BUDAPEST

As a solo traveller in Budapest the first thing I did was the free city walking tour. It was great to get my bearings, learn some history from a local and meet some other travellers (the twenty-something Kiwis and Aussies found each other, naturally).img_3502img_3261

I loved the baths! We went to Széchenyi Thermal Bath, the most popular of the many thermal baths in the city. Over 100 years old, it was beautiful. Thankfully they had a cold pool as the air temperature was a bit too hot to sit in the thermal waters for too long!

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I spent a day on the Buda side of the river, exploring the Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion (a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style) and visited the Hungarian National Gallery to see the Frida Khalo exhibit. So good!

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On the Pest side, I went to St Stephen’s cathedral, visited the Parliament building (incredible), walked up to Heroes Square and wandered the inner streets a lot.

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The ‘Shoes on the Danube’ memorial, a trail of iron footwear, stands as a monument to the thousands of Jews executed along the riverbank. Very sombre.

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A short bus ride from the city took me to Memento Park – an open air museum full of the old Soviet statues that were removed from the centre city after the fall of communism. Eerie, but fascinating!

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Stalin’s boots are all that remain of the statue after protesters sawed him off at the knees during the 1958 revolution:

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I loved the food here, my favourite spots to remember for eating/ drinking are:

  • Szimply for great breakfast, and it’s sister Kontakt across the alley for great coffee
  • A La Maison for brunch
  • Fruccola, great healthy options if you’re needing a break from goulash …
  • Flow – great place for lunch and good coffee
  • Zeller Bistro – probably the best dining experience I’ve ever had. Garden setting, great food, FREE Eldersecco (elderflower prosecco) on arrival.
  • Gelato Rosa – ice cream shop right by St Stephen’s cathedral
  • Szimpla Kert – the craziest ruin bar located in an abandoned warehouse, also has a farmers market on Sundays!

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Shopping:

  • Nanushka, a great local womens boutique with a cute coffee shop inside
  • Dagminell – beautiful Danish clothing boutique near to St Stephen’s cathedral
  • Vintage stores! Retrock and Szputnyik in the centre city were great

From Budapest I took the train 45 minutes north to the riverside town of Szentendre, one of the most popular spots for a day trip out of the city. It was a bit of a drizzly day but even so, full of galleries, quirky shops and plenty of restaurants it was a nice break from busy Budapest!

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