5 days in Buda (and) Pest

Oops I did it again! A last minute getaway~

A year ago on this day, I wanted to spend my 2017 NY countdown outside of Singapore and I chose.. Budapest. 10 days later, I packed, flew and arrived at this stunning Hungarian Capital.

If you ever want to visit a European city with plenty of history, amazing architecture and the most beautiful river, Budapest it is. Today, the city is distinguished into two; Buda and Pest, divided by the river Danube. Buda is on the left bank, main attractions in the city meanwhile Pest is where the city comes alive.

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Rather than paying for a hotel that would be pretty expensive between Christmas and New Year (well, partly due to my not unusual “last minute.com”), I’ve made my first ever Airbnb reservation. Alessandro, my Airbnb host was superb ~ and I loved the apartment. It was nicely done, clean, Apple TV, there is even a sauna  in the bathroom and most important, it fits my profile perfectly.

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A lively and charming city yet underrated…

Ideal city for wandering around in this beautiful city (keep walking and you will discover the hidden gems within Central Market Hall and around the Jewish Quarter).

Strolling along Danube is a grand experience, overlooking on both the Buda and Pest sides. Walking tour is ideal to cover the best spots in Budapest.

The Parliament building is the third largest in the world and don’t miss the gorgeous St Stephens Basilica for nice photo! Budapest City Park is the oldest in the world and you will not miss the Heroes Square while walking to the famous Szechenyi Baths.

You can’t come to Budapest and not visit at least one thermal bath. To make it even more memorable, try Thermal Beer Spa! Dip in your own wooden tubs freshly filled with mineral water and natural ingredients used to brew beer and drinking beer at the same time..

Explore Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church on Buda side and don’t stop taking pictures!

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Get yourself a drink and hang out at one the famous ruin bars – Szimpla Kert! Cash payment only! Ruin bars, old, run down buildings converted into bars with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor.

Book a lovely dinner for the new year –  there are so many Michelin starred and great  restaurants in the city. One of the best meals I’ve had ~ Deryne, a family-owned bistro in the inner Buda district since the early 1910s.

A day trip to the beautiful small town of Eger in Northern Hungary by train. Just two hours train ride from Budapest, wandering around the Dobo Square and stroll along the peaceful street are the best way to end this enchanting trip.

Whether you prefer the historic or the modern city, just enjoy these two “cities” in one experience in such different ways.

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