Sunday, 24 April 2016

Wanderlust Wishes | Budapest

Budapest, Wanderlust, Travel

Of course it's not all foie gras and fine wines. There are other pleasures, just as awesome. Maybe, maybe even more awesome. - Anthony Bourdain

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is becoming a more and more popular travel destination and I know a fair few people who have been there already in 2016, and I am dying to join them!

I have been trying to convince Luke that we should take a long weekend trip for our anniversary this year. I mean it's 5 years and last year he proposed so I feel we should at least try to match that right! We already have the time booked off work but as some of you know, we are house saving so money is tight.

Budapest looks beautiful and I really want to experience the city before it's popularity turns into tourist contamination and the prices skyrocket. That's what currently compliments the beauty of Budapest, it is so damn cheap!

Obviously being the sort of city for long weekend getaways there is only so much you can do in that Friday to Monday trip. Here is what tops my list.

The New York Cafe, Budapest, Travel
No Cafe, no literature! - Márai Sándor
Ok, so I know I have just said we are on a budget and that Budapest is so damn cheap as a selling point but every trip deserves a touch of luxury!

 Within The Boscolo Budapest Hotel, which is a luxury in itself, is The New York Cafe, known as the 'most beautiful coffee house in the world'.

The architecture and beautiful ceilings of The New York Cafe date right back to the mid-1800s and the cafe has always been a popular setting amongst editors, socialites and just normal people like you and me. After the second world war, the cafe was in poor condition and greatly neglected, actually becoming a sporting goods store! Luckily this waste was noticed and in 1954 the space was reopened as a cafe and in 2006, The New York cafe was completely restored.

I love good coffee and everyone's got to eat breakfast so why not do it in luxury and take in the beautiful surroundings at te same time. It isn't actually crazy, through the roof expensive either. 25 Euros for a buffet breakfast including hot drinks isn't bad going considering the setting!

Thermal Baths, Budapest, Travel, Wanderlust
Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. - Dodi Smith
Just how every trip should involve a hint of luxury I am a strong believer that every trip should also have an aspect of relaxation within it. We work hard for the money that allows us these trips and although there is so much culture to walk about and experience you should also be able to sit back, reflect and relax.

Relaxation can be hard during a city trip, you want to fit in as much as you possibly can, so why not experience a bit of culture at the same time?

Around Budapest, there are about 125 traditional thermal baths, some indoor, many outdoor but all are a part of everyday life for those who live in Budapest. Many people frequent them for fun and relaxation but some also use them to help with medical ailments.

One thing they all have in common is their beauty, either more traditional or with an Art Nouveau feel about them, they are an experience not to be missed during a visit to Budapest!

Ruin Bars, Budapest, Travel, Wanderlust
Old buildings revived to fulfill a new mission. -
 I am not a huge drinker or party goer, those days were lived a disappeared before I turned 20. But that doesn't mean I don't appreciate a good time and mix that in with a unique experience and I'm game!

Budapest's nightlife scene is home to Ruin Pubs. Following World War II a huge number of houses were left abandoned and 10 years ago someone decided to turn those abandoned houses in the 7th district of Pest into bars.

Now the 7th District of Pest is one of the hippest places to be in Budapest. More than just clubs you will also find theatre clubs, concerts, movie showings and exhibitions. You can enjoy all of this within those once abandoned houses, an amazing, quirky view into this part of Budapest.

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Travel, Wanderlust
Budapest is grandeur on the Danube. - Lonely Planet
Walking around a city, taking in all it has to offer is an amazing experience, but it can be so amazing that you can struggle to appreciate it all, remember every little thing you see. Sometimes it's important to take a step back, take everything in and reflect on the beauty that the world has to offer.

Fisherman's Bastion is considered to offer one of the best views in the city. Built in the 19th Century it serves as a lookout tower for the city. Located behind Matthias Church, the Bastion used to consist of real castle walls but now functions as a viewing platform.

From this iconic viewpoint, there is an amazing view of the Danube river overlooking all of Pest. What better place to end a trip to Budapest, taking in the city, reflecting on all that you have seen and experienced and dreaming of the next time you can return!

Have you ever been to Budapest? Can you recommend anything to add to my Wanderlust Wishlist?


  1. You have to go! I went in February, and I was not disappointed. Definitely go to the hot baths, I went to the one pictured and it was lovely!

    I'm running a giveaway for your chance to win a pair of sunglasses of your choice!

    Alice xo

    1. Thank you for reading! I will get there one day I am determined too!

      I will check out your giveaway. Thank you! x