If You Only Have One Night In Budapest

“If all they were meant for was to teach you how to love again, then it was worth it. Some of the best adventures are meant to end” –Erin Van Vuren.

Many people told me they went to Budapest for a day trip, enroute to Vienna or Prague. So I thought to myself, I will just spend a relaxing night there. Big mistake. Not only did I extend another night in Budapest, I cried when it was time to leave. Here, I found my castle in the air. At the end of 48 hours, it had overtaken Paris and Amsterdam to become my favourite city in Europe. Some things, like love, you just cannot explain. Everything in this Hungarian capital agrees with me, but most of all, its quietude soothes even the most battered of souls, and its informality makes one feel right at home. I think this is why art exists. Suddenly you are reminded to love yourself again.

The best way to explore this city of surprises and wonder is by walking. So abandon your pretty but impractical summer sandals, and throw on your most comfortable sneakers, unless you want to have blisters as big as your toes. If you only have a day in Budapest, here are my top three recommendations.

1. Stay at Hotel Moments

Collect your beautiful moments here at this stylish boutique hotel situated on the iconic Andrassy Avenue. In all my years of travelling, I don’t think I’ve seen hotel bathrooms as spacious as theirs. And as their name suggests, the staff seems bent on making every moment of your stay Instagrammable — you will find yourself enveloped by their warmth and gracious hospitality. Take a left turn and stroll along Andrassy Avenue. It’s a pretty long stretch, and you may just find plenty of reasons to make Budapest one of your fave cities too.

2. Eat at VakVarju (Blind Crow)

You have to order the BBQ pork ribs (Hungarian-style of course). You will never eat another anywhere else again. And if you love a red wine with strong character, you must savour a bottle of Ordogarak 2011.

3. See the whole of Budapest from Castle Hill

Explore Buda Castle. And then watch the city transforms into magic, as the day turns into night. From the top of the hill, you hear the melancholic strings of the violins, you see Baroque beauty, you drink in the sunset, you exhale love. You would not want to leave. I sat there from 8pm to just a little past midnight, lost in Middle Ages dreams.

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8 responses to “If You Only Have One Night In Budapest

  1. Christina Siew

    Hello Sharon, I love your writings!

    I’m writing to you for permission to re-publish this post and ‘3 (Non-Touristy) Things You Have To Do In Vienna’ on travel.joogo.sg with backlinks to this blog. It would be great if you are willing. 🙂

    Hope to hear a favourable reply from you. Happy travelling!

    Christina

  2. You did not spend enough time in Budapest. I spent a week and I walked everywhere. I know that city inside out now. The art nouveau design of the city buildings lends fascination, so many variations on a theme. And the people are nice, friendly. Plenty of restaurants to dine in and the wines are good, especially the whites. Yes, it almost shames Paris in architecture and it has a very good art museum as well as many very excellent art galleries. go back and explore, take a week and walk the city, Get to know it inside out. I will return at least once more before I die.

  3. you’ve got a great blog, keep posting. thanks for sharing this. 🙂

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