Ever since seeing a Budapic of Hungary’s gorgeous parliament building, I have wanted to visit Budapest. This month, two girlfriends and I adventured to spend a weekend there, and here is a peek at some of my favorite things about the lovely city on the Danube.
1. Sightseeing Tour. Yes, we went touristy, but on a cold January day, it was absolutely the best way to see they city. What made the bus tour that we selected wonderful was their informative audio guide, which included classical music and a riveting history of this wonderful city.
2. Le Méridien Budapest. This lovely SPG property was in a gorgeous building, yet it was completely remodeled. The service was divine, and we enjoyed sitting beneath a stained glass roof while listening to a harpist one evening. Our stay felt so luxurious.
3. Goulash. I enjoyed this Hungarian dish so much, I had it three times! What looked like a normal stew had very elegant flavors, and paired with Hungarian wine, it was heaven on a wintry day.
4. Walking Around. Whether walking in Buda’s Castle District or along Pest’s riverbanks, Budapest is a very walk-able city. We felt safe, and one could never guess what beautiful landmark was around the next corner. Favorite accidental discoveries included Szent István Bazilika (St. Stephen’s Basilica) and one of those crazy fish pedicure places (which was wonderful)!
5. Night Boat Ride on the Danube. The best way to see the city is at night with a warm mulled wine in hand. Seeing the parliament building awash with lights at night–even a cold January evening–was my favorite part of the trip.