Saturday, December 24, 2016
Merry Christmas Eve from Budapest, Hungary! We had a great day here in this incredible city. Should you find yourself in Budapest at some point, make sure you hit these popular attractions. This city is the perfect place to spend the holidays!
The Christmas markets at Vörösmarty Square cannot be missed. Here you will find beautiful lights, delicious Hungarian cuisine, many tourists and locals doing their last-minute Christmas shopping at the countless wooden huts with warm vendors. This is the main Christmas market in Hungary’s capital, and it’s a must-see! Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the big tree and ‘Budapest’ sign!
We read that we had to go to Spíler if we went to Budapest. It’s a very popular restaurant for tourists and locals alike located in the Jewish district. Very casual food and hipster vibes. It was the perfect place to enjoy dinner after a long day of traveling! I highly recommend the Hungarian letscho with pan fried duck liver (1960 HUF = ~ 6.3 euros) with a small Spíler original blonde (490 HUF = ~ 1.6 euros).
Budapest Castle Hill Funicular
Cross the Chain Bridge connecting Buda and Pest and take the Funicular up Castle Hill! It costs less than 5 euros for a fun & direct ride up Castle Hill.
You can see a gorgeous view of this remarkable castle from the Danube River on the Pest side. You can’t miss it with the turquoise dome on top!
This cafe is famous for their cakes. It’s small but very cozy and authentic. I got a tiramisù, and it was to die for! We grabbed a sugary pick me up on our way to Fisherman’s Bastion from Buda Castle.
This was my favorite attraction in Budapest! The seven Harry Potter like towers give you a stellar view of Pest, the Danube River, Chain Bridge, and the Parliament Building from the arches. It’s a great place to explore during the day and night. Take bus 16 in order to avoid the steep hike up from the Chain Bridge!
You have to go to the Hungarian Opera House to a) watch “The Nutcracker” in December or b) eat Hungarian goulash at the cafe! Be sure to reserve tickets for the opera because many shows are sold out; we didn’t get a chance to see the opera, but we did indulge in Hungarian comfort food and enjoy the architecture of the building.
That’s it for Day 1 in Budapest! Look for Day 2’s post tomorrow! xo ~e.