The last stop on my mini European tour was Budapest, where two distinct towns called Buda and Pest merged to create a city, shortly becoming Hungary’s capital in 1873. Our first day in Buda was spent at Castle Hill seeing sites such as Matthias Church with its funky tiled roof, Buda Castle with its horses and guards and Fisherman’s Bastion with a great view-point of the Eastern part of the city.
On our second day, we visited Pest and the Hungarian Parliament Building up close as its architecture is amazing. We wandered around the area seeing Kossuth tér, Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the harrowing memorial of the Shoes on the Danube Bank. We then took the 2nd oldest metro line in the world to Heroes Square before exploring City Park. We found Vajdahunyad Castle which looks like a fairytale with its picturesque location.
One of my highlights on this trip was Széchenyi Thermal Bath; Europe’s largest medicinal bath which opened in June 1913. There was an advisory time to be in the water for 20 mins maximum, but I managed to stay in there for about 3 hours! There were also many other baths with different mineral components, temperatures and some saunas too.
Budapest’s world-famous nightlife is also a must-experience, so when you visit be sure to go out at least once. Blaha Lujza has some great places to eat and drink, such as Szimpla Kert and Karavan. Another great place to chill at night is around Budapest Eye and Erzsébet Square, where you will find open areas to drink and dance.
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