The Hipster City of Budapest
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
21Trip End May 19, 2012
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Where I stayed
Lavender Circus Hostel
What I did
Despite the city's history with Nazi occupation, the Holocaust and Communist violence, it is a very liberal city with tons of character, and beautiful architecture. Our first day there we saw the Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Fisherman's Bastion. It was a lot of walking, but totally worth it! The style is totally different than Barcelona and I really enjoyed it! We also saw the Central Synagogue which is the largest in all of Europe!
When you walk through the city you see remnants of its communist history which was really interesting
The hostel where we stayed was a work of art in itself as well. It had tons of different scuptures and paintings, all done by the owner of Lavender Circus. I really really really recommend this hostel to anyone staying in Budapest. It was amazing. They all helped us so much with anything that we needed, and we felt incredibly secure and comfortable. In addition they cooked us dinner the first night we were there! It is definitely the best hostel experience I've had so far! Seriously better than a hotel!
It was also awesome that we came at this particular weekend because there was a food, wine and coffee festival going on near our hostel! We got to try some local food and some delicious coffee throughout our visit.
On our second (and sadly last) day of our trip, we headed to the city park to see Heroes' Square, and the famous thermal baths. We chose to go to Szechenyi bath because it is the biggest and the most famous
Finally it was time for some shopping! Because of the low value of the Hungarian forint to the euro, everything was relatively cheap there and we had a blast! There are tons of cute boutiques and little thrift stores that are must-sees. I got a few vintage items as well as a pair of hand-made leather sandals from a local shoemaker! Only in Budapest! Finally, to finish off our trip with a bang, we went up to Buda Castle to the Budapest Hilton, and through this incredible wine cellar to partake in a Hungarian wine tasting at Faust Wine Cellar. It was reasonably priced and so much fun! We really loved it!