It’s been awhile since my trip to Budapest but I was going through the photo archives and realized I have so much to share from that trip! To be honest, when we first arrived we were super turned off because of the situation with our accommodation host and ended up scrambling to find last minute housing. BUT ANYWAYS! We tried not to let that ruin our trip and ended up enjoying what beauty the city has to offer.
My Top 5 Sights in Beautiful Budapest
The Fishermans Bastion was my favorite favorite and in my opinion the most beautiful sight to see and see FROM in Budapest. You can see it’s a photographers dream location. From the white stone and the great views of the city — we spent a good amount of time here. Tip: be sure to get here before the crowds arrive. We got to the Bastion by like 8AM and there were already a couple people there.
While you’re checking out the Bastion on the Pest side of Budapest — you should definitely check out the church right behind it. Matthias Church. The details of the roof and stone work is just beautiful. Makes you wonder and appreciate how they were able to achieve such work before machines! Unfortunately if you visit the Bastion too early the church may not be open yet for visitors. If so, you should check out a cafe nearby and come back during their opening hours.
There are many ways to appreciate the beauty of the Chain Bridge separating the two sides of Budapest. One way is to walk across the bridge itself once you finish exploring the Bastion and Matthias Church. OR before you do that you can walk up the path to Buda Castle or take the Castle Funicular to look down on the bridge itself. It’s also the bridge where Will Smith did the Keke dance.
If you look out from the Bastion, you’ll definitely see a huge building on the other side of Budapest along the Danube River. That would be the Parliament Building. We loved seeing the building from the Bastion as well as sailing by on a night river cruise! The Budapest Parliament building is lit up at night that makes it look completely different than during the day.
And last but definitely NOT the least, Budapest is known for their thermal baths. We decided to try out the most famous one – Szechenyi. To be honest we were skeptical because we had heard mixed reviews so we decided to just go for it and make our own judgement. Because we were only there for a couple days we weren’t able to make it there early in the AM. We showed up in the afternoon and of course it was crowded. I definitely recommend buying your tickets online ahead of time to avoid a potentially long ticket line. Our verdict: yes we would definitely go again if we were in town. They have eucalyptus steam rooms which were heavenly.
And there you have it! I’m sure there is so much more to see in this city and I hope to one day have the chance to go back!
Until next time 🙂