As the shuttle I was in trundled away from Budapest's Ferihegy airport on Friday evening, I was slightly confused. And mildly worried.
The flat Hungarian land filled with farm fields and green trees as far as I could see looked suspiciously like the flat Ohio land filled with farm fields and green trees that I had just left behind a day earlier. In fact, if all the signs hadn't been in a language I couldn't read, I probably could have been convinced that I hadn't actually left the American Midwest at all.
I was confused because this wasn't necessarily what I had expected to find in Budapest. I had expected it to feel… well, more European, I guess. For about 10 minutes, I feared that maybe I would be let down by the very first stop on my 2-month trip. I was afraid that perhaps Lauren was right and Budapest was just a “meh” kind of European city.
But I needn't have worried.
The closer we got to Budapest's city center, the taller the buildings grew and the more “European” the architecture got.
In fact, by the time we reached the train station I was being dropped off at, I may have been drooling slightly over all the beautiful buildings we passed.
I spent the next two days exploring Budapest by foot. I saw as much as I could, and wandered in as many directions as my tired feet would allow. I could easily go on and on about how beautiful and amazing Budapest is as a city (because, seriously, it is), but I think you'd probably prefer to look at pretty photos. Right?
Here's the best of Budapest that I got to see during my first couple of days in Europe:
Yes, it is safe to say that I fell in love with Budapest.
I definitely WILL be back someday — hopefully soon!
Do you want to fall in love with Budapest, too? Check out some of these great day tours:
Which of these Budapest shots is your favorite?