If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I just got back from a 17 day European trip with my travel buddy, Amanda (kevinandamanda.com). We went to Budapest, cruised down the Danube River and finished the trip in Munich.
Today I’m going to share my trip to Budapest.
I really didn’t know what to expect in Budapest, but it ended up being my favorite city on the trip.
It was SO beautiful and had AMAZING food.
We started the trip off with a walking tour of the city.
The Hungarian State Opera House is the largest opera house in Hungary. Construction began on the building in 1875, funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, and the new opera house opened to the public in 1884.
The Szechenyl Baths is the largest medicinal bath and one of the largest public baths in Europe. The first thermal bath in Pest opened here in 1881. It has since been expanded and now there are 18 pools, of which 15 are spring fed.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
St. Stephen’s is a Roman Catholic basilica. It is named in honor of Stephen, the first King of Hungary It was completed in 1905. It is the third largest church building in present-day Hungary.
The views from the top of the church are amazing!
The millennial monument was built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin. The two semi-circles include statues of kings, governors and famous characters of Hungarian history.
In the middle of Heroes’ square stands a column with the statue of Archangel Gabriel on the top.
At the pedestal, the equestrian statues commemorate Árpád and the seven chieftains of the Hungarian tribes, who settled their people in the present territory of Hungary.
(Notice that the semi-circles each have seven statues – this is to represent the seven tribes)
Matthias Church is14th-century church named for King Matthias, who married here.
I absolutely loved the tile roof!
Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace that is in front of the Matthias Church.
It offers amazing views of the Pest side of Budapest.
The best view of the Hungarian Parliament Building from Fisherman’s Bastion.
Szimpla Kert Ruin Pub
Ruin Pub’s are a thing in Budapest.
Ruin Pubs are formed in formerly abandoned buildings in the city, and are very popular hot spots.
They are decorated with just about anything! The funkier the better.
Szimpla Kert is one of the oldest ruin pubs in the city.
I loved the old car in the garden area!
On Sunday, Szimpla Kert hosts one of the city’s best farmers market.
We planned on going, but didn’t make it in time.
The “castle” was built for the Millennial Exhibition, and it has been used to host the museum of agriculture starting in 1897.
They were hosting a Fish and Wild Meat Festival.
We walked around the grounds and checked it all out!
Shoes on the Danube
The memorial honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II.
The Jews were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away.
The memorial represents their shoes left behind on the bank.
The Cat Cafe
This was one of my favorite places in Budapest!
We stopped in for a bottle of water and to pet all the kitties!
The cats just roam all around the cafe and get love from all the customers.
The Chain Bridge
We made a point to be at the Chain Bridge at sunset.
We lucked out and the bridge was closed to traffic.
We were able to get amazing photos of the bridge!
This was one of my top two favorite treats in Budapest.
Sweet yeast bread, coated in sugar and roasted over coals.
It was SO good!
We went back for a cinnamon-sugar Kurtoskalacs before we got on the river cruise.
Just as YUM!
Ruszwurm near Matthias Church had my other favorite treat.
We sampled the Dobos torte, chocolate croissant and the Kreme cake.
The Kreme Cake was out of this world delicious!
We ate this twice. I could have eaten it every single day!
We tried to eat here one night, but we got turned away.
They only have about 8 tables in the entire restaurant.
We had to make a reservation for our last night in Budapest.
It was worth the wait. The food was amazing and the service was even better.
We were greeted with a glass of prosecco.
We ordered dinner, and then they brought out a small appetizer sampler.
I ordered the tomato soup and spaghetti bolognese. I could not stop eating it!
After dinner, they brought out a glass of dessert wine and a trio of small desserts.
Finally, they served us a shot of limoncello.
The bill arrived and the whole meal (both of us) was only about $41.
Incredible! If you only eat at one place in Budapest, please make it at Comme Chez Soi!
Gringos Amigos was similar to Moe’s and Chipotle. You order at the counter and they assemble your meal. Everything is made fresh in the store. I couldn’t get over the sombreros on the juice dispensers.
We kept passing Jack’s Burger and finally gave in to the temptation.
The burger was YUM! We loved the crispy bacon and yummy Jack’s sauce.
This was the prettiest gelato I’ve ever eaten.
Everyone was taking pictures of their gelato – not just crazy food bloggers like us.
The gelato was not just pretty, it tasted great too.