Never in a million years would I have thought I would have visited Budapest. The only time I had really ever though about this place was because of the Grand Budapest Hotel Film (which I recommend). But hands down I am glad I went on this adventure!
Where is Budapest? Don’t worry I also asked myself that question.Budapest is located in the country of Hungary and is east of Spain.
Language: Hungarian (very difficult to understand) but like everywhere else but the US they speak english.
Currency: Although they are part of of Europe their economy does not meet therequirements to enter into the euro system, therefore they use Huffs. Give or take 300 huffs = 1 euro. Everything was very cheap!
Trip in summary: I am glad I didn’t do much research on Budapest prior to coming. I had no expectations, therefore it was much more easier to take it all in once we arrived. If I can use one word to describe the trip it would be: Stunning! Budapest is a county that is rich in history and culture. It experienced WWI and WWII, and it is very visible in the architecture and the buildings. We were here for 4 days and 3 nights. Honestly I think a weekend in Budapest is great for a quick trip.
Tips: As a college student free is good 🙂 We went on a free walking tour around Budapest to learn more about history, society, architecture and what Hungarians life is like. Our tour guide was awesome, not only did he tell us about great places to eat and drink, he also helped with what a good exchange rate would be and taxi tips. We saw almost everything in this tour: Danube Promenade, Municipal Concert Hall, Gresham Palace, Academy of Hungarian Sciences, St.Stephen’s Basilica, Chain Bridge, Castle District area (Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fisherman Bastion).
Visit a ruin bar! Ruin bars a unique way to preserve old buildings. This has saved many old buildings in Budapest, saving its beautiful architecture and turning them into trendy places where you can enjoy a few drinks and chill out in a retro ambiance. Our hostel was actually under a ruin bar. 🙂 My favorite one was Szimpla.
Quick facts: “Budapest” is the combination of the city names Buda and Pest, which were united into a single city in 1873. They are connected by several bridges, the main bridge being the Chain Bridge. (all the bridges are reconstructed, since during WWII they were all destroyed).
The Rubik’s Cube was invented by a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik.
The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath is the largest medicinal public bath in Europe!
Katy Perry’s video Firework was shot in Budapest 🎆
TripAdvisor: most of what we saw or restaurants we went to go eat at were recommended by TripAdvisor and they were worth it ! So defiantly I suggest looking up places here.