Photo Blog: A Week in Budapest
I spent nearly a week in Budapest during the summer of 2015, and I have many great memories attached to this charming European city. Not only was I impressed with the warm hospitality of Hungarians, but I also got to meet up with few musician friends from my time in the states! After traveling alone for a month, it was sweet to meet up with some familiar faces.
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When in Budapest, I spent most of my nights in hostels. One was on the side of Buda, and the other one situated in the centre. Unfortunately, I forgot the name for both hostels. (I will update the names once I figured out.) All I remember is the one in Buda has a nice bar with a front yard. The locals who live around would come by for drinks in the evening, so you get to learn about the city in a less touristy way. I met a Hungarian musician Ferenc. He used to study Baroque music in Utrecht, Netherlands. We had an awesome talk, then he offered to host me an evening at his flat right next to the hostel. We chilled and talked a lot about music. He also shared some of his favorite Hungarian music playlists with me!
The later one I stayed at was recommended by a nice Swedish man (who now became my boyfriend, haha.) At the time, the hostel just moved to its new location and was not updated on their site, but I managed to find it. The staff members were super friendly. The bed and the room were cozy and comfortable.
The first day I walked around Budapest with a travel friend, Seth. (We took the same flight from Bucharest and stayed at the same hostel — all unplanned!) And I got some of the best photos of Budapest on that day trip! I also went to the Hungarian National Museum and the Liszt Museum (A must for all classical musicians/fanatic! Post coming soon.)
Ferenc and I took a fabulous night hike, and my violinist friend, Oskar showed me around and took me to great bars and restaurants for delicious Hungarian food. The rest of the time I just wondered in this stunningly beautiful city on my own!
Here are some photos — A week in Budapest at a glance. Click to enlarge and view in slides:
A Roman Catholic church right in front of the Bastion.
Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace on the Buda side of the Danube.
From the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion
View from the terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion.
Matthias Church is one of the best known landmarks in Budapest.
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge
The Shoes on the Danube Bank is a memorial display honoring the Jews who were killed during WWII.
The Parliament of Budapest is one of the most stunning architectures in the entire city.
Legendary Hungarian Pianist, Franz Liszt’s sculpture in front of the opera house
Lángos is a Hungarian food speciality, a deep fried flatbread. The toppings usually includes cream and shredded cheese
An abandoned church on Margaret Island, Budapest
Beautiful ceiling art at Budapest National Museum.
The little white room that’s dedicated to Liszt. You can also listen to his piano works inside.
This is where Liszt used to teach his pupils (Liszt Museum)
I stumbled into this underground instrument shop. They sell mostly ethnic instruments.
A local cafe recommended by the staff at my hostel. I took Gina there, and she commented the place as “very hipster.” Lol
Buda Castle at night — when I wish I had an actual camera.
The Chain Bridge at night.
Budapest at night.
Parliament in the evening with bats flying around.
The Parliament at night.
Budapest is a wonderful city that worths every second of your time. The living cost to travel in this Hungarian capital is relatively cheap compared to the rest of the Europe. I especially felt the differences when I took a train from Budapest to Vienna! I didn’t get to go the baths during my week in Budapest, and I really wish I have! Well, more reasons to go back :-)
Have you visited Budapest or other places in Hungary? What are your favorite things about it?
I will write more about my time in Hungary as soon as I can. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, like my facebook page, so you won’t miss a new post!
Originally published at Notes of Jo.