A long weekend in Budapest

Back in November I spent a long weekend away in the Beautiful city of Budapest, in Hungary. We spent our time wisely and pre planned our itinerary months before.. to ensure we saw everything we wanted to see!


We trawled through Airbnb and other various hotel sites to find a good deal, both financially and location wise. We opted for an Airbnb apartment (I had never used Airbnb before!) My friend reassured me that it would be fine 🙂 We stayed at the beautiful ‘Stylish Vintage Studio’ A Love Nest In Budapest – Barbara’s Home  I would definitely recommend taking a look. There were soooo many lovely places to choose from, so spend a few hours taking a look at what is on offer 🙂


There’s so much to see and do in Budapest along with lots and lots of walking! I think we achieved over 40,000 steps over the three days… quite impressive for a Office girl!

Szechenyi Thermae Bath

On our visit we took a trip to the Szechenyi Bath is the biggest and most popular of all the thermal baths in Budapest which was 100 years old in 2013! The baths were incredible, 27 degrees within and 7 degrees outside… I would highly recommend taking a pair of flip flops as the short walk outside is really cold! The cost of the spa was €5,400 FT equivalent to £15 but it was well worth it.

We visited in Mid November so the famous Christmas Market wasn’t quite set up, which was a bit disappointing, but there was a small Christmas market at Vorosmarter which is located near ‘Fashion Street’ where you can find popular stores such as Zara, Pull & Bear, H&M and chains of coffee shops are eateries for example you can find Burger King, Vapiano, KFC and Starbucks.  There are vast options to choose, along with lots of lovely Hungarian cafes and coffee shops which are always nice to experience.

St Stephen’s Basilica

St Stephens’s Basilica is known as the Roman Catholic Basilica, originally named in honour of  Stephen, the first King of Hungary (c 975–1038). The architecture is beautiful and the setting is so historical that you can’t miss seeing it on your visit. This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest church in Hungary.


Budapest is beautiful by day and even more beautiful by night, the Margaret Bridge  and Széchenyi Chain Bridge are stunning when lit up at night. I highly recommend taking a visit to the river Danube at night.

There are lots of little quirky places to visit, whether it be for a cocktail or a Hungarian coffee there will be somewhere (lots) of places that will take your fancy.

Ruin Bars/Pubs

The Ruin Bars are incredible, we visited the Fogas Ház which had various different style rooms, both indoor and outdoor. I really want to visit more of them if I ever go back, they are full of character and are soooo cheap to drink at £0.80 for a glass of wine… Don’t expect too much though!

Overall, Budapest is a magnificent city and I could not recommend it enough to anyone looking to explore a new European city with lots of culture and walking!

I hope you find this information of interest 🙂 If you’d rather stay in the UK why not check out my post based around the lovely South Coast


         Emma x


  1. February 4, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I have visited Budapest once, ten years ago and I remember it was such a beautiful place! Maybe it’s time for me to visit again :)! Good recommendations you have listed!

    • lifeofemmax
      March 2, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Yes, do it! Did you do lots of touristy things when you went before? x

  2. March 2, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    I really want to go to Budapest, and even more so after reading this post!

    • lifeofemmax
      March 2, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      It’s an amazing city! I really want to go back and only visited in November x

    • lifeofemmax
      March 4, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      You are going to have sooo much fun! There’s lots to see and do 🙂 yes, if you have time go to Fogas Haz.. but prepare for a hangover, it’s really cheap x

  3. April 27, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Budapest was included in me and my mom’s European Tour 2016. Loved the place and enjoyed the foods. I love where you stayed at, it looks really modern and upbeat. Unfortunately I was not able to try the thermal bath. I will need to visit it when I come back 😉

    • lifeofemmax
      April 29, 2018 / 9:52 am

      The baths are lovely – would definitely advice visiting next time your in Budapest! WOW how many countries did you visit on your European tour?

      Emma x

  4. June 9, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    I love this!!! I am going to Budapest at the beginning of August 🙂

  5. August 11, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time, I’m hoping to go in November and I’m really looking forward to the baths

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