I had low expectations for Budapest. While I knew Hungary wasn’t part of the Soviet Union, I always just kind of clumped it with that part of the world. Think lots of concrete, grayness, and an abundance of sad looking buildings. Man oh man, I don’t think I’ve ever judged a place so wrong in my life. To be honest, Budapest is one of my new favorite cities in Europe and I keep telling everyone that they must visit the city! Erase my Soviet visions and imagine a city with wide streets and old buildings that remind you of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Viennese architecture infused with the Turkish influence makes for an absolutely stunning city!
Budapest has a really fascinating history! Buda and Pest were actually separate cities divided by the Danube River. Buda had a German majority and Pest had a Hungarian majority. The first bridge connected these two cities in 1849 and the two cities joined together to form Budapest in 1873. Overtime, the Hungarian majority dominated the German influence in the city.
Wine bottles are clearly more important than Buda Castle in the background. Side note: Getting to Buda Castle was such a hassle! There was so much construction going on around the base of Buda (Buda is located on a hill) and it took forever to find a way up. Hopefully the construction isn’t going on long-term. I wish I had planned better and taken public transportation to the top of the hill.
If you’ve never visited Budapest, book your trip ASAP. In 2013, Conde Naste Traveler named Budapest the 2nd best city in the world. Furthermore, Budapest has been named the 7th most idyllic place to live in all of Europe and the 9th most beautiful city in the entire world.
I can’t begin to explain how much I love Budapest and I’m already counting down until I can visit the city again! Have you been to Budapest before? What did you most enjoy? As always, let me know if you have any questions about any of the photos! Look out for my post on Pest in the next few days :)