When in Budapest…

A week ago I was on my way back to England from a great trip in Budapest with my husband.  I thought I would write a post about some of the highlights from my perspective that I would highly recommend after my recent trip.  It was the first time that either of us had been to Hungary.

Some of my recommendations that spring to mind are:

Use the Hop On, Hop Off bus.

Tickets are valid for 48 hours.  The company that we used had two different bus routes (we used one on each of the two days) plus tickets for a river cruise as well.

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In my mind this is a great way to get a good feel for the city before exploring independently.

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Try a ‘hot’ Kurtőskalács.

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We tried this Hungarian pastry twice, and the second time it was freshly prepared and still hot and really good.

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Take in Budapest via bicycle.

For a completely different perspective hire a bike for half a day or a day.  We started off on the Pest side and then headed over the Liberty bridge to the Buda side and rode all the way down the edge of the Danube river looking back to the Pest side.

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Have a decadent cake and coffee in a coffee house.

After burning off calories riding around the city, put them all back on by going to a coffee house and having a piece of cake with a coffee for good measure.

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Try the local wine and pálinka.

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Go to one of the bath houses.

It was a tough decision on which bath house to pick but we did eventually make a decision and I’m very glad we made the effort to go. Not only did we test out most of the indoor pools, we even ventured outside as well.  It was a slightly strange sensation to make a dash to the pool in the cold and then get into really hot water (at least in one of the pools, that recommended you stay there for only 20 minutes).

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  • Ken Powell

    What happens when you encounter a bus in the bus/cycle lane? :)

    • http://www.wanderingsheila.com/ Cathy

      Good question, not sure as it didn’t happen to us and I think we were fortunate that it didn’t :-)

    • Tamás

      It is quite new that you can use the bus lane for biking. There are no exact rules, but the local transportation company asks the bikers to drive on the right side, check if a bus is coming and let them go (you can simply stop at the next cross) besides this you have to wait for the bus to leave the bus stop first and then you can go ahead. However it may sounds complicate, do not hesitate to rent a bike in Budapest :)

      • http://www.wanderingsheila.com/ Cathy

        Thank you Tamás for giving us more information about bike riding in Budapest. I certainly recommend it as a must-do activity in the city :-)

  • anne

    What a super trip , great tips and a very interesting pastry :-) It looks huge ,x

    • http://www.wanderingsheila.com/ Cathy

      Thanks Anne. I’d glad you liked the tips. The pastry was interesting – I’m glad I had my husband to share it with xx

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