Budapest is becoming increasingly popular with young people due to the incredible sights and cheap alcohol. What once was two cities, Buda and Pest separated by the Danube river, the capital boasts beautiful bridges, castles and the infamous parliament building.
But above all of this, Budapest offers so much more. The city is rapidly growing into a much louder and cosmopolitan city full of so many secret gems. Check out my list of must do things below.
Széchenyi Thermal Baths
Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, and the most famous is the Széchenyi Baths. The spa opened in 1913, and the water in the pools are heated by two thermal springs. Temperatures usually reach around 27 degrees Celsius. The water in the baths is good for the skin and bones, as it contains sulfate, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate and a significant amount of metaboric acid and fluoride.
A day ticket grants you all-day access to the baths, as well as access to a locker and your own private changing cabin. If you’re feeling peckish whilst soaking up the sun, the spa serves delicious homemade iced lemonade, ice creams, and traditional Hungarian food. If you want to take your relaxation up a notch, mud masks are also available from the spa.
On Saturday nights during summer, the spa hosts their famous bath party. It runs from 21:30-01:30 with music blasting and drinks flowing.
Great Market Hall
Located at the end of Vaci Utca, the Great Market Hall is a giant market full of local produce and food. From fresh fruit, meat and juices, the markets everything.
Located on the top floor, there is a row of authentic Hungarian food stalls selling Langos, Goulash and many other dishes. Langos is a fried Hungarian bread with many toppings available. We went for sour cream, cheese and a variety of meats, sweet options are also available. The goulash stall was also delicious, the stew was served with spaetzle, a type of pasta, as well as complimentary bread.
Gelarto Rosa at St Stephen’s Basilica
Head down to the famous Gelarto Rosa to fetch an ice cream perfectly hand sculpted into a rose before your eyes. The shop offers flavours such as salted butter caramel, lavender white chocolate, pistachio, vanilla and many sorbet options.
As the shop is located right next to St. Stephen’s Basilica, take in the views of the magnificent church as you eat your ice cream. Sit on the steps outside and admire the amount of work that went into creating Budapest’s largest church.
The Basilica is open to the public, and even has a viewing platform at the very top. Guided tours are also available.
Ferris Wheel of Budapest
Experience Budapest from above with a ride on the ferris wheel. Open 365 days a year, the wheel gives a spectacular view of the city’s skyline and landmarks. There are discounted tickets for students aged between 12-18 with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the wheel.
Budapest really is the full package. It has everything you could possibly want from a city break, and it really is so cheap. But don’t forget to pack your suncream as it can get extremely hot.
Have a good time!