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Budapest | Interrailing

Our final country on our two-and-a-half-week trip was the Hungarian capital, Budapest! We were both very excited for Budapest and had lots planned. We stayed in a hostel called Friends Hostel and my gosh was it incredible. Our ‘dorm’ and I say dorm very loosely, was a converted apartment with a balcony that overlooked the streets of Budapest; Mils and I spent so much time on the balcony. I would without a doubt recommend Friends hostel to anyone going to Budapest. We arrived at about midday and we couldn’t check in till later that afternoon, so we went for some lunch at a nearby noodle place (very authentic I know) and then went for a wander down by the river to get our bearings of the city. We instantly knew that we both loved the city and that we’d enjoy our time here. We chilled in a riverside bar and waited till we could check-in. If you have ever been to/looked into going to Budapest, you’ll without a doubt know about the ruin bars. If you don’t they are bars which are located in formerly abandoned buildings, it sounds weird but they are so much fun! We spent our evening in Szimpla Kert and it was so much fun! There are loads of different spaces so you can find one that caters to you the best!

 The following morning we had breakfast on our balcony and then packed our bags before heading to Széchenyi Thermal Baths. Going to the thermal baths was one of the main reasons we actually came to Budapest in the first place. The sun was beating down and it was a lovely way to spend the day. After several hours and a trip around all the baths later we headed back to our hostel. On our walk back to the hostel we stopped off and bought some food to cook for dinner in our apartment/hostel to eat on our balcony along with a few beers. Later that evening we headed back out to explore some other ruin bars.  

Our last full day in Budapest was a busy one. We had heard that the Hungarian Parliament was worth a visit, so we took breakfast to go and strolled on over, we got there just in time for the changing of the guard. Next on the agenda was the Hungarian National Gallery, we had noticed on our first day that there was an exhibition about Frida Kahlo which we both really wanted to go see. It was so interesting and full of loads of her original work that I found eye-opening, what an amazing woman she was. From the gallery, we walked on over to the Fisherman’s Bastion where you can get this really cool view across the entire city. We walked back through some really small residential streets and it all felt very quaint. As it was our last night, we decided to treat ourselves and go out for dinner, so we headed in the direction of a street food market and got the most delicious vegan burgers. The following day we lazed around in a café before heading to the airport to catch our flight back to London which brings a close to our eighteen days interrailing around Europe.


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