This weekend, my roommate Chelsea our friend Julia and myself decided to take an impromptu trip to Budapest, Hungary and it was amazing. At first I was hesitant because I had no idea what was even in Budapest. But, I kept hearing great things, and it was so close (7 hour drive) I decided to give it a whirl and am so glad I did! We managed to pack our days so bare with this lengthy entry…
We arrived in Budapest around 10:30pm on Friday and headed straight to our hostel to drop off a few things. We were exhausted from the trip, grabbed some dinner and passed out in preparation for a busy Saturday.
Saturday morning we went on a free walking tour of Budapest from 10:30am-1pm and it was awesome. The tour guides spoke perfect English, were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and told us all they could about what to eat and drink, what places to go, the history of Budapest and more. I would suggest anyone who goes to Budapest to check it out! We also hit up all the major sites, my all-time favorites being Fisherman’s Bastion and St. Matthias Church. I know I keep saying this, but I could stay in these churches and basilicas for days. They are all so ornate and beautiful. They just don’t make them like that anymore.
After our tour, we headed to the largest market in Budapest. It is a giant warehouse type building with three floors of goodies to chose from. It was quite overwhelming, but amazing at the same time. When our shopping was complete, we found the nearest restaurant and grabbed some traditional Hungarian goulash. It was delicious but it’s got nothin’ on the Czech gulas!
Continuing our tourist trip, we headed to St. Peter’s Basilica and there was a wedding happening. We walked in the cathedral and woman was singing Ave Maria in perfect pitch. It was so surreal and one of my favorite moments. Later, we headed to Margaret Island for some relaxation.
On Sunday we went to the Hungarian baths, which are medicinal pools with water from the depths of the Earth, which the people claim has healing powers. I don’t know what the heck is in that water, but I believe them. I have never been so relaxed in my life – and I even got some sun! The outside pool was similar to a pool you would see in the states. Inside, there were 20+ pools that were all different temperatures and had different uses. On top of that, there were a dozen different saunas – from charcoal to lights to aromatherapy. Needless to say, we spent the whole day there and tried everything.
I will now stop before this post ends up being longer than all of them combined. Long story short, I loved Budapest, every little bit of it. (Especially at night…)