Wandering In Budapest (Part 1)

(First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts lately, I’ll blame it on the Romanian protests and the winter blues, which have made it almost impossible to focus on anything else…)

When Tegan & Sara announced their upcoming European tour and I saw their were playing in Budapest, it felt almost logical to go. It was on a weekend (so no taking time off work), it was cheap and most important, I had the chance to revisit a city that I love. How could I have said no? 😉 While I’ll probably go back to Budapest again soon, here are some of my favorite pictures from a very short and sweet getaway. 

After barely making it to a great Hungarian restaurant (I’ll let Paul talk about that one), I wanted to take some night shots of the Danube river, only to find the sights partly hidden by fog. I’m not sure whether it was worth missing the last subway and waiting 20 minutes for a bus, while watching many drunk people pass out by. 😂 I’ll let you be the judge!

Wandering in Budapest: Chain Bridge By Night

Wandering in Budapest: Fisherman's Bastion at Night

Wandering in Budapest: Hungarian Parliament at night

We started Saturday morning…..actually, we had almost missed the whole morning, as we woke up very late. But we started the day in style, at the glamorous New York Cafe, probably the most beautiful cafe I’ve ever been to. Sadly, I can’t say the same about their coffee 🙁 I don’t know if their coffee got worse or I’ve had better coffee since the first time I was there.

Wandering in Budapest: New York Cafe Budapest

Wandering in Budapest: New York Cafe Budapest

Afterwards, we headed to see the Fisherman’s Bastion and admire the view from the Castle, all at a slower pace, taking in the sights and enjoying the warm-ish weather (well, compared to the one at home).

Wandering in Buadpest: Matthias Church
The stunning Matthias Church -we didn’t go inside this time, but if you visit Budapest, you should know it’s worth every penny!

Wandering in Budapest: Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica

Wandering in Budapest
One of my favorite pictures on this trip…..it’s a shame I didn’t check the settings of the camera properly… 😭

Obviously, you can’t go to Budapest without eating a delicious goulash or a sweet kurtos kalacs. 😉

Kurtos Kalacs in Budapest

Later that night, we went to the Tegan & Sara concert in a club near our hotel. After a great opening act (Ria Mae, check her out!), the Canadian twins came on stage to perform no less than 22 songs, both old and new. The girls were awesome (even though Sara was pretty out of it) and I loved singing the lyrics of my favorite songs. 😀

Tegan And Sara live in Budapest at Durer Kert

Tegan And Sara live in Budapest at Durer Kert

On our last day in Budapest, of course it got very sunny and warm, perfect for wandering a few hours before the flight, but also perfect for making me want to go back asap.

Wandering in Budapest

Wandering in Budapest

Wandering in Budapest: St. Stephen's Basilica
This has got to be my favorite picture on this trip 😊

Wandering in Budapest

Have you ever been to Budapest? Do you have any tips for me for my next trip?

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  • gorgeous photos! I’ve been a few times to Budapest, love it in Christmas season:)

  • World Journeys

    it surely is a brilliant, beautiful city!

  • LydiaCLee

    That looks fabulous!

  • I Love Budapest so much! Looks like you had nice weather (not sure how cold it was). I didn’t have time to make it to the New York Cafe. Hopefully, I will visit next time.

  • Anisa Alhilali

    Budapest is so pretty. I especially love your night pictures. Parliament is one of my favorite buildings anywhere. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

  • This city is absolutely gorgeous. Great photos!

  • Lyn – A Hole in my Shoe

    Vlad you share my love for Budapest and I have to agree, that photo looking up the street towards St Stephens is my favourite in this post. We had our very last breakfast of last year in New York Cafe and was taken back with the beauty. We’ve been to Budapest in Autumn and winter and would love to return next for Spring.

  • Budapest is beautiful at any time of year and perhaps even more beautiful in winter, when there are less tourists. Next time try to go in September when the food and wine festivals take place in Budapest. You should check the exact date online. Also, go to Heroes’ Square and visit the two art museums there. Also in that area, you can visit the Vajdahunyad Castle that was erected in 1896 for the Millennial Exhibition. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • Jenni Sheldon

    I love your photos of the river how the bridge is reflecting in the water its so cool. I enjoyed Budapest when I visited but I never had kurtos kalacs so I might have to go back and try some

  • Mike C

    I loved my visit to Budapest in 2013. The city is just that perfect mix of old gothic architecture, ruins and natural beauty (thanks to the Danube). It’s definitely a city I’d love to return to and photograph in more detail.

  • Ah I’m dying to visit Budapest again! We went a while ago and had crummy freezing, grey, foggy weather the entire 4 days we were there for NYE. I really want to go back when the weather is nice! You got lucky though! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • Bryna | Dotted Line Travels

    Amazing photos (you always have amazing photos!), and it makes me want to visit Budapest even more! Too bad about the coffee at the New York Cafe though. PS: Tegan & Sara are from my city!

  • I love your pictures and I still haven’t been to Budapest. I hope 2017 is the year

  • I was in Budapest for two days and loved the city. Wish I could’ve seen more! A tip is to stay at the Hilton Budapest. Their rooms have an epic view of Buda Castle!

  • Carol

    Budapest looks so enchanting. Didn’t have it on my bucket list before!

  • Michael

    I visited Budapest last year. I think it’s a beautiful city. I hope to return someday. Your photos brought back some wonderful memories.

  • Yup, I hit up pretty much all those spots when I visited Budapest 2 years ago. I loved it! It’s now among my top 3 European cities alongside London and Florence. I want to go back for a week or two now, and really take my time exploring.