If you follow me on instagram you may have seen a photo I posted around Christmas time of a photoshopped snap of me and Matt in Budapest. So these are the ventures of an amazing Christmas present.
The weather was absolutely freezing but bearable, apparently not as cold as it usual as their open air ice rink wasn’t open due to ‘warmer weather conditions’. I cannot begin to express how stunning the Hungarian wines are! They remain relatively undiscovered aside from the desert wine Tokaji. Try Doblo in the old jewish district, with its open brick walls and cave- like feel this place has a real wine cellar vibe about it. There are over 100 carefully selected wines to choose from which is incredibly overwhelming at first. The staff truly know their stuff and share their knowledge to make sure you get a cracking wine to suit your taste, and trust me I’m fussy about Chardonnay!
We pretty much walked everywhere and I think this is a must in any city to truly take it all in. We visited the Széchenyi Thermal Baths and got royally screwed over as we must have looked completely lost and ended up paying a fortune for something totally unnecessary so bare that in mind if you visit! Just read signs and ignore help. Despite that, they are amazing. We went on a Saturday and the place was heaving with locals spending their weekend soaking and relaxing. ( Topshop bikini )
You can catch a breathtaking view of the Parliament from the Royal Palace – Castle Hill. It’s well worth the walk (not that we walked it! We were in a massive rush to get up there before sunset.) The views were spine-tingling. This picturesque area is located in the heart of medieval Budapest defined by cobblestone streets, lovely squares and narrow alleys.
Szent István Bazilika – Make sure you take the stairs to the top, all 364 of them! You may feel a little queazy once you reach the top but its fab, you get to see the structure of the big dome from the inside, it really is worth it. This has to be my favourite church visited so far.
Photos by Matt Dreyer