Budapest, You Are Beautiful

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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.

St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

St. Stephen's Basilica

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:

Margaret Bridge, Budapest

The Margaret Bridge spanning the Danube




Pest, as seen from across the Danube at Fisherman's Bastion

Matthias Church, Budapest

The intricately tiled roof of Matthias Church

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

The Neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion


Budapest and the famous Chain Bridge

Buda Castle, Budapest

The walls of Buda Castle


The Elizabeth Bridge and a pretty church

Ruin Bar, Budapest

A ruin bar downtown


Parliament and some bridges

The Danube, Budapest

An endless line of boats on the Danube

Heroes Square, Budapest

Statues in Heroes Square

Szechenyi Baths, Budapest

The colorful Szechenyi Baths

The Danube, Budapest

The Danube at night


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:

Urban Adventure Tours


Which of these Budapest shots is your favorite?



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