There are cities that just capture you. Their memories will always haunt you until you return one day. That is the way Budapest is for me. We got into our hostel in the afternoon – Instant Groove! Party Hostel. Now, we knew what we were getting into when we booked a “Party Hostel”. What we didn’t know was that “Instant” (pronounced insht-ah-nt) was one of the hottest clubs in town. We didn’t have to leave to find one of the most famous ruin pubs in Budapest – we were staying in one! The people and the party came to us! But more on that later.
The first thing that we did after settling in is just take a nice walk through the city. We were staying in the “Pest” section of Budapest which is separated from “Buda” by the beautiful Danube. So we walked through town down to the water and crossed the Chain Bridge to the other side. We spent the evening strolling the water before finding a place to sit for dinner.
The Chain Bridge with the Palace in the background!
The view from the other side of the Chain Bridge!
While many of the cities we’ve been to have Palaces, churches, and really cool architecture, Budapest had its own very unique versions. Every time I passed a building I was like cooooooool. The city just had a great vibe.
That night we drank with some people at our hostel. It’s really really easy to meet people at a party hostel! Unfortunately, traveling days exhaust us so we went down to the club but only for a little bit. The music vibrates the rooms until 6a.m. but because of my exhaustion I fell asleep right at 2 a.m. when I hit the sack! It was a beautiful first day!
The next day Rachael and I planned a nice walk through town. Our first stop was the Museum of Applied Arts where they had an assortment of “arts”that were also regular things? Like decorated spoons, painted pots but unfortunately some things just seemed really normal like this chair:
But the building was beautiful (as all the buildings were)
After our museum trip we went to the market and spent a while perusing booths. The bottom floor was a farmer’s market and then the top floor was touristy type things – clothes, mugs etc. We regret not buying something in hindsight.
Next we sat down at an outdoor restaurant for some quick lunch…which went horribly awry when a bird pooped on Rachael’s head and all over the table! It was really disgusting. And really funny. With karma on our side we crossed the water to visit one of the famous bathhouses in Budapest. It’s a really popular thing to do here to go to a bathhouse and bathe in the water or get a massage but because we were on a student budget we just looked at the building from the outside. Another reason why I need to go back!
Then we walked along the water, seeing even more cool buildings, some built into the ledge:
And then we crossed the Chain Bridge again back to the other side:
That’s the view from the Chain Bridge looking up the hill.
Then we took the long way back to the hostel walking through a very touristy part of town where people kept trying to sell me things and I had to pay 150 forint to use the McDonald’s toilet. But then I think we had some cheap dinner? (My memory is failing me) and then bought a few drinks to bring back to the hostel.
From the hostel there was a free bar crawl! We convinced a couple people from the hostel to go with us. The tour took us to a couple great ruin pubs in Budapest before bringing us back to Instant (remember it’s the coolest club in town) We made so many great friends that night!! These are our French friends:
And these are some of our Brazilian friends:
We went to great places with great people and it was amazing! Oh, and Instant was everything we thought it would be. It’s never been so easy for me to meet people in my life. I would walk between rooms and meet 3 people along the way asking where I am from and what I’m doing in Budapest. I kept leaving and meeting back up with my friends throughout the night as I met so many people and before I knew it, it was 5a.m. So I went to bed but it was such a memorable night – something I’ll never forget.
The next day we visited the Basilica which was amazing outside:
But the inside! OOOH goodness. I was in awe. It was one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever walked through. It was just incredible:
Stunning, right?? But you had to be there! (Can you tell I’m in love with Budapest yet?) I’ll continue:)
Then we made the huge trek up the hill to visit the Palace grounds. But not before seeing Budapest in ALL ITS BEAUTY GAH.
You can see the Chain Bridge behind me on the right and the Palace on the left!
This is the view from the top of the hill! Budapest is SO BEAUTIFUL RIGHT?!
Here’s the stunning Cathedral:
And a creepy government building?
And a couple more photos we took from the surrounding areas:
This is real life people!!!!!
And if you didn’t think things could get better: THERE IS A STREET NAMED AFTER ME IN BUDAPEST:
Oh and guess what else, I HAVE A BAR AND CAFE!!!! FATE IS TELLING ME I BELONG HERE. okay. Sorry about the caps. You understand what I feel though maybe:
We were the only people in the place…but we stayed for a couple drinks and it was really fun. Unfortunately, we made the horrible mistake of not peeing before leaving the place so as we were walking back to the hostel we were keeled over because of our bladders so we stumbled into the nearest bar begging them to use their toilet. The bar had about 4 seats and they were all filled and the people were SO FRIENDLY. They had one bathroom and we started talking to them about life and stuff. We wanted to thank them for letting us use their toilet and for being genuinely amazing people so we bought the cheapest thing they had which was a shot of Hungarian liquor that tasted very strongly of plum. It was surprisingly delicious and as we walked home we were buzzing and happy. And not only that the LIGHTING WAS PERFECT. It was honestly one of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen as I walked home along the Danube and across the bridge. I took as many pictures as I could but pictures DON’T CAPTURE THESE KINDS OF THINGS.
Here are the photos anyways:
Parliament across the water – THIS IS SUCH A CRAP PHOTO COMPARED TO HOW IT LOOKED. A
I can’t even. Click this picture to make it bigger please.
This photo is probably as close as it gets – at least you can tell how happy I am. This was a stunning place.
When we got back to the hostel we found that a couple of the receptionists and others were going to a concert so we joined them and listened to some live music over drinks. Because our bus to Croatia was at 6:15a.m. we decided to do basically the same thing we had done the night before: pull an all-nighter and then catch our bus in the morning.
And that’s exactly what we did. We went to Szimpla, another very famous ruin pub, and had just an amazing night. Again I met SO MANY PEOPLE. I would leave to go to the bathroom and come back with 3 new friends. It was just an incredible thing. AND we met back up with some people we had met the night before. There are so many stories from this night I couldn’t possibly type all of them so if you really care I guess you could ask me in person but it may just be a night that will forever live in my memory and I’m okay with that. One thing kind of incredible, when we returned from szimpla to instant to get our things I ran into my flatmate FROM GLASGOW. BUDAPEST IS MAGICAL PEOPLE LIKE HOW?
Before we even left Budapest we were talking about how we would miss it. I wonder if i came back if I would have such a positive experience again. Maybe I’m just young and came in the perfect time in my life. Either way, this is the only place on our trip where I really really really wish we could stay longer – a week or two weeks more. Seriously. I had that much fun. And I did not see everything that Budapest has to offer. Not even close.