On Wednesday, we set off bright and early for Budapest, flying from London Stansted. The flight was about 2 hours and probably one of the smoothest Ryanair flights I’ve ever been on. We arrived in Budapest at lunchtime, ready for an afternoon of exploring. We had to drop our cases at the hostel first (LOL Hostel Budapest), which was just next to Budapest’s Opera House. To get to the hostel, we had to take a bus and the underground. The Hungarian metro was really impressive! The metro itself was very open plan, there was hardly any wait between metro stops and the map was very easy to read – nothing like the labyrinth that is the London Underground map.
After checking in, we headed straight out for some food and we came across a nice garden restaurant right next to our hostel. We had burgers which were very yummy and just what we needed after lots of travelling and a 5am start.
We went to the tourist areas in the late afternoon/early evening for one of the “free walking tours”. I was completely new to the free walking tour concept, but it’s totally worth going on one as you get a really informative tour of the city without having to pay more than a small tip at the end. As we’d just arrived, it was an opportunity for us to scout out places to visit later in the trip, whilst also learn a bit more about the city’s history. The tour meeting point was Vörösmarty Square, which was a really lovely place to sit and soak up the Budapest atmosphere.
At the end of the tour, we headed straight to the ‘best waffle house in Budapest’, that the tour guide had recommended. I ordered a nutella waffle and it was delicious! Of course I had to take a photo of it.
We headed back to the hostel afterwards, so that we could get an early night. We wanted to be awake early the next day so that we’d have a full day of sightseeing!
It was a great first day in Budapest.
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