Hey there, welcome to another one of my ’10 things’ travel posts. Today, I will be sharing with you my recent adventure of visiting Budapest for the weekend. For those of you who don’t know, I went to Budapest on Friday 3rd August 2018 until Monday 6th August 2018 with my boyfriend and 3 other best friends. I honestly had the best time away; definitely one of my favourite holidays to date. It was so mesmerising and beautiful. I would love to go back again one day. I recently shared a post in relation to my travels to Budapest, predominantly focusing on the key details prior to going on holiday. Here is where I share with you the tips on how to save money when booking a holiday: How To Plan, Book And Arrange A Cheap City Break On A Budget?. If you enjoy this type of post then you will also like the other ones I have done:
The first thing you should aim to do in Budapest is visiting the massive Budapest sign on Margaret Island. Every time I go away to any country and/or cities, I always try and find their large signs like this. I think as a tourist it definitely has to be done and you must capture it with your camera. I made sure that we went to Margaret Island as I looked up online where I could locate the sign. I am so happy that we found it and I was able to get a photograph of it as well as capture myself and Kevin standing in front of it, as it’s so beautiful to look at.
Margaret Island – Margaret Island as a whole is definitely something you have to go visit. For us, it was about a 10-minute walk and then over a long bridge to get on the island. As soon as you go on to the island, you will realise that it is a place perfect for tourists and that’s all you will see. There isn’t a lot there in terms of like shops and things as it’s like a little beach resort with swimming pools, sight-seeing buildings, activities such as a fun park for the kids, bikes for families or in pairs as well as lots of greenery for moments to relax.
When we arrived at Margaret Island, we all decided that it would be a great idea to rent out one of their 4-6 people large bikes to explore the little island. This was such a great idea as we were able to visit everything that was recommended on the map and also successfully find the Budapest sign. We rented a bike for £18 an hour which only worked out to be £3.00 each. We had a lot of fun riding these bikes and of course, it was very tiring. I think it made our day different because for the rest of the weekend we were walking everywhere or taking trams. Below is a short clip from our time using the large bikes. It was hilarious because we did things we weren’t allowed to do meaning it was enjoyable throughout. You definitely have to have a go on these bikes with your friends as it’s a great way for you all to enjoy doing something together with no one getting left out.
Budapest Ice Bar – The Budapest Ice Bar was a very ‘cool’ experience… did you see what I did there LOL. For those of you who do not have a clue at what it is, I will explain it briefly now. The Ice Bar is a small room entirely made out of ice which has a mini bar in for you to get some drinks during your time in there. Inside, you will find many sculptures and honestly, everything is made out of ice, even the cocktail glasses. Prior to going into the ice bar, you have the opportunity to take in a warm coat with you. I recommend doing this as it’s freezing inside. Tiffany and I did not prepare very well as we showed up wearing dresses and of course, we were freeing. We paid £12.60 for our entry plus any 3 drinks. I think this price is really good because it’s a great thing to do with your friends and you get drinks out of it which makes it worthwhile. I can’t emphasise enough how much fun it was, especially being the only group inside. It was like we had our own little party. We went inside for about 20 minutes which is definitely long enough as we got very cold. However, as Budapest was so hot… I actually didn’t mind being cold for a little bit. I knew I would warm up quickly as soon as I stepped outside. Below are some photos from our time in the Budapest Ice Bar and by looking at our faces, you can tell we were freezing.
Budapest Escape Rooms – These are also known as the locked rooms. The boys thought that it would be a great idea to experience the escape rooms in Budapest and not just one but two. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the escape rooms as it was nice for all of us to work together to escape out of these rooms. The prices were very reasonable costing £9.00 each per game. The first escape room that we encountered was called The Motel. Our task was to work out the murder mystery that happened in the room and find out where the missing person went. The workers emphasised that our room wouldn’t be locked so if we wanted to leave and come back in for any reason we could do so. It was fun for all of us to work out and find the clues to help move forward to the next section. This room had a medium difficulty which at times were very difficult, but purely because we weren’t sure how to use a phone or read the specific evidence. I thought we all worked very well together until the part when one of our friends, Charlie, thought it would be a clever idea to actually lock us in one of their trapped rooms.
Basically long story short, we opened up a secret door inside the wardrobe which leads to the bathroom. As silly as we all were, we decided to all go inside this very small room for just one little key and because there wasn’t a lot of space in there Charlie closed the door behind us. I mean he didn’t know it wouldn’t open again but, it was so silly because it didn’t have a handle on or anything. It was literally just one of those doors that open and closed again. So, there we were all stuck in this small toilet and I mean SMALL. Like we couldn’t even stand in front of each other… we kind of stood in a line. I was petrified and of course, the rest of the group was thinking that it was supposed to happen and that it was a trick for us not to be able to escape. It wasn’t, we were just so silly that we actually got locked in. Most of the rooms have panic buttons, in every room, so that if you get scared or something happens then you can get help and get out of the room. However, because our main door wasn’t locked we didn’t have one. Unfortunately, we were stuck in this toilet for about 10 minutes meaning that we were losing time. We then decided to try and get the workers attention on the camera. We were waving and jumping up at the camera; when she spoke and asked if we were ok. We explained that we were LEGIT locked in and then someone came and let us out. They said that doesn’t happen a lot and gave us our extra 10 minutes back. After that, as a team, we successfully completed and escaped out of The Motel.
The second escape room was called The Surgery. I was looking forward to this very much ever since we booked it as this was the room I chose. Although, when it was time to actually participate I was feeling very anxious and nervous because I did not want to get locked in a room again, especially one that doesn’t have a panic button. I was actually so frightened from the time before that my role in the second room was just looking for anything mysterious and figuring out the locks, as well as holding all the doors open so we didn’t get stuck. I must say, I think having someone like that is very good because it worked well whilst everyone else was finding clues and working stuff out. We actually worked very well with one another in this room, as we didn’t want to make any mistakes like the last time which resulted in us actually escaping out of The Surgery with 25 minutes left to go. We were very fortunate with the locks and keys that we tried as we got it the first time, as well as figuring out the clues. It was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone who goes as it is so much fun. I did thoroughly enjoy it and I would love to do another one at some point.
1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise – One of the most beautiful things I have ever done and I recommend doing this at night. The cruise started around 10pm and it was definitely the best time to do it for many reasons. It wasn’t overly busy which was nice as we could chill and have a great time interacting with each other, as well as the sights, looking stunning all lit up. It creates a different atmosphere from what you see during the day and I just thought it was mesmerising. I really liked how we got a welcome drink as well as any drink we wanted from the menu absolutely free. The cruise only cost us £8.00 each which is absolutely incredible. I would have paid a lot more for something like this so if you’re going to Budapest you should book it right now. You can’t miss out on something like this, especially for £8.00. It is one of those things where you have to be there yourself. It was very dark and the buildings were all lit up which is why it is difficult to show you photos as they do not give it the justice they deserve.
The Budapest Nightlife – I am going to be completely honest, I expected the nightlife in Budapest to be very little and boy was I wrong! There are a lot of pubs and clubs located around Budapest. We went into a couple of pubs, as well as sit outside to have a few drinks at one of their outdoor bars which were lovely. I actually thought it was a posh bar. It was so lovely and the atmosphere was rather chilled that I would love to go there again. Luckily for us, there was a nightclub very close to our apartment which was called Morrisons. It was absolutely massive inside. They must have had about 6 different rooms and 4 floors where you could listen to music and have a good time. I thought that it was actually a good nightclub as they had something in there for everyone… including a karaoke room. We only stayed in here for an hour or two as we were all very tired and warm and clearly couldn’t keep up with it. For all the days we were there, our days were packed with things to do. I did actually enjoy experiencing the nightclub as it’s nice to see how different they are in other places of the world in comparison to the UK.
West End – The West End is a beautiful shopping mall with 4 floors and an open roof with beautiful gardens and a park. The outside of the shopping mall is stunning with lit up signs and water fountains surrounding it. We were actually quite lucky that our apartment was about 3 minutes away, just down the end of our road. They have many shops, food halls and plenty of activities taken place inside. I think that a place like this is definitely up there in the things to do when visiting Budapest because it is one of those places where you would take photos and put them on your Instagram. I absolutely loved it! We went there every single day to adventure around and also try the amazing foods.
Budapest Castle – The Budapest Castle is mesmerising!!! I honestly can’t say enough how beautiful I thought it was. Ever since we went on the cruise and saw it all lit up I knew I wanted to go there. As you are aware, I am very interested in the historical buildings and the history behind them. I managed to persuade the group to come to the castle with me to overlook the beautiful city. I loved how high up it was meaning that you could see a lot of Budapest in a bird’s eye view. The castle is free of charge to walk around and explore the grounds. However, you can pay for tours if you want to find out more information about the building and Budapest city as a whole. There isn’t too much to say about the castle, so here are a few photos to give an insight of what it looked like:
Sightseeing – The last thing I have on my list of things to do in Budapest is just sightseeing in general. Wherever you are no matter what you’re doing, there will always be moments of sightseeing happening. Anywhere I went to, I always took my camera or my phone with me, so that I could get a few snaps of the beautiful city. I love taking photographs so that I can look at what I’ve seen to refresh my memory of the beautiful places I’ve visited.
Thank you so much to my best friends for making this holiday ever so fantastic! I will forever remember our weekend away as every moment was just wonderful. I feel so blessed to have such amazing friends who made this holiday absolutely incredible. I loved every single minute of it. Budapest is just absolutely stunning and I would 100% love to go there again. Thank you to everyone who spent the time to look at and read this blog post. It means the world to me. Please comment below any feedback, ideas or general comments. I would love to know what you think and whether or not you’d like to go to Budapest someday too. I hope you have a great day.
Ps. More photos will be available to see soon in my photography portfolio.
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