Some months ago now, I was told by my boyfriend Tom to book off this certain Friday in October for my birthday, as he was going to ‘see if there was something we could do on that day’. Little did I know that he had arranged a weekend away for us, which he revealed to me a few days before we went.
I honestly could not believe my ears when he told me we were going to Budapest!!!!! I feel another lengthy post coming on…
Budapest is somewhere that I have wanted to go for such a long time, so excited was an understatement. It was an amazing weekend and we stayed in an Air Bnb which was an apartment in the city centre.
The Hungarian Parliament Building!
Since the beginning of this year, I have done an ‘Escape Game’ in every city break I have been to, and I’m going to try and keep doing them in different places. They are available in so many locations, especially major cities- and if you haven’t done one, you need to try it! I have now done them in Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Budapest. I’m almost 100% sure that my explanation of an escape game is NOT going to make you want to try it. But… basically there are a selection of different rooms and themes to choose from. You get locked in the room of your choice with whoever you are with, and you have to solve puzzles and use logic to get out within 60 minutes!
The game we chose in Budapest was an Egyptian theme, and was by far the hardest I’ve done. But the room itself was so impressive. It probably didn’t help that it was just me and Tom trying to escape the room, whereas before I have done it with 3 other people. But we managed to escape with 17 seconds to spare! (with a few clues to help us along the way but shhhh). It is actually so much fun, and gets the ol’ brain working!
Seeing as Hungary is renown for its spas and thermal baths, this was a must for us. As we were in the area, we went to the Gellért Thermal Bath. It was a chilly day, so I have to admit the walk from the changing rooms to the outdoor baths in a bikini, was by no means enjoyable. However once we were in, we were nice and toasty. It had quite a few different pools to choose from, both indoor and outdoor. The building itself was so old and had beautiful architecture; it looked a bit like a church when you walked in!
Budapest really is a beautiful place with so much to do, and as much as I enjoyed the sight seeing- I think what I loved the most about it was the nightlife!
As recommended by a friend, we went to a bar called Szimpla Kert. We had a look on Tripadvisor before we went, but the pictures on there really don’t do it justice. None at all. It’s really hard to explain this bar, as everything inside is so random. It’s the sort of place where it looks tiny, but the more you walk through, the more you find new parts and realise how huge it actually is. The decor is amazing in there, it’s so quirky-for example Tom was sitting by an old fashion hair dryer chair and I was sitting next to a chair made of tyres, next to a juke box. There’s all strange plant pots and things around too and stuff hanging from the ceiling. It was sooo busy but I could definitely see why! They had a live band in one part, a wine bar room, an outside bit with a car in the middle, a shisha part… the list goes on!
Another great place at night was the club called Instant. Again, looks small but actually is an enormous place with lots of floors and an underground part.The music was great and the drinks were cheap. Need I say anymore?
Such an incredible view! This is where you can see The Chain Bridge, which is the connection between Buda and Pest.
Aside from having George Ezra- Budapest stuck in my head alllll weekend, I really did have the best time, and feel well and truly spoilt. If you get the chance to go to Budapest, do it!