Saturday, 24 November 2018

Seeing in the new year in Budapest, Hungary

A couple of years ago, three friends and I travelled to Budapest, Hungary, to see the sights for three nights and celebrate New Year's Eve. I've had this blog post sitting as a draft for a long time and finishing it brought back great memories of a very enjoyable trip!

This was a beautiful time of year to visit, with a touch of frost and Christmas decorations aplenty. Of course it was also very cold, so many layers were needed to explore the city by foot and bike! Much of the ground in the city is easy to cover by foot, however there is a fairly new public bike rental scheme and exploring by bike allowed us to cover a lot of ground very quickly, using the huge number of bike lanes. The city is so pretty and interesting, that you can fill two or more days very easily just by seeing the impressive buildings and views without paying entry fees.

budapest bridge
The iconic Szechenyi Chain Bridge

budapest bike tour

Exploring Budapest by public rental bike

We stayed in a huge AirBnB apartment in the Jewish Quarter, which we found to be a perfectly located part of the city to stay. The buildings have wonderful character and there is no shortage of interesting bars and restaurants. You may have had of the infamous Budapest 'ruin bars'. These are awesome venues, which make use of old buildings and courtyards to create quirky and fun places to drink, dance and be entertained. We found a particularly great ruin bar in the Jewish Quarter, called Kuplung, where we saw in the new year in style! They had live music in a huge venue space at the back of the building, where Hungarian rock bands played a mixture of local and English cover songs. It was definitely a night to remember :) 

The city has a perfect mix of culture, history, street art and entertainment. It was the best city break trip I have been on, and I can't wait to return - perhaps next time in the summer months.

budapest friends
Seeing in the new year in Budapest with friends

synagogue at night
Dohány Street Synagogue, Budapest

danube river

budapest trams
Hungarian Parliament building

buda castle
Buda Castle grounds

budapest views
View from Buda Castle

budapest fire station
Very old and cool looking Budapest Fire Station

budapest bridge sunset
Budapest skyline at sunset

budapest buildings
Budapest street art

budapest street art
Budapest street art

budapest street art
Budapest street art

budapest ruin bar
A Budapest ruin bar

kuplung bar
Kuplung New Year's Eve 2016

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