As you guys probably noticed in my previous blog post about my trip to Budapest, you know that I was pretty impressed with the city. I mean how could you not be with views like these!? 😍
So if my last post made you at all interested in visiting Budapest, you might be wondering what exactly you need to be getting into. I’m gonna give you a little help on that one. This post’s going to take you through the things that I think are worth seeing on your Central European escapade. Just note that the city’s pretty small, so I wouldn’t recommend spending more than a couple of days here on a longer trip throughout Europe.
But before I get into that, I want to let you know of the second hotel that we stayed in while visiting Budapest – the Casati Budapest Hotel. Now, if you know anything about me, then you know that I’m a sucker for cute hotel decor. In fact, it’s one of the top things on my list when I’m picking a hotel to stay in during trips. “How Instagrammable is this place on a scale of 1 to 10?”, I’m always asking myself. 🤷🏻♂️
And obviously, Hotel Casati passed the test. As boutique Budapest hotel standards go, this one really shines brighter than the rest. There are four different room styles you can go for – Classic, Cool, Natural, and Heaven. We decided to go for the Natural room for our one-night stay. And I can 100% say that we weren’t disappointed by what we found when we walked into the room.
First of all, to get to the room, there’s an outdoor & enclosed courtyard with tons of greenery that you have to walk through, already giving you those natural vibes. 🌿🌱 The room is designed in a light and minimal way that easily complements the natural world right outside the door.
Oh, and did I mention Casati is a big advocate for the LGBTQ community in Budapest and Hungary? Yeah, that’s 100% a plus in my book. This place is a must if you need a great place to stay in Budapest!
Alright, now let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here are the some of the things you’ve got to get into when you’re in Budapest.
1. The Thermal Baths: If you go to Budapest and don’t take a lil’ dip in a huge thermal bath tub with hundreds of other half-naked humans, then you just did Budapest wrong. Budapest was built on top of tons of naturally occurring thermal springs and over the years, these baths became a pretty big part of the Budapest culture. And trust me, it’s not as weird as it might seem at first 😂. I would suggest either going to the most popular one (the Szechenyi Thermal Bath) or the more Instagrammable one (the Gellert Spa).
2. Ruin Bars: Ever since about 10 years ago, the old Jewish quarter of Budapest used to be in a sorry state of disrepair. Abandoned buildings and rundown lots were more common than proper working and living spaces. So, what better way to put those buildings back into use than turn them into bars? None that I can think of! 🍻👯 These bars are super quirky and full of random items from thrift shops and the attics of Hungarian grandmas. You can find a list here of the best bars to get a bit tipsy at on your Budapest nights.
3. See the Sights: OK, I’m going to put the touristy sights into one point because tbh, there aren’t that many to add to your itinerary. Definitely make room for these 4 on your big Budapest adventure: Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastion (at sunset! 🌅), St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Shoes on the Danube Bank (a powerful Holocaust memorial). Sure, there are other touristy sights to see, but these are the ones are the most worth it, in my humble opinion.
4. Eat some Goulash: You’re going to have to give up your diet for the couple of days you spend in Budapest. That’s just the cruel truth of things. 🤷🏻♂️ One of the traditional Hungarian dishes you’ve definitely got to get into that tummy of yours is goulash. It’s basically a stew of meat & veggies and is chock full of yummy spices. Of course, you’re served white bread alongside it to sop it up, so leave room for all of those carbs! You can work it off later in the gym 😜
5. Thrift Your Heart Out: Thrift shops and flea markets are absolutely everywhere in Budapest, so you’re gonna want to bring some dough to spend. You won’t find crazy cheap items in the main thrift shops – you’re going to have more luck with that at the flea markets. But you’re def going to find some dope pieces if you spend a day or so searching around.
Like I mentioned, Budapest isn’t the biggest city in the world. You can really do all of the things that I listed out in a couple of days! During my trip, I spent the first day seeing the touristy sights, the second day hitting up a thermal bath, and the third checking out the thrift shops. Let me know if you’ve ever been to Budapest or if you’re gonna be there anytime soon! ✌🏼