{Travel} Highlights of Budapest

It’s been over six weeks since I returned from a girls weekend to Budapest. It was an impromptu journey that I wanted to include in our packed itinerary for my friends visit. A friend had come to visit me at the end of February and we had planned to visit Cyprus. But as I am never one to misuse a moment I included Budapest to our itinerary. It was the best decision ever and though we were limited on time, we made use of it wisely. I still remember the visit like it was yesterday because Budapest truly left that kind of mark on me.

Budapest is Hungary’s capital city and one of Europe’s most underestimated destinations. It’s a city that once you visit {dependent on your view} will leave a lasting impression on you. I will be honest when we arrived it was late afternoon and I was so shuttered we didn’t get to do much. One thing we did do after checking into our hotel was cruising on the Danube River and seeing Budapest at night. It certainly is an experience I will not be forgetting any time soon nor do I wish to. Today I thought I share with you what I considered to be the highlights of Budapest.

Highlights of Budapest ~ 24hrs in #Budapest 

Citadella is a fortification sitting on the Gellert Hill offering panoramic views of Budapest and it’s eight bridges. The Citadel offers much history in its walls ranging from Austro-Hungarian coalition to Soviet invasion. It was a true honour to visit one of the high points of the city and experience such a view.

St Stephen’s Basilica 

Would you believe that this Roman Catholic Church was literally behind the apartment suit we’d booked? I was totally surprised to find that out and the even more pleasant surprise was the view from the apartment. Whilst it was big a glimpse it was a well worth it one and definitely a beautiful sight. St Stephen’s Basilica is the third largest church in Hungary and was named after the first king of Hungary.

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The Hungarian Parliament 

It was easy to see why the Assembly of Parliament is the most popular tourist destinations in Budapest. It’s spectacularly beautiful during the day but even more so at night. Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, it’s the largest building in Hungary as well as the tallest in Budapest. I could have been happily sat across the Danube staring at the oldest parliamentary buildings in Europe.

The Chain Bridge 

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a modern engineering wonder opened in 1849 which spans the River Danube connecting Buda and Pest. I got the opportunity to view the bridge both at night and during the day, and let me just say it’s better at night. All the lighting made all the difference and whilst its beautiful during the day, it’s even better at night. The suspension bridge is an iconic structure in Budapest and has contributed to the vast improvement of Budapest’s economy.

Royal Palace or Buda Castle

In 1987 the Castle was declared a heritage site, Buda Castle or Royal Palace as it is known is an impressive place to explore. I had the pleasure of seeing it both at night and during the day and let me just say it’s spectacular. Whilst I do not know much about Buda Castle I found reading this page interesting.

One of the many highlights of Budapest was visiting the Lukács Thermal Bath where we spent over 5 hours. I say it was a highlight of our visit because it was just everything we wanted and more. I know many people speak of the Széchenyi Thermal Bath but I can assure you Lukács Thermal Bath is just as amazing.

If you’ve visited Budapest before, what would you have included in your highlights of Budapest?

  • Adriana

    I’m dying to visit Budapest! I just want to travel everywhere haha – gorgeous pictures, making me want to go!!!

  • Annie Bean

    I would absolutely love to visit here. My mum and dad went a few years ago and they had such a good time

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I have always wanted to visit Budapest as it always looks so beautiful, it sound like you had a great time x

  • mummyslittlemonkey

    I haven’t managed to make it to Budapest yet – it’s on my ‘must do’ list though, definitely want to try out those famous spas! x

  • I visited Budapest in September and it was absolutely stunning! I loved all of your highlighted places and we loved our spa day too. I would love to go back again x

  • I’ve only traveled through Budapest at night and didn’t see anything. Need to visit it one day again 🙂

  • Anamika Ojha

    I love the architecture of the St Stephen’s Basilica! My friend went to Budapest last year and totally loved it! Hope to visit there soon!

    • I was in awe of St Stephen’s Basilica and hope to take better pictures of it next time I visit

  • I hope you get the chance one day

  • I have never been to Budapest before but it looks truly beautiful.

    • It is an amazing place and has so much to offer

  • Such beautiful photos, I really want to visit Budapest! xo

  • Helen Clark

    I haven’t been to Budapest before but it looks such a beautiful place. I love seeing the photos of it all lit up on a night.

    • The best views I think are at night in all it’s glory

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Budapest for some time now. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I hear it’s a pretty affordable city.

    • It’s very affordable for sure.

  • Andrea Broom

    how awesome is this, I have wanted to go for a while now it is def on my bucket list. and going with girlfriends sounds like a great idea.

    • It sure is, as much as I love solo traveling having someone there is always awesome too

  • alicia nicole 💋 ✨

    I’ve always wanted to go to Budapest. It’s on my travel bucket list. Your photos make me want to go even more 🙂

    • Aww I hope you visit soon

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    Budapest is at the top of my travel bucket list. I hope to make it there soon!

    • And you will I am sure

  • Jaime Nicole

    I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Budapest. Your pictures are so lovely – I want to go even more now!

    • Aww hope it happens for you too luv

  • I have never been to Budapest. Would love to visit.

    • Hope to you get the chance

  • I loved being in Budapest, I’ve not been for a few years so would love to head back there soon x

    • It’s a beautiful place that sticks with you years later

  • Melanie Williams

    This seems to be a very on trend place to visit, I am hearing about it everwhere. Can see why it looks lovely 🙂 x

    • Oh it’s definitely getting the attention it deserves

  • Kara

    I have never considered visiting Budapest but it looks beautiful, your pictures are stunning. I think I would spend hours in the thermal baths too

    • Thanks Kara, I enjoyed the thermal baths the most as well as the night cruise

  • Thats awesome you went to Budapest. You did a great travel recap.

  • My Teen Guide

    Those buildings are so beautiful! I dream of seeing St. Stephen’s Basilica in all its grandeur. I wish I would have an opportunity to visit Hungary at least once in my lifetime!

    • And I pray one day you do because it’s an amazing place

  • I am not surprised that the thermal bath was the highlight of your trip because honestly I can’t wait to try one out. I really want to go to Budapest x

    • I know right, we sat there for hours just going from thermal room to the next

  • I have never visited Budapest before but would love to! 🙂

    • Hope you get to one day soon

  • Dina

    Beautiful pictures. I’ve never visited Budapest but now I want too.

  • Looks like an incredible place to visit!

  • Budapest is one of my favorite places that I’ve ever visited before. I’d love to go back to see more!

  • Deimarys Colon

    I just LOVE how it looks during the night. it has this magical touch I can’t get enough off.

    • My sentiments exactly

  • Pam

    I have heard that Budapest is a cool place to visit. That thermal spa sounds amazing and I would like to see the chain bridge!

    • Both are totally worth the visit and the view of and from the chain bridge is spectacular

  • Ola Broom

    I love posts like this, because I wouldn’t know what to do in a place like Budapest. The evening photo of the royal palace is just stunning.

    • Thanks Ola, definitely made my day

  • Fave Focus

    I’ve always heard of budapest and never knew what the big deal was until reading this post! It looks so amazing!! Must add it to my travels.

    • I have glad to hear that, it’s a beautiful city

  • Jemma

    Wow what an incredible city, your photographs look truly amazing!

    • Thank you so much

  • I can’t even image what a great experience this was. It looks and sounds amazing. I would love to see for myself one day.

    • Hope you get the chance and it’s absolutely worth it

  • Tina Butler

    Budapest looks like a beautiful place to visit. I have never been out of the country so I don’t think I will ever get to visit. Your adventures in Budapest look so fun and interesting though.

    • Aww never say never, it might happen one day

  • Ellie Augustin

    This looked like the most amazing trip. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures!

    • I am glad to Ellie, thanks for stopping by

  • Doria Miyata Murphy

    Wow, it looks like you had an amazing time! We haven’t been to Budapest yet, but it’s on our list 😉

    • Yes we did and honestly can not wait to revisit

  • Kristen Koehler

    Budapest is definitely on my bucket list! Sounds like a great visit and your photography is beautiful!

    • Thank you so much Kristen, it’s a must visit for sure

  • Lauren Porter

    This looks amazing! I have wanted to go for ages – this has made me want to go even more! x

    • Awww, I hope you get the chance love

  • Shannon Buchanan

    Beautiful pictures! I never realized there was so much to do and see there.

    • Oh there is and thanks

  • Wow! Your photos are so beautiful. Budapest isn’t somewhere that I would think about to plan a vacation, but from your experience, it’s definitely worth considering.

    • I hear that a lot from people, definitely underrated but worth the visit

  • This looks like a beautiful location. I have never traveled there but from what you have shared I am definitely interested now!

    • Oh I am glad to hear that and good luck to you

  • I just love all your photos. They make me wish I could travel to Budapest soon. The Thermal Bath sounds wonderful.

    • The Thermal Bath was totally the highlight for us, couldn’t get enough

  • Christy Maurer

    I’m sure it is an amazing place to visit even though it isn’t one of the first places you think to visit! I would love to visit that basilica!

    • Oh absolutely I truly believe it’s so underrated by many but once you there it’s totally worth it

  • I agree with you that Budapest isn’t one of the more popular places to visit, but hey – I’m sure it will not disappoint. I am so envious coz you got that super nice view from your room. Are you planning to visit Budapest any time soon?

    • Not sure when I will be heading back but maybe next year

  • Melanie Edjourian

    Budapest does sound like an amazing place to visit that Palace really does look spectacular at night with all those lights!

    • I know right, I was in awe throughout

  • Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding place to visit Budapest is, I would definitely love to visit for myself one day.

    • And I bet you will love it when you do

  • Robin Rue

    I have always wanted to go to Budapest. It sounds like such an amazing city and I would love to visit someday.

    • It truly is a magnificent place to visit

  • Candy Kage

    I have never been to Budapest and really never thought about visiting. The buildings are beautiful, I am a sucker for anything historical. You photos show it off really well.

    • Aww glad to hear that and yes it’s truly amazing and carries so much history

  • Connie

    These places look beautiful! Definitely on my travel list now.

  • Jhilmil D Saha

    Have never been there..now I think I should plan a vacation
    with my family

    • And I bet y’all will have a lovely time too

  • Devina Vadera

    Ive never been but would love to visit! I will def book mark this for the future.

    • You should definitely visit, it’s one to see at least once