I think one of the hardest things ever is coming back from not writing for a little while and trying to get back into it. I’ve been staring at a blank page for so long trying to remember my actual writing style and how to start off a blog post – so instead of actually doing it, I’m just gonna talk about the fact that I can’t do it.
I think you are able to get a bus or something up to near enough the top of the hill, but I think it’s so much more rewarding when you climb it yourself and you can die a little bit at the top, but whilst looking at the most incredible view I have ever had in my life. Honestly, it was just breath-taking and I wish I could have that view in my eyesight permanently.
TOP TIP: Do not take one bottle of water/juice to share between you and your boyfriend. He will hog the juice and you won’t get any more until you get to the top of the hill. (There is an overpriced little café and lots of tourist market stalls at the top)
With the castle bus, we had the option to hop on and off 3 times; we were given a little map of the places it stopped at and decided where to get off and where to walk to, to make the most of our time in Buda. I’d definitely recommend the castle bus to everyone, although you don’t get the experience of walking up yourself, it saved my feet and my back from an otherwise horrible fate.
TOP TIP: Do not get off the castle bus because an old German couple are complaining that 4 buses have gone past with no room. Stand yo’ ground and do not let those grumpy oldies take your seats without saying thank you.
You cannot go to Budapest and not visit at least one bath house, it would be inhumane. We opted for what is, I think, the most famous of all the bath houses – the Szechenyi bath house. We dedicated a whole day to the baths, so we could relax and sunbathe and accidentally get really burnt cos you fall asleep. We didn’t spend much time in the actual baths but even just being there and taking in the architecture and the beauty was enough.
There’s 3 massive outdoor pools – two thermal baths for just chilling out in, and one for actually swimming with the lane dividers and such. The surrounding slabs are pretty much first come first serve, you grab a sun lounger from a stack and the side and just plonk it wherever you see fit; remember to adjust it with the sun though for optimal tanning opportunities.
This island is a little piece of land in the centre of the Danube which you can access by bridge or boat – there’s some lovely little towers and a fountain that does water displays to various songs. We walked the whole length of the island trying to find the Japanese Garden – we were kind of disappointed by what we found but we aren’t in blossom tree season anymore, so that’s to be expected. We then trekked all the way back down to find the rose garden, which I completely loved because roses are my favourite flower. I did not love the gardeners and builders that stared though.
There’s also a mini zoo on the island, thermal baths and lots and lots of ruins – it’s the perfect place for bloggers and photographers alike to get stuck in and come out with some really beautiful pieces. There’s also the massive Budapest sign which, if you don’t get a photo with, did you even go to Budapest?
TOP TIP: Don’t eat lunch at the first place you come to, it will be crap and make you think you have food poisoning. (For further info, such as the name, please DM me so I actually Google it, otherwise we’ll never know)
If you do even just one thing from this list, let it be Gellert Hill. Honestly, it’s not comparable to anything else. Just the sheer relief you get at the top knowing you’ve worked hard to get there and can appreciate the view in all its glory.
I hope some of you found this little guide useful – I’m still trying to squeeze more content ideas out of my holiday so that it might inspire some of you to take a trip to Budapest! If you do go, tag me in your photos! I’d love to see what everyone else gets up to.
Have you ever been to Budapest?