My boyfriend and I both turned 21 in the same year and we wanted to celebrate by doing something extra special. The only problem was, we were both full-time students at university at the time, so money was super tight.
A short getaway in a random European city seemed like the perfect idea. We chose Budapest as neither of us had been before and it looked amazing.
It did not disappoint! I have honestly never seen such gorgeous buildings and architecture, and the atmosphere was so friendly.
*Feature image is not my own, it’s from Lonely Planet!
How did we get there?
Easyjet. Cheap and cheerful. It’s surprising how cheap you can get flights. I have the app on my phone and they regularly have offers!
Where did we stay?
Keeping the cheap and cheerful theme alive, we decided to stay in a hostel in Pest. It was in the heart of everywhere we wanted to go and what we wanted to experience in our short time there.
What did we do?
A boat trip up the Danube River
We went in March, so the weather was a bit touch and go, so this boat trip was perfect. We sailed up the beautiful Danube River in a boat with a glass ceiling to shelter us from the rain. The river runs in the middle of Buda and Pest, and allows you to easily see loads of amazing sights. Including the gorgeous parliament building, Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue.
Great Market Hall
Lucky for us, we went whilst there was a market on in Budapest’s famous Great Market Hall. It honestly had everything! From fresh fruit and veg, to Hungarian clothing and trinkets and amazing snacks.
Walking around beautiful Buda
Buda is stunning. We walked across Chain Bridge to get from Pest to Buda, and we walked all the way around hilly Buda viewing the amazing Castle and views below.
Thermal baths – a must!!
This was my favourite part of the trip. Swimming around in the outdoor pool, to moving inside to the (weird smelling) magnesium pools, it was the most amazing experience and helped us both relax after some stressful months at uni.
We went to a giant warehouse bar called Szimpla Kert, and it had everything from benches that were actually bathtubs, to old fairground rides as tables. The drinks were yummy and everything was so crazy, it kind of felt like Alice in Wonderland!
The trip was incredible and I loved every moment (well, apart from the delayed flight home!). There is honestly so much to do, plus the food and culture are quite something to behold.
If you’re looking to go somewhere a little different, that isn’t too expensive or far away from home then Budapest is a great option!