My Hearts In Budapest – 3 Days In The City

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I went to Budapest two years ago and while we saw the quaint beauty of the Hungarian capital we didn’t explore very much so the weekend just gone saw me spend three days in the city and really find out why people fall in love. Heading there in almost mid-September I was expecting sunshine but nothing prepared me for the 30+ degree heat around the city. While it was lovely I find too much heat can make it a little tough exploring.


When we arrived we opted to get a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus (The Big Bus) because it had one line (so no awkward changing for different routes) and it meant we could get a good view of the city. This was a great way to see everything and work out where we wanted to return to. When you buy a ticket for Big Bus you get the second day for free, a free river cruise and a free night bus tour so it’s great value for money.

Gelato Rosa

When we finished the bus tour in the late afternoon we went to an ice-cream store I’d read a lot about – Gelato Rosa – which creates beautiful rose style ice-creams from between two and four flavours. I spent a lot of time working out what to get and ended up thinking as much about what the ice cream would look like as to what it would taste like (had to think of the photos). The centre of mine is cinnamon, with passionfruit in the middle and chocolate outside. A strange combination of flavours but it worked.

Night Bridge

After dinner in a little Italian restaurant we walked all along the river taking in the sites of Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion across the river in Buda and my absolute favourite the Parliament building on the Pest side. We walked up to Margaret’s Island which is a small island in the middle of the Danube which is mainly recreational and green land but there’s a really cool foundation which at 9pm in the evening plays music with a foundation and light show. It’s really clever and a lovely way to end the evening.

Margaret Island

Our second day was pretty relaxing with our morning spent at one of the cities baths. I had been to Szechenyi Baths last time so this time we headed to Rudas Baths which is on the Buda side just over the Elizabeth Bridge. With our pass we got access to the indoor pools of which there were 5 ranging from 20 degrees to 42 degrees (I couldn’t go in this one!) Sauna’s, Stream Rooms and a freezing cold plunge pool. We opted to have an aroma massage which was so relaxing and was a great way to spend the morning.

Chain Bridge

We jumped on the river cruise afterward which was great as you can get fantastic views of all the landmarks and once we got off we had to get another ice-cream as it was so hot. This time, I opted for a very monochrome ice-cream of nutella, basil and lemon and oreo’s which was so good! Shortly after we took the vertical cable car up to Buda Castle to see the stunning views. From here we walked across to Fisherman’s Bastion before walking all the way down to the river edge and across the Chain Bridge back to Pest where we had dinner.

Buda Castle

Sunday was a far more relaxed day as we walked along and saw the stunning Dohany Street Synagogue which is the largest and main Synagogue in Budapest and it’s just completely stunning. From here we walked to the Great Market where we sampled some Hungarian food and bought some souvenirs. After a slow walk back up along the river, stopping for a snack on the way it was time to make our way back to the airport for our flight home.

Overall I managed to see so much during my trip to Budapest and I know there’s still a whole lot more to do on my return. If you’re heading to the city here’s eight things you have to do.

Have you ever been to Budapest?
September 14, 2016
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  • What an absolutely amazing looking place – this is the second post I’ve seen about Budapest today and now I really want to go. x

  • Jo Wiggins

    I love Budapest, been 3 times now. That ice cream looks amazing, never had one that looks like that before x

  • LaaLaa

    Looks amazing, I notice a lot of people go Budapest and enjoy it. So glad you did too x

  • Christine Dodd

    It’s on my bucket list! I really want to go to the public baths.

  • there is so much stuff to do that i didnt fit everything in when i went!

  • Such a lovely city break. I really want to visit here.

  • Beautyqueenuk

    So many people that I know who have been here fall in love with the city and it does sound and look amazing x

  • fashion-mommy

    I’ve loved your piccies on Instagram, it really is the most stunning of cities.

  • Amanda-Jaied Wathern

    I can’t wait to finally see Budapest for myself it’s been on my bucket list for so long. Also ice cream in the shape of a rose is good enough reason to visit any foreign city in my opinion *haha*. Glad you had a good weekend! x

  • Jessica

    I miss budapest! Next time I come back, I’ll try to stay longer. The flower ice cream is too cute.

  • Mellissa Williams

    I’m going there next month! Which baths do you think are the best? It looks such an interesting place, we will be stopping in Vienna too

  • Angela Milnes

    oh this must have been so fun! I bet the river cruise was fab. I can just imagine all the views you saw.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I haven’t been but would love to visit. It looks like a beautiful place.

  • Budapest is high up on my list to go – the architecture just looks stunning x

  • Ooh the gelato roses look delicious and everyone seems to be going to Budapest this month. It really is up and coming!

  • We would visit just for those rose-style ice-creams!! Looks like a fantastic city!

  • I am off to Budapest tomorrow and I really can’t wait. Thank you for the recommendations, I will be taking most of them up!!

  • Kira L Curtis

    I’ve never been to Budapest but keep hearing such great things about it and I’d love to go! Sounds like you have a completely fun-filled 3 days, how I’d love to do something like this!

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    That ice cream looks incredible!! I would love to go to Budapest

  • Leanne Dolan

    Ive said before that we want to go to budapest and this most has made me want to visit even more!

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Budapest looks like a wonderful city, I really want to go.

  • I have never been to Budapest but I would love to go! Your photos look absolutely amazing and I have to say I am wanting to desperately try one of those ice creams xx

  • Annie Brooks

    I need to go here! This is the 3rd Budapest related post I have read this month! My mum went a few years ago, and all she kept talking about how how beautiful the buildings were.

  • The ice cream looks so pretty and so do the buildings! Glad you had a wonderful time!

    xoxo, Candice

  • Laura

    Budapest looks like a fabulous place to visit and I would LOVE one of those ice creams! xxx

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    It seems like everyone is in Budapest at the moment :). When I went, it was in January and very cold. I would love to go back in summer.

  • Tas D

    I’ve never considered going but it looks so beautiful. It’s so up and coming isn’t it for mini breaks? We might have to look!

  • Laura Dove

    Wow what a beautiful place to visit! Those photos are amazing and that ice cream almost looks too good to eat! It’s on the list of places I’d like to visit..without the children, just got to wait a few years until they all leave home!!

  • Little Steps

    The architecture is just stunning! Budapest is on my list of places to visit, especially if it was that warm 😉 x

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I have never been to Budapest before, it looks beautiful. Those ice-creams look almost too good to eat x

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I don’t think Budapest would have been on my list of places to visit but it definitely is now. Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  • kerry norris

    I love a hop on and hop off bus. Such great ways of seeing a city. Those Rose ice creams are amazing

  • Ickle Pickle

    I have never been – it looks fantastic – I would go there just for those ice creams! Kaz x

  • Gym Bunny Mummy

    This is never somewhere I would have thought to go but it looks stunning. I love the photos of the architecture, and that ice cream, wow!

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