My Hearts In Budapest – 3 Days In The City

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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  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    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

    September 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Jo Wiggins

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

    September 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply LaaLaa

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

    September 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Christine Dodd

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

    September 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Nicol Wong

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

    September 15, 2016 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

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

    September 15, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply 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

    September 15, 2016 at 11:08 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

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

    September 15, 2016 at 11:18 am
  • Reply 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

    September 15, 2016 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Jessica

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

    September 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply 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

    September 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply 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.

    September 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

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

    September 15, 2016 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply North East Family Fun

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

    September 16, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

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

    September 16, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Baby Isabella

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

    September 16, 2016 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Secretplussizegoddess

    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!!

    September 16, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply 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!

    September 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

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

    September 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Leanne Dolan

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

    September 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Jessica Dearnley

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

    September 16, 2016 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Charli B

    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

    September 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply 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.

    September 16, 2016 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Candice Nikeia

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

    xoxo, Candice

    September 17, 2016 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Laura

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

    September 18, 2016 at 3:34 am
  • Reply 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.

    September 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply 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!

    September 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply 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!!

    September 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Little Steps

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

    September 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply Newcastle Family Life

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

    September 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm
  • Reply 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!

    September 21, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply kerry norris

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

    September 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Ickle Pickle

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

    September 22, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply 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!

    September 23, 2016 at 3:09 pm
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