This past weekend my roommates and I decided to take a weekend trip to Budapest, Hungary. My mom went to Budapest a few years back and had nothing but good things to say about it so I knew I was going to make the trip sometime this summer. We took a train on Friday morning (g-bless no work on Friday’s) and arrived in Budapest around 2 pm. It was only about a 15 minute cab ride to our hostel so we were mostly all settled in around 3 pm. The hostel we stayed in could not have been in a more perfect location. It was just a two minute walk from the Jewish Quarter which was filled with countless restaurants,bars, shops, and the entire area was lit with twinkly lights.
Once we dropped all our stuff off at the hostel we walked around the Jewish Quarter and ate a late lunch at this place with amazing drinks. After that we wandered around a little longer before heading back to the hostel to get ready for the night. We all signed up for this boat party in Budapest for that night and so we didn’t want to completely tire ourselves out because we didn’t really know what this boat party entailed. All we knew was that we were to meet at dock 9 at 10:30 pm and that there were unlimited drinks. We all walked over to the Jewish Quarter again and sat down at this restaurant that had live music. Once we were finished with dinner we walked about 15 minutes down to the water and found the dock for the boat party. It was not hard to miss considering there was music blaring, lights flashing, and lots of people going to the same place.
In case anyone is looking at going to Budapest and is considering the boat party but isn’t sure what it is, I’ll give a brief overview. We weren’t sure what to expect at the boat party, but it ended up being a really good time and I HIGHLY recommend it (if you’re at least 18). We paid 30 euros for it which in my opinion was absolutely worth it. You got to see Budapest all lit up at night from the water and it was stunning. In my gallery I’ll make sure to put a picture of the Parliament Building because it was sparkling at night and looked so pretty. In addition to the amazing view there were unlimited drinks. On the website it says there are unlimited drinks but it doesn’t really specify what that means/entails. What it ended up being was the bartenders made premixed drinks and put them in cups and had them lined up on a bunch of tables. There were like four types of drinks and then beer. There was two types of wine I think, champagne/orange fanta type drink, and then one other mixed drink that was pink. The cruise went from 10:30-12:30 and it was really fun listening to good music and standing on the deck admiring the view. Once the cruise was over we got off the boat and we were about to just head for our hostel when we heard one of the staff on the boat yelling, “If you want to go to the nightclubs please stand over here and we will take all of you.”
We didn’t know anything about the nightlife in Budapest or what clubs to go to, and we also had no plans so we decided to stay behind and wait to go to the nightclubs. It was the best decision we could have made. About three staff members led a group of 40 of us to a nightclub that was around a ten minute walk. None of us knew really what was going on but we got to the nightclub and the staff from the boat party had us make a separate line SEPARATE from the one that was already wrapped around the club and we all got special wristbands and were immediately let in. The club was so much fun and the music was FANTASTIC. We left around 3 am and got back to our hostel around 3:20ish. I highly recommend the boat party because 30 euros for an amazing view on a boat, unlimited drinks, and free entry to a nice nightclub was so worth it.
Saturday morning we slept in a little until around 10 am. We got up and ready fairly quickly because today we were going to the Széchenyi Thermal Bath! We grabbed a quick breakfast and walked about 20 minutes to where the bathhouse was. We didn’t know this beforehand, but Hero’s Square is right next to the bath house so we stopped and walked around Hero’s Square for a little bit. The bath house was a little confusing to navigate at first because there were no signs that said “entrance” or an area that was obviously the front but we went up the first stairs we saw and it ended up being a lucky guess. We got inside and we each got a ticket and locker which ended up only being around $17. We got these special wristbands for the lockers and made our way to the locker room to change and get ready for the bath house! The bathhouse has an indoor and outdoor area, but we chose to spend our time in the outdoor area because it was more open and felt less stuff, though I’m sure the inside felt just as amazing. The first large bath we tried felt like a hot tub and was so relaxing I could have stayed in there all day. There was a fountain and everyone was enjoying themselves. After a while we decided to try out the one on the other side. It wasn’t as hot as the first one, but it was still warm. This one had lazy river type thing that goes in a circle and apparently for each time you go around it, a year is added to your life. After spending around two hours at the boathouse we went back to the hostel to freshen up and we grabbed a quick lunch at a place nearby.
After lunch we walked all the way to Castle Hill which was one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. It was about a 35 min walk from our hostel so it wasn’t too far to walk at all. Castle Hill is a medieval town situation on (big surprise) a hill. There was a beautiful church, a castle, cute little shops, a little market area, and I could easily have spent an entire day there. Castle Hill is a World Heritage Site and we saw Trinity Square, Matthius Church, and Fishermen’s Bastion. You simply will not find a better view than from the top of Castle Hill. After spending a good deal of time at Castle Hill, we made our way back down and walked to our hostel to regroup before dinner. We ended up eating dinner at this place just around the corner from us and spent at least two hours there just talking and soaking up our last night in Budapest. I did not want to leave the next day and I will definitely have to go to Budapest again because there are still so many things I want to see and do there.
As a final word of advise when traveling to Budapest, always check your train ticket and make sure you’re at the right station:-) Budapest has more than one train station and trust me nothing is more stressful than realizing you’re at the wrong station 15 minutes before your train is supposed to leave. By some miracle we made it on time but I do not recommend trying it out.