{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. Budapest is such a beautiful city there is so much to do, all you need is to use your time wisely.

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.

highlights of Budapest

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?

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  1. Adriana
    April 17, 2017 / 9:23 pm

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

  2. Annie Bean
    April 17, 2017 / 8:40 pm

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

  3. Newcastle Family Life
    April 17, 2017 / 1:55 pm

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

  4. mummyslittlemonkey
    April 17, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    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

  5. April 17, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    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

  6. April 17, 2017 / 10:51 am

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

  7. Anamika Ojha
    April 17, 2017 / 1:33 am

    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!

    • April 17, 2017 / 9:36 am

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

  8. April 16, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I hope you get the chance one day

  9. April 16, 2017 / 2:45 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      It is an amazing place and has so much to offer

  10. April 15, 2017 / 9:40 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      Thanks Rachel

  11. Helen Clark
    April 15, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:56 pm

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

  12. April 15, 2017 / 3:15 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      It’s very affordable for sure.

  13. Andrea Broom
    April 15, 2017 / 4:15 am

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:56 pm

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

  14. alicia nicole 💋 ✨
    April 15, 2017 / 4:12 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Aww I hope you visit soon

  15. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz
    April 14, 2017 / 11:25 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      And you will I am sure

  16. Jaime Nicole
    April 14, 2017 / 10:37 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Aww hope it happens for you too luv

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:55 pm

      Hope to you get the chance

  17. April 14, 2017 / 11:22 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

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

  18. Melanie Williams
    April 14, 2017 / 9:49 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Oh it’s definitely getting the attention it deserves

  19. Kara
    April 14, 2017 / 9:11 am

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:54 pm

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

  20. April 14, 2017 / 8:15 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you Kiwi

  21. My Teen Guide
    April 14, 2017 / 6:09 am

    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!

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:53 pm

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

  22. April 14, 2017 / 12:11 am

    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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:52 pm

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

  23. April 13, 2017 / 11:19 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Hope you get to one day soon

  24. Dina
    April 13, 2017 / 9:49 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      Thanks Dina

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      It is for sure

  25. April 13, 2017 / 9:04 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Same here

  26. Deimarys Colon
    April 13, 2017 / 8:51 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      My sentiments exactly

  27. Pam
    April 13, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    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!

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:51 pm

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

  28. Ola Broom
    April 13, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks Ola, definitely made my day

  29. Fave Focus
    April 13, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:50 pm

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

  30. Jemma
    April 13, 2017 / 5:41 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Thank you so much

  31. April 13, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:48 pm

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

  32. Tina Butler
    April 13, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Aww never say never, it might happen one day

  33. Ellie Augustin
    April 13, 2017 / 3:44 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      I am glad to Ellie, thanks for stopping by

  34. Doria Miyata Murphy
    April 13, 2017 / 3:26 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Yes we did and honestly can not wait to revisit

  35. Kristen Koehler
    April 13, 2017 / 2:42 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:47 pm

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

  36. Lauren Porter
    April 13, 2017 / 2:41 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Awww, I hope you get the chance love

  37. Shannon Buchanan
    April 13, 2017 / 2:34 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Oh there is and thanks

  38. April 13, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:47 pm

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

  39. April 13, 2017 / 1:53 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:46 pm

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

  40. April 13, 2017 / 1:31 pm

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:46 pm

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

  41. Christy Maurer
    April 13, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    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!

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:45 pm

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

  42. April 13, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    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?

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:45 pm

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

  43. Melanie Edjourian
    April 13, 2017 / 11:56 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      I know right, I was in awe throughout

  44. April 13, 2017 / 11:37 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      And I bet you will love it when you do

  45. Robin Rue
    April 13, 2017 / 10:20 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      It truly is a magnificent place to visit

  46. Candy Kage
    April 13, 2017 / 7:26 am

    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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

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

  47. Connie
    April 13, 2017 / 6:39 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Glad to hear it

  48. Jhilmil D Saha
    April 13, 2017 / 5:45 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:43 pm

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

  49. Devina Vadera
    April 13, 2017 / 5:14 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 5:42 pm

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

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