Greetings from Hungary! I’m currently writing this post at the airport while waiting to catch my plane back to Germany after spending 2 lovely days in Budapest! Budapest is a city that I’ve really wanted to visit for so long, and I originally thought that I would not have enough time/money to be able to go, but a few days ago I found a really good deal on flights though EuroWings (only 110 Euros RT!) and I decided to go for it!! 😀 I was a little bit nervous to be travelling there by myself, but when I arrived I actually found that it was very easy to navigate around, and right when I arrived at my hostel I met some new friends to explore the city with (named Nicole from Australia, Zoey from Holland, Zach from California) and also I got to meet two locals from Budapest named Karolina and Alexandra! 🙂 All in all it was such an incredible time, and I definitely consider this to be one of my favourite destinations in Europe.
On the first day, Zach and I went on a free walking tour of the city, where we got to see all of Budapest’s famous sights- which included Buda Castle, The Chain Bridge, The Hungarian Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and more!
Later in the day, I met up with Karolina, (who is from Budapest). It was so nice getting to hear from her about what her experience living in Hungary is like, and she showed me a really cool ruin pub, where I tried two different types of Hungarian beer! We also went to a local market which had all types of traditional food.
The next morning I went on my own to visit the “House of Terror,” which is a memorial museum dedicated to all of the victims who died as a result of the German and Soviet occupations in Hungary. The museum itself is actually the same building as the original headquarters of the Nazi and Cross Arrow parties used during the war. Inside it also showed some of their old uniforms, along with hundreds of propaganda posters. It was very sad to learn about some of the awful things that happened there, and some parts of it I was actually really scared to walk through. (Part of the exhibit was where you would walk through the building’s dark basement, where the original prison/torture cells were located, and there were also execution rooms with the gallows that were used up until the 1950’s.)
*above pictures not taken by me (Photos were not allowed inside the exhibit.)
After returning to the hostel I met up with Zoey and Nicole, and we decided to spend the afternoon at the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths, where we also went to the spa and got Thai Massages. It was so relaxing being there, and I think we went to a total of 8 out of the 18 spring-fed baths that are located both inside and outside, all of which have various sizes and ranges of temperature. (The hottest one we went in was about +40 C and the coldest was +20 C). A few hours later, we went for dinner, and then I had to head back to the airport. I wish I could have spent more time in Budapest, but I am so happy to have had such a great experience there, and I definitely would want to return to this city some day in the future!!! ❤
& Here are some more pictures from my trip:
Also, shout out to Wombat’s Hostel Budapest– the staff there were actually so awesome, and the location of the hostel was amazing !!! Best place to stay if you’re ever travelling there solo!
Thanks for reading!