× Budapest is similar to Vienna in architecture and efficient public transport. It makes sense since it use to be part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, huh!? The city Opera for example, looks like Vienna’s baby sister!
× It is quite tourist-friendly and much of a party-city. Budapest has an energy that makes you want to go out, party or lounge with drinks all night. There are lots of young people and American / British college students that come here – Budapest is known for their underground bars and nightclubs!
× The tap water is safe for drinking – yay, thanks Budapest!
× Interestingly enough, many buildings are in dire need of restoration and support. Our AirBnB was located on the third floor in a housing-complex that looked like it was going to crumble any minute.
× Budapest is quite cheap (breakfast for 2 under €10!) but if you go into the more tourist-friendly restaurant and cafes it’s clearly going to be higher (€20+ for two!).
× The city is so so green. It was so lovely to see how trees and plants where everywhere. Really stunning, in a way.
× The people work at more slower relaxed pace there. Waiting for our ice-cream, I’d watch the workers take their time making our food. Made me realize how much better it is to slow down and be relaxed making food than rushing!!
Michelle and Aldin’s Top 5:
1. Flixbus is a cheap and smooth 3 hour ride from Vienna to Budapest. Highly recommend it!
2. For a good tour of the city, you can be like us and take a Hop on Hop off Bus, otherwise we suggest to try one of their free walking tours.
3. Best Street Food: Anything at Street Food Karavan. The lángos (fried dough with savory toppings) was our favorite.
4. Visit the Great Market Hall to pick up fresh paprika spice – a popular seasoning in the Hungarian cuisine.