Visiting thermal baths and ruin bars has been on my to-do list for months and I finally got to go to them when touring Budapest!
The 7 hour overnight coach from Krakow was not as bad as we anticipated but when we arrived in Budapest we didn’t get a good first impression. It was probably because it was 5am, we had no map, there was no one around to ask for directions and we were at the underground. The hostel we had chosen was called the Wombats and luckily it was close to the station. It was huge and really modern which was surprising but we couldn’t check in for a while so we got some sleep in the lobby.
So we could make the most of the day we went on a walking tour in the morning which took us to many of the main sights. We saw St Stephens Basilica, Chain Bridge, the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion view point all of which were on our list of places to visit. The view of the city from across the river was pretty, I had a really good time that morning even if we did get sunburn whilst wandering around.
After lunch we took the metro using the 48 hour travel card we bought earlier that morning to the main thermal baths called Szechenyi Baths and I was able to tick it off my bucket list! The baths looked just like in the pictures but wasn’t what either of us expected. We were surprised that there was a length pool, ice cream stands, the amount of selfie-sticks and deck chairs but it was still fun. Of course it rained when we were there but it didn’t matter because we were wet anyway and the baths were warm. On the way home we passed Heroes Square but got drenched in a rain storm whilst doing so, and then I got my hand trapped in the metro door.
That night we wandered to try and find a busy restaurant and ended up right back where we started, we had cocktails and found just the food we wanted! We also went to Szimpla which was a ruins bar and was totally not what we expected it was more like a garden party with junk and second hand items hanging from beams and partially stuck into walls. It was very colourful and lively and was full of travelers so we stayed for drinks. There was another ruins bar called Instant close by but we didn’t fancy it when we went in.
We had only booked one night to stay at the hostel but when we added another night for the ease of timing and heading to the airport late. As we had a whole day bag free we visited the Market Hall, walked by the Danube, went and saw the Parliament building which was really pretty and impressive, searched for the art in the city of which we saw the shoes by the river and the one of the world’s biggest hourglasses but that was a let-down.
We had plenty of time to go to a Hummus bar for lunch and had Tapas for tea as well as going to the river and bridges at night to see the city lit up which was beautiful. On the way back we went to a Tiki bar which was very tropical went to sleep for 2 hours and left at 3am in a taxi for the airport and our flight home.
The trip was a fab way to start the summer and Rea’s birthday celebrations! We managed 120,000 steps over the week and survived on a lack of sleep but had so much fun.