A few days ago I came back home from a trip to the Hungarian capital. Originally I did not plan on traveling alone, but when my travel buddy got sick I saw no other option than to explore the streets of Buda and Pest alone. You all know that my solo trip to Paris was a success, and this trip ended up being no less of a great experience.
Keep reading to see what I spent my days doing! 🙂
The person I was supposed to go with is studying in Budapest at the moment, so honestly I hadn’t done much research on the city before I suddenly was there. I planned on him showing me around, and when that was no longer on the agenda, a hop on/hop off bus seemed tempting. I usually like to explore without a guided tour, but this time a tour like this was just perfect. A nice way to get to know the city better on a warm spring day. Even more convenient when I found out a river cruise on Donau was included in the price. You get a great view of the famous parliament building, all the bridges and the castle.
From the top of the Buda Castle you get a great view of the city. I planned on climbing to the top right before sunset. That was a great decision making for nice photos of the parliament and the chain bridge.
The Liberty Bridge
I lived just by the Liberty bridge and crossed it everyday. A beautiful bridge that I thought deserved a few photos of it’s own.
The only reason I went to the ELTE botanical gardens was that I was promised a cherry blossom heaven. At least according to the magazine in my hotel room. After walking for over an hour and finding the garden after a few misleading google maps tries, I only found one little cherry tree, lol.. But they had a huge jungle department where I was all alone and could take as many photos as I’d like. The succulent and cactus section was also pretty impressive.
The Gellert Baths
I randomly booked a hotel room where one of the famous thermal baths in Budapest is located. While the hotel itself in my opinion does not deserve it’s four stars (it’s very old and worn out, but has a very prestigious feel to it), the baths were a cool experience. Take a swim in the pool and relax in the hot thermal bath afterwards. They also have a bath outside!
Stay tuned for another post about Budapest and where to eat while you’re there.