Hello everyone! If you've been following my videos you know that I was recently fortunate enough to be able to go to Budapest with a group of friends. It was an absolutely amazing trip, and if you'd like to read about my experience or learn about some of the places I visited then keep reading.
Seeing as though we were 8 people on a tight budget, we thought the best option was to rent an AirBnB apartment. We got one in the center of the city, right next to the river. It was on the third floor of an old building, which at first glance seemed pretty worn down. But I liked the rustic feel of it. Inside, the place was huge! We had four separate rooms and a nice kitchen. On the very first day, we took a stroll across one of the bridges to the Buda side of town (Budapest consist of two parts: Buda, the old town, and Pest, the newer part).
We visited the famous Buda Castle, with the national gallery inside it. The castle was gorgeous, but we only went to the gallery part. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't amazing, so the walk across the bridge to the other side of town was very cold and windy. it cleared up a bit the following days though.
The picture to the right here is of my friend Cirkeline, and the one below is of all four girls (excluding me) on the trip. We all go to school together, so it was fun to have some time together in a different setting than usual.
Historical places to go:
- St. Stephens Basilica - we lived right next to this enormous roman-catholic basilica, which is the third largest church in all of Hungary. If you visit please take the time to go inside and see the beautiful interior, where every square inch seems to be decorated in unimaginable detail.
- Buda Castle - The Royal castle is a massive medieval and baroque palace with large parts of the buildings being used by The National Gallery of Hungary. The grounds of this UNESCO world heritage site are also worth taking a walk around.
- St. Matthias Church - Also on the Buda side of the Danube river, this Roman Catholic church is also in the heart of the castle district. It is quite a climb up the hill though, but you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the entire city as well as a few cafes on the top.
- Hungarian National Museum - for a glimpse into the fascinating history of Hungary, this enormous museum has plenty of art, history and archeological finds in its seven permanent exhibitions.
- House of Terror - This historical building is not for everyone. The museum contains exhibits from the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary of the 20th century. It is also a memorial for the victims who were detained, tortured and killed in the building. Although terrifying to learn of the horrors that have taken place there, the museum was beautiful and melancholic and shows an important era in the history of Hungary and Europe.
Budapest is known for its many vintage and second-hand stores, and we definitely explored a bunch of them. Although some were more expensive than others, there is almost certainly something in there for everyone. One of my favorite things is wandering around stores like this, finding weird and wonderful pieces for a steal. One store that was especially good, and a little more expensive than the others, was Retrock. It is also the most famous store of them all.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed. I made a travel journal video on my channel from the trip if you would like to see that If you would like to see more posts like this when I go traveling, please let me know. How do you like the recommendations? Would you ever visit Budapest?