Having just returned from a 4 day trip to Budapest and I've been so excited to share it with you guys! Firstly, if you're looking for a cheap city break then Budapest is for you, we managed to get flights for £17 each way (!!) and there are so many beautiful hotels around the city at a fraction of the cost of the average hotel!
The city is split into two halves by the 'Danube' river which features the most beautiful bridges connecting the two sides. We stayed in Pest which is the busier side of the city, where all the bigger shopping areas and the majority of the restaurants, full of businesses big and small it's everything you'd expect from a big city. 'Buda' which lies on the opposite side of the river is full of the beautiful landmarks including the Statue of Liberty situated on Gellért Hill and Buda Castle which both offer the most incredible views of the city!
I always like to make a plan before I go away on a city break, the time always goes so quickly and so I wanted to make sure that I fitted everything in that I wanted to see! Most of the attractions in Budapest are free (another bonus!) for example we climbed up the Buda Castle which was completely free and is open from 6am till midnight, the city looks amazing by night! We climbed up to the top before realising there is a lift...so if you don't fancy the stairs you can still enjoy the view!
The most incredible part of Budapest for me was the architecture, the Keleti Pályaudvar station that was next to our hotel was situated in the most incredible building! Even the larger chain stores looked a lot more suave in their located within these historic buildings!
We had heard a lot about the Great Market Hall and I was desperate to go and look around, sadly we didn't get to purchase any of the food but it was great to look around all the same. Located in a huge two story hall and full of bustling shoppers it was a really great experience. The bottom level of the hall was full of stalls selling fresh local produce, predominantly meats and fruit and vegetables and on the top floor sat some souvenir stalls and lots of food vans offering fresh food to go!
I had heard so much about the ruin bars in Budapest so I was dead set on visiting at least one of these quirky little places during my trip. Over the past 10 years they've been opening one after another in tenement houses and factory buildings then filled full of rejected furniture and quirky designs. Our favourite was Szimpla Kert, which was apparently one of the first to open. The super old car in the back yard covered in stickers was converted into the coolest place to kick back with a cocktail!
For me, no city break is complete without a bit of shopping and when the shops look this good it's so hard to resist! The beautiful Vorosmarty Square was my favourite place to shop, full of high street names nestled amongst designer boutiques - just beautiful!
I could honestly talk about this amazing trip all day, but I guess you'd all get pretty bored but I would recommend this beautiful city 100%!