I made an impromptu trip to Budapest Hungary to meet a good friend of mine and while this was my first trip to Budapest, it certainly will NOT be my last...I think I've just discovered my new favorite city! Looking for a good deal, I booked my direct flight with Ryanair out of Nuremberg Germany. Since this was going to be a quick trip I only took a carry on bag and I breezed through customs at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International airport with no problem. It is a small airport and only about 20 kilometers from downtown Budapest. We had arranged for private airport transfer service (a taxi would have been a little cheaper) through our host at the Butterfly Danube B&B which, by the way, I found on Booking.com and believe me when I say this place was amazing!
Our location was perfect. Situated on the Pest side of the river, we were literally directly across from Great Market at Fővám square. The Market was our first stop and...it was incredible, I have never seen so much food in one place! A mega farmer's market to be sure. If you are a foodie and are planning a visit to Budapest, you definitely won't want to miss this place.
Our double room had a small balcony that overlooked the Danube with a fantastic view of the Liberty Bridge. They provide a typical European Breakfast which inlcuded items such as breads, cheeses, yogurt, juices, coffee and eggs any way you would like them cooked. Our hosts were really wonderful and oh so helpful with tons of local information on where to go and places to avoid! I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone!
Because this was our first time in Budapest, we decided to use one of the Hop On Hop Off buses to get our bearings on the layout of the area. The first place we got off was near the Jewish Quarter where we found this interesting Pub with the walls all decorated in vinyl records but, since we didn't get the name of the pub, I can't even remember how to get there ...maybe on the next trip I will find it again and let you know the name of this hip little place!
After a glass of wine at the "vinyl record" pub, we hopped back on the bus to the Hősök tere (Heroes Square) which is across from a really nice city park and surrounded by several tourist attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art and the Millennium Column above with a statue of the archangel Gabriel on the top.
Next stop - the famous Chain Bridge which was the first permanent stone-bridge connecting Pest and Buda over the Danube river. For those who don't know, the Danube is the second longest river in Europe, originating in the Black Forest of Germany and running through , Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Moldova before spilling into the Black Sea.
Although we didn't get a chance to visit the famous Széchenyi baths or make it up the hill to the Buda Castle, I will definitely be returning to Budapest and hope to make it to a few more of these places to tell you about on the next trip!