5 reasons why Budapest is the perfect European city break

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Budapest is a place that I’ve wanted to visit for absolutely years (or since the George Ezra song came out) so when Nathan and I got to discussing our end of winter break, we agreed on Budapest instantly. 

I’d heard so much about Budapest and I was already certain that I would love it, but it even managed to exceed my very high expectations – it was snowy, FREEZING (we went at the beginning of March and it was -12 most nights), and yet all this did was add to the magical charm and culture of the city. 

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Many, many more detailed Budapest blog posts will be coming up over the next few months but to summarise why I think it’s the perfect city break, these are my top 5 things to LOVE about Budapest:

1. ARCHITECTURE

The amount of stunning buildings in Budapest is honestly breathtaking, everywhere you look another building manages to catch your eye.

From Gothic turrets to the twinkling chain bridge – every structure in Budapest is a work of art – even the metro stations manage to feel authentic and unique to Budapest!

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2. CULTURE

There’s SO much to do – the thermal baths are of course a massive highlight. We tried the Szechenyi Baths and after seeing countless bloggers posts about them, they definitely didn’t disappoint. I also heard that the Gellert Baths are great too if you want to try somewhere a bit less ‘touristy’.

But aside from the baths, there’s so many museums, markets and galleries – my favourite of which was The Hospital in The Rock museum which is well worth a visit!

We also took a 1 hour cruise along the river to see all of the beautiful sites on an evening, which is another thing I would highly recommend. 

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3. VIEWS

This one largely ties into the beautiful architecture but it really deserved it’s own mention due to the fact that there’s a few fantastic lookout points that offer some of the most fascinating views of urban landscapes that I’ve ever come across.

My 3 favourites were St. Stephen’s Basilica, Fisherman’s Bastion and Gellert Hill – and I personally feel like it’s worth visiting all 3 as each offers a totally different aspect over the city. 

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4. HISTORY

Budapest is seeping in history, from the buildings, to the traditions, to the local recipes.

I found their history with the Nazi’s particularly interesting and The Jewish Quarter – now a cool, modern area brimming with laidback coffee shops and restaurants – still retains a lot of that history and integrity.

The ruin bars that Budapest is so famed for are like nothing else I’ve ever come across and are evidently a direct result of the city’s vibrant history so another absolute must visit! 

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5. FOOD FOOD FOOD

Of course, it wouldn’t be my blog without an ode to all the incredible food that I consumed whilst on my trip. It’s really something special in Budapest and totally different to anywhere else that I’ve visited.

They actually use a lot of really simple ingredients in their local cuisine but the richness of the flavours is astounding. A word of advice: order all paprika everything.

Expect to see numerous foodie posts on Budapest coming soon but if I had to give my favourite restaurant right now, it would hands down be Hungarikum Bisztro and my favourite dish would have to be chicken paprikash! 

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This is just a small summary of a few of the main reasons that I fell in love with Budapest but there are millions and zillions more.

It’s also pretty cheap (compared to some European cities), the locals were friendly on the whole and the transport systems were cheap and really well-run and efficient. 

I can’t wait to share more about it with you! 

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