It feels like ages since we last got away so for Paige’s xmas present I got us 5 nights in Budapest. She was over the moon with this as she’s always wanted to go.
We flew from Luton as Wizair do great deals on flights and arrived in Budapest Monday afternoon. We were booked into a great apartment on booking located in the centre which was walking distance from all the main attractions around the city. Silverlight-luxus apartments were spot on for what we needed and were a bargain for £24 per night.
Adrienn the owner met us at the airport and was very helpful (not to mention a right cougar 😉) took us to our apartment and showed us around. We were located on the Pest side of the river, this was the more modern side with shops and restaurants etc.
After a mad weekend of late nights and early mornings combined with a long journey we were both hanging when we arrived. We popped out to a local restaurant and headed back for an early night ready for some exploring. Straight away we knew we were going to love the local food!
Pork loin wrapped in parma ham and potatoes 😍
After about 10 hours sleep we woke up ready to smash the ass out of Budapest! We had breakfast then headed straight out to see what the city had to offer. The sun was out but it was fucking freezing and the first purchase i made there was a pair of gloves! The first attraction we visited was the famous chain bridge that was built to link Buda and Pest together.
We crossed the bridge and climbed the hill to the Buda castle district where we were met by our old travelling nemesis.. the swarm of Chinese! To be fair apart from one incident where Paige wanted to kick one down the stairs at the Basilica we didn’t have any problems 😂. First we came across the Royal palace, we had no idea what this place was at first but judging by the armed guards and flags we gathered that it was pretty important!
From there we walked to Mathias church and the Fisherman’s bastian. I know I’m getting old by the fact that I appreciate the arcitecture of nice buildings.. I wouldn’t have given a shit about things like this a few years ago but this building was fantastic! It was made even more picturesque when snow started to fall whilst we were at the top 😍
In the afternoon we headed down to the market. Here we picked up some Hungarian flag badges and fridge magnets for Paige’s family and tried some of the market food. The market was a huge old building made up of 3 floors. If you have a weak stomach avoid the basement as nearly this whole floor consists of stalls selling fish and the smell was horrendous!
The top floor had some cracking local food stands and at this point I was starving, so giving in to my inner fat fuck I ordered enough local food to feed a family and devoured it like a bloke who’d been on hunger strike 😅.
For our evening meal we headed to Fuego Restraunt to try their highly rated hungarian chicken and it was incredible. Their blueberry and chilli sauce was weird but we both really liked it and Paige HATES sauce. The chicken was falling off the bone and unusually seasoned.. I’d visit this place over nandos any day!
Wednesday morning we woke up early and headed straight to the Szechenyi baths. This place was a spa heated by underground giezers containing both indoor and outdoor pools. The inside ones smelt a bit like toilets so we spent nearly all our time in the outdoor one which was lush, it was 29 degrees in the water with the outside being 5 degrees and was really odd feeling the snowflakes landing on your face whilst being so warm. The most entertaining part of the morning was watching an older couple 50+ blatantly shagging in the corner.. no one except us and some Chinese girls batted an eyelid! I couldn’t belive it as we saw this dirty old bird riding her wrinkley bloke for at least quater of an hour in the steamiest bit of the baths. I didnt even know your dick still worked at that age
After we’d towelled off the spunky water and got dressed we headed to Hero’s square to admire the statues and walked past the lake that had been frozen into an ice rink! I wanted to have a go but Paige isn’t a fan of ice skating and I’m nursing a broken so we gave it a miss unfortunately but it was funny to watch people falling over!
Food that day was a pork knuckle served with potatoes cabbage and bread which was my favourite hungarian food of the trip. We finished off with a chocolate Langos, this was nice but the traditional savoury ones tasted like shit, the doughnut type base just didn’t go well with the savoury toppings in my opinion.
Thursday morning we hiked to the top of the hill to see the citidel. This was the highest point with a view over the whole city and some wicked statues. The cold weather changed and we were down to T shirts during the hike!
On the way back we walked past the shoes on the Danube which was a famous memorial for the people that were shot and pushed into the river
We had tried previously to climb to the top of the Basilica but it was closed but tried again and as luck would have it it was open. We’d been told by a local that this was a must whilst visiting budapest as it gave a cracking 360° view of the city!
We were pretty flat out during the days and had more relaxed evenings (watching the harry potter films 😎) but as it was valentines day we hit one of budapests famous ruin bars for a few drinks. it was a maze of differently themed bars all under one roof of a shitty old building, there were even live bands playing!
For our last full day we didn’t do a great deal considering how flat out we’d been so just visited a famous baguette shop and a cake place Paige had been on instagram. On the evening we finished our trip with night time cruise of the Danube
All in all we had a great week and found Budapest to be a great city break. With a bit of planning we managed to do the whole trip for around £300 which all in all was an absolute bargain. Here’s a few ways we saved some cash using the skills we picked up backpacking..
- Flew from Luton for around £30 each way
- Breakfast was bought from a shop rather than eating out (eggs on toast FTW)
- Apartment found on booking using the “best rated/lowest price” filter
- Well located apartment meant we could walk to everywhere we wanted to go