Saturday, 27 July 2013

An Ode to Budapest

For anyone who doesn't follow me on Twitter / Instagram, then you won't know that I spent last weekend in Budapest, Hungary. I went. I saw. I swooned. What an awesomely beautiful city! With this in mind, I thought I would share some snaps I took whilst there to spread the Hungarian love.

Budapest is actually formed by two cities located on either side of the Danube river: hilly Buda in the west and flat Pest in the east. I stayed at Le Meridien hotel, slap bang in the heart of Pest, and could not have wished for a more ideal location. I used this as my base to explore the city on foot and here's what caught my eye (warning! LOTS of pictures here).

The castles. Oh my goodness, the fairy tale castles! A Disney princess couldn't have wished for a more picturesque setting. This one is Fisherman's Bastion (not actually particularly old, or a castle, but certainly has the wow factor).

Minus Sleeping Beauty?
Vajdahunyad Castle in City Park:

Minus Rapunzel?
Buda Castle. So immense I could only get a full picture of it from down on the Széchenyi Chain Bridge!

Minus Cinderella?
As well as stunning castles and palaces, there are also some other beautiful buildings, notably St Stephen's Cathedral, where I took a trip up to the dome at the top and gazed breathlessly across the city.

I was superkeen to see the Parliament building but when I got there it was encased by fences and a building site - the surrounding area is currently undergoing a facelift. Gah! So I also took a picture of what it's going to look like, according to an artist's impression. I'm helpful like that.

Another amazing view, this one looking from Fisherman's Bastion across the Danube. The Parliament building is on the far left, the cathedral's dome on the right.

There was a temporary ferris wheel on the square right outside our hotel so one night we took a spin around that. We absolutely weren't drunk at the time. Nope.

The wheel / The cathedral viewed from the top of the wheel
Antique and thrift markets are big news in Budapest, you can find anything and everything!

Look closely at the label on the gramophone.. recognise anything?
Here's some statues and monuments. Just 'cos.

Hungry in Hungary? (Boom boom). Here's what you can eat: goulash (delicious!), cheese plate (it's not a holiday without one) and an enormous salted pretzel. Oh yeah!

Sightseeing in a new city is of course very interesting, but my most favourite thing that I did was relaxing at the Szechenyi thermal baths. It was bliss! There are many naturally-heated baths outside as well as inside, all different temperatures, so I made sure to sit in every single one. I then finished off my trip with a massage. Sigh. I want to go back right now!

Let's finish off with some photos of me, me, me. Just to prove I was actually there!

I <3 Budapest!


  1. Beautiful pictures!! I've always wanted to go to Budapest it looks like such a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing pics - makes me wanna go even more now ha :)


    1. Thanks! I really loved it (if that weren't already obvious enough!). You should go, let me know what you think :)

  2. oh what! british castles seem rubbish compared to these!!
    Sophie |

  3. These photos are gorgeous and I would love to visit Budapest! It does look indeed like a fairy tale town and these castles also have a bit of a really cool goth feel to it… like Dracula would live in there. But at the same time it also could be a Disney Princess castle so maybe like… if Cinderella's prince charming was Dracula.. right, I'm not making sense. But it seems to be such a gorgeous place to see :)

    Isabela x

    1. I totally get where you're coming from :)

  4. Fantastic photos!! I've never been to Budapest but have always wanted to as it looks so pretty.

    Jayne x

  5. I've fancied Budapest for a while but haven't had the chance to go yet - your pictures have cemented my desire to get there, it looks lovely!

  6. Fab photos! This city is on my list to visit & now I've seen your post i just want to go even more!
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Happy Tuesday Hun xoxo

    1. You should definitely go. Will check out your blog too :)


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