December 2016, Thierry and I explored, in shockingly fridget temperatures, Budapest. It was a special trip because neither of us had been to Hungary before. Budapest is clean and breathtakingly elegant at night because the buildings and bridges are outlined with lights. Hungarians are kind and most have an excellent handle on English. Additionally, Hungarian cuisine is delicious and affordable.
Once you disembark the plane, purchase a Budapest card at the airport kiosk. There are 24, 48 and 72 hour cards available. Not only do you have access to unlimited public transportation, but with this card you gain entry to museums, spas and seasonal attractions.
We were very pleased at this Airbnb in District 7. The apartment features high ceilings and is in an old building with a spiral staircase, beautiful red tiles and a central courtyard. If you do travel to Budapest in the winter, be sure to pack your winter jacket, gloves, hat, scarf, the works. Upside of visiting during the winter, lack of tourist!
- Déryné Bistro – Great atmosphere, food and service
- Molnár’s kürtőskalács – For the famous chimney cake and coffee
- Faust Wine Cellar at the Hilton – Intimate space with only a couple tables. Let’s rename it The Cave of Wine
- Hungarikum Bistro – Authentic Hungarian cuisine in an upbeat restaurant. The traditional Langos will not disappoint
- If you go in December, you will be fortunate to experience the Budapest Christmas Market at St. Stephen’s Basilica. With your Budapest Card you receive a Christmas Mug filled with mulled wine! The market features rows of vendors selling little trinkets to bring home to friends and family
- Enjoy the views at Halászbástya, AKA Fisherman’s Bastion
- Stroll across Széchenyi Chain Bridge
- Take a couple hours and explore Budapest History Museum
- Visit Shoes on the Danube; read about the subtle memorials significance, here
Things to do next time:
- Ruin Pubs
- Thermal Spas