A Postcard from Budapest

  1. Wow, Beth. You do make me envy your trips far more often than not! Definitely a place to visit after such wonderful pictures. Love those dark clouds in one of those pictures. Such beautiful destinations too, argh!! 😛 Glad you got to enjoy your trip and thank you for sharing!

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    1. Does that mean you’ll be planning a trip to Budapest in the near future then? 🙂 Yeah it’s a gorgeous city, and I’m glad I got the chance to visit. There’s so much to see and so many photos I didn’t include in this post (I had like 300 odd from this holiday) so you can imagine how much the city has to offer.
      Thanks so much Lashaan, and I’m glad you enjoyed this post as well! 😀

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  2. Hello Beth!! ❤
    I absolutely love your pictures here, they are beautiful! It looks like you've had an amazing time in Budapest! I am so excited to hear about your adventures in Vienna!
    I haven't been at a thermal bath before but it seems like it was quite a relaxing experience. That is definitely on my bucket list 🙂
    Are you from Europe, Beth? In Canada, we say "lining up" when we mean queuing. It's always interesting to learn about the subtle differences between cultures 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie! 🙂 ❤️ Budapest was incredible, there was so much to see and experience in the city it was a very full couple of days exploring everything. Why the thermal baths were needed for mine and my sisters very aching feet. Vienna was incredible too but more on that later. 😀
      Yeah I’m from the UK, and oh I never knew that about Canada. Seems so strange to imagine anyone saying anting different because I’m just used to saying queuing. 🙂

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      1. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing your pictures from Vienna, Beth! It’s another one of the places that I’ve always wanted to go to 🙂
        Haha it’s always interesting to hear how people say things differently even between the English-speaking countries! I think your “chips” are our “fries” and your “tube” is our “subway” 🙂 We in Canada refer to public bathrooms as “washrooms” while in the US they are called “restrooms” haha

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      2. I actually ended up enjoying Vienna more than I enjoyed Budapest, which is saying something because I was more excited for Budapest than Vienna. 🙂
        Oh I know about plenty of the differences between UK and US speak, mainly through the TV shows I watch. Never heard them called washrooms before though! 😀

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      3. Sounds like Vienna was a pleasant surprise 🙂 I love the feeling of enjoying something or somewhere more than expected.
        Haha I think washrooms is a Canadian thing. Whenever I go visit the states, I always say washroom without thinking much about it, then I get funny stares all around. I think it exposes me as a Canadian 🙂

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      4. Exactly, some of the best holidays I’ve had are the ones that have surprised me, and have been better than I expected.
        See in the UK even though people say “toilet” I always say “bathroom” which I think is more of a US thing than a UK thing. I just think bathroom sounds more polite than toilet you know?

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      5. Lol :’) That’s how I feel about “toilet” as well. I learned a similar word in French class, though I never got used to saying it haha. However when you think about it, “toilet” is more of a literal meaning. “Bathroom” doesn’t quite make sense when we don’t take baths in public bathrooms :’)

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      6. I suppose looking at it that way toilet does make more sense. I just can’t quite get out of the habit of saying bathroom when I’m in public. I’m very conscious of other people listening into my conversations (though I’m sure they’re not) and judging me for saying toilet.

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  3. Oh, those are really beautiful photos, Beth! Budapest seems like a gorgeous place, and I’m glad you enjoyed it! That night cruise looks especially delightful — the lights at night and everything make it all look even prettier. All the places you visited seem so full of history! Can’t wait for the next post in this series. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much May. 😀 Budapest is incredible, it reminded me a lot of Prague where I went a few years ago and also really loved. Both towns had that sense of history you could easily get lost among.
      The night cruise was incredible, I love seeing everything lit up after dark, and thanks again May! 😀 ❤

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  4. It looks like you had such an amazing time Beth! 😀 I loved your photos they are gorgeous! I can only imagine how amazing that bath would have been after all that walking you did! That’s a very smart idea they have there!
    You gave some great advice, who would have thought you’d need to validate a ticket you already bought?

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    1. Oh it was incredible, definitely lived up to my expectations for the city which is always a plus! 😀 Thanks Meghan, and yeah the baths were so nice after a lot of walking. I wish there was one near where I lived so after work I could go and relax for a little while each day.
      I certainly wouldn’t have thought so, it’s not something we do in the UK so me and my sister could have very easily gotten caught out and fined.

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  5. Budapest seems really beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous. ❤ It's definitely a place that I plan on visiting in the future. Especially since I don't live that far away from it and could easily travel there. I will definitely remember your advice, for whenever I have the time and money to go there! 😀

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! 😀 ❤ Budapest is definitely beautiful, and I had a wonderful time there as well.
      Oh I'd highly recommend going as soon as you get a chance Anna, I'll probably end up going back there one day and I'm sure you'll have an amazing time too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie! 😀 It was a great holiday and I had a wonderful time in Budapest. It’s definitely gorgeous, and honestly there’s so much to see an do which I haven’t shown on this post through my photos.
      That’s all right, I hope you manage to make it to Budapest one day and that you love it as much as I did! 😀 ❤

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  6. Oh your pictures are so pretty, Beth, I’m so glad to hear you had such an amazing time there 🙂 I feel like I’d have to add this city to my bucket list now! Can’t wait for part two of your trip, Beth! ❤ ❤

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