Hello everyone! I’ve been a bit MIA these past few weeks and that’s because I’ve been all over the place (literally)! Our 3-week trip started in Vienna, Austria and included a day-trip to Budapest, Hungary. After that, we headed to Armenia for the remainder of the trip! This post is all about the day we spent in Budapest, and I’m super excited to tell you all about our experience in this beautiful city!
Since Budapest is such a large city filled with many things to do and see, we decided it would be better to go with a small tour group. I’m usually against traveling with tour groups because I prefer exploring on my own, but since we only had one day, we wanted to make the most of it! We drove in a van with a group of about 6 people from Vienna and arrived in Budapest after just a few hours.
The first stop on our tour was the highest point of the city! We stopped here to take pictures (of course) and also to see an overview of the two parts of the city. On the left is Buda, the more residential, green area, and on the right is Pest, the more city-like area. The view was absolutely breathtaking – I can’t even count how many pictures I took!
There’s me looking out to this amazing view and wishing I could stay here all day! The pictures don’t do it justice, but it was definitely one of the most amazing views I’d ever seen.
The next stop on the tour was the Castle District in Buda. We were only allowed 30 minutes in this area before we had to move on, which was not enough time at all! I would have stayed in this part of the city for hours to see all of the beautiful buildings! The church is absolutely stunning and the architecture really blew me away, especially the tile roof. I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I kept wanting to take pictures from every single angle!
Here are a few more pictures of the surrounding streets that were filled with cafes and shops. There is also a Labyrinth under the Castle District where “Count Dracula” was once imprisoned; many people go into the maze-like cave and spend hours trying to find their way out. I don’t know if I would be up for this, but it sounds pretty interesting (and creepy). So, make sure to carve out a good amount of time for this bit of the city – you won’t regret it!
One thing I really enjoyed about the tour group was the historical information and stories we learned from our tour guide. He told us many stories about the bridges that connect Buda and Pest, and how important the perfection of the bridge was to the architect who built it. Our tour guide also gave us a lot of background on Budapest during the drive from Vienna, and it’s nice to know some information about the city before seeing it first hand!
The last stop on our tour was Pest, and we basically had a few hours to explore the streets on our own and get some lunch! I didn’t take many pictures here since we spent most of our time eating (hehe), but I did get a few shots:
The Pest area of the city was a very typical European style. We did some shopping around in the streets and grabbed lunch before it started raining and we had to head back to the van. I definitely enjoyed the Castle District of Budapest the most, and I would love to go back and spend more time there. Overall, I would say that one day is not enough time to see all of Budapest, but if you narrow down your list then it is doable! I enjoyed this day-trip and am really glad I got to see a little bit of the city.
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