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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Travel Guide: Budapest

The 21st birthday celebrations appear to be never-ending. My wonderful boyfriend Rory treated me to a trip to Budapest and I'd been looking forward to it since November. April finally came and we set off for the sunny city. I've been wanting to visit Budapest for the past few years after hearing friends rave about it and I'm so glad I did. It's one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited, crammed full with gorgeous buildings. There are obviously wonderfully designed palaces and churches but the streets themselves are also lined with pretty houses and old lampposts. I can't recommend it enough. 

Budapest Travel Guide

Strudel is a traditional Eastern European layered pastry filled with a sweet fruit filling. We went to Strudel House one morning for breakfast. They had a huge range of differnet flavours and you could see them baking them at the counter. It was really reasonably priced. We got two strudels, a glass of orange juice and a hot drink for about £6 each. I had one apple strudel and one sour cherry whilst Rory opted for one plum and one apricot. They were all absolutely delicious, with the apple being my absolute favourite. The pastry was so light and crisp and the cinnamon flavoured fruit centres were incredible. 

We were very lucky with the weather. It was about 25 degrees and we soaked up the sunshine in sunglasses and short-sleeved t-shirts, which haven’t seen the light of day for many a month in cold, wet England. What’s a holiday without an ice cream? Gelarto Rosa by St. Stephen’s Basilica does beautiful ice creams in the shape of roses (very instagramable). There were so many different flavours to choose from. Rory and I were a bit dubious of the olive oil or pumpkin seed gelatos so we picked hazlenut, oreo and nutella. Rory also had vanilla because he’s boring.   

On our second night we went to TG Italiano. The pizza there was absolutely delicious, super thin, super crispy and with plenty of cheese. They also had an extensive cocktail menu which we sampled dutifully. The Pina Coladas were phenomenal and the Long Island Iced Teas were strong.

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You can get a great view of the whole city from this white stone terrace. It's complete with disney-style turrets and beautiful arches that make for great photographs. Apparently Disney got the idea for their castle from fisherman's bastion which explains the fairytale feel of the place, especially on a beautiful summer's day. 

The Neo-Gothic architecture of the Hungarian Parliament Building is incredibly magnificent and beautiful. It's huge but you can walk around the the whole building. I'd highly recommend visiting and taking a moment to appreciate the intricacy of the many windows, sculptures and spires. 

Surprise surprise, another beautiful building. What stood out so suddenly upon seeing the Matthias Church were the beautiful mosaics that coated the roof. The classic white church was topped with beautiful tiles in earthy tones. It was unlike anything I'd ever seen before.

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On our first morning we ambled over to Vorosmarty Square to start a tour of the city. Whenever I visit a new city I like to go on a free walking tour. You can pay whatever you want through tips depending on your budget and what you thought it was worth. The tour was really great quality and our tour guide was so knowledgable about the city. It meant that we saw most of the major sights in one morning and really helped us to get our bearings of the city for the remainder of the trip.

The outside of St. Stephen's Basilica is obvsiously beautiful but I'd highly recommend you take a look inside to. The architecture and decoration is completely stunning. There are beautiful stained glass windows, patterned gold arches and magnificent domed ceilings decorated with pastel portraits

On our last morning we visited The House of Terror. This is a museum with exhibits relating to the fascist and communist regimes of 20th-century Hungary. It was incredibly heartbreaking but really fascinating if your'e interested in the history of the city. A queue builds up quite quickly so I'd recommend arriving for when it opens so you don't have to stand around for too long.

Travel Guide: Budapest

After spending a few days in Budapest we really didn't want to leave. It did however get us excited for all the other beautiful places we'd like to visit one day. What's your favourite city?


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