Some months ago we made a visit to Budapest to celebrate my birthday. It was a short but intense trip in which we made our best to discover and explore as much as we could. Although we may have missed some cool spots, I feel we visited some amazing locations, which are a must if you visit Budapest. Especially if you are staying just 1 or 2 days and would like to bring some nice postcards home 😉
1- Fisherman’s Bastion.
The Fisherman’s bastion seems to be taken out of a Disney film. So white and so perfect! Apart from its beauty and great balconies, it makes an amazing viewing terrace for a breathtaking panorama view of the Danube river and the city of Budapest (Parliament building included, wink!) It’s located right next to the Castle and the Mathias Church within the district I, on the Buda side of the city. The district has a charming and historical atmosphere you will surely love. I was told that this place is pure magic during the sunset, maybe next time I will try it!
2- The Parliament
This is the second largest parliament in Europe and a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Being an iconic symbol of the city, this definitely deserves a visit! We watched the sunset from the Buda side, sitting on the river banks and looking across the Danube:
3- The Chain Bridge
The most well-known Budapest bridge looks stunning at any part of the day. However, we chose to photograph it mainly at night. Go under the bridge, take some shots and then walk along in order to have fantastic parliament and castle views:
4- The Liberty Bridge.
This is pretty by itself, BUT here’s the trick: right in front of it, on the Buda side of the city, you will find a better spot. You will notice that on the hill there are stairs, go climb them up! It’s worth the effort! You will be reworded with this view:
5- The Opera House
The Opera is amazing inside, but what I enjoyed the most were its surroundings! It reminded me of Paris and Buenos Aires at some point.
So this is it, the absolute MUST-SEES… buuut… if you have some extra time, here are 2 more spots that I particularly enjoyed
You’ve probably heard about the ruin bars. And if you haven’t then this is your opportunity to get to know one. I was amazed by its original design, eccentric decoration and unique atmosphere. Be sure to take your camera because you’ll find so many photo props you won’t believe it! We went on a Sunday morning so there was an organic food fair. Entrance is free
7- Dinner night out: Belvárosi Lugas Vendéglő
Delicious typical food for an affordable price, right in front of Stephan’s Cathedral. We loved the mood of this place and the staff was helpful and friendly. If we had stayed another night we would have come back for more. Tip: try the goulash soup!