Experience the summertime in Hungary.
Kelly returns to Hungary for her third time since 2016. This blog piece will include the major highlights from her recent trip this month, her top tips and the major differences between her previous trips during the chilly winter months. It’s a country filled with fun, ridiculous food and rich culture that keeps calling her back. YES, it’s true, she has more reasons to visit the country other than travel. Regardless, she still finds pure joy in promoting this INCREDIBLE country and finding the time aside from romance to capture the city.
Photo above of Kelly with one of her favourite spots in Budapest St Stephen's Basilica. Ps, the view from the top is the best in the city.
So Why Hungary ?
Hungary is an incredible country, i feel slightly bias when i say that, but it simply is. I think it’s one of the best destinations for a four to five day adventure from Wednesday/Thursday to Sunday. It’s not only cheap as chips, it has insanely convenient transport across the city, glamorous hotels and colourful youth hostels, delicious traditional food, a unique history, culture, beautiful buildings, vibrant sightseeing and last but not least, it offers the best backdrop for ANY Instagram photo.
You can fly with both Ryanair and Aer Lingus to Budapest, Hungary. To date the cheapest flight has been €80 return with Ryanair. My advice, book well in advance for the best deals to Budapest. You can currently fly with Ryanair to Budapest in September for roughly €100 return and in October for roughly €75 return.
Why you shouldn’t travel to Hungary in July !
Ok here’s where i am TOTALLY honest and lay it all on the table. Hungary is ABNORMALLY hot during the summer months, especially in July. During my two weeks there this month temperatures ranged across the time between 26 to 38 degrees. As the world’s palest Irish woman, 38 degrees almost killed me. It was hard to enjoy myself and also get a normal night sleep. Since i have the inside scoop in terms of all things Hungarian the best months to visit aside from winter are April, May and September.
Top Tip / Aside from visiting and eating the traditional dishes of the Magyars (Hungarians) watch this wicked video by Buzzfeed. People Try Hungarian Food For The First Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tEIWRnOcWw
Photo above of Prestige Hotel Budapest.
It’s the Paris of Central Europe.
Think LUXURY !!! The blissful thing about visiting Budapest is that you can stay in the most stunning five star hotels for the same price as staying three or four star hotel in Ireland. Budapest knows how to do BOUTIQUE like no other city in Central Europe.
Introducing Prestige Hotel http://prestigehotelbudapest.com/introduction
I had the pleasure of experiencing two days with Prestige Hotel located in the heart of the city, a stone throw away from one of my favourite sights St Stephen’s Basilica and also the Danube River. It won’t take you long to fall in love with this hotel and the warm inviting staff that make you feel right at home. The entrance will also have your jaw on the floor, with rich and luxurious burnt orange Ipe Cavalli Designer furniture that resembles the rich colours of their famous Hungarian cuisine. Swarovski Crystal Chandeliers, delicious cucumber water on arrival and a Michelin Star restaurant that you will get to at a minimum experience for breakfast.
The award winning hotel really lives up to its reputation of being the most comfortable sleep in the city, with a bed your body could melt into with a pillow menu on offer. It has a hint of Arabian style and luxury, with the best traditional bits you almost EXPECT when you visit Budapest. One of the main features is most importantly the open plan courtyard at the heart of the hotel.
You can stay at the enchanting boutique hotel from as little as €112 !!!!! Book your visit here www.prestigehotelbudapest.com
The city sightseeing really doesn’t change from summer to winter and it’s just as breathtaking across all the seasons. Ive compiled a quick collective of hits and misses to guide you through Budapest during the summertime.
- For history visit The Hungarian Folk Museum and avoid Momento Park ! Its simply to far away from the city to check out statues of DICK-TATORS.
- To cool down visit the famous Széchenyi Thermal Bath
- Want to drink ? Drink up market cocktails at the exclusive 360 Rooftop Bar, head with the crowd to hotspot Gozsdu Udvar and the famous ruin bars like Szimpla Kert.
- What to drink ? Try Palinka if you’re brave enough, Hungarian sweet wine called Tokaji or Fröccs (Hungarian Wine Spritzer)
- End any night beside the glowing and moving lights of The Budapest Eye.
- For the best panoramic view of the city visit either The Citadella or St Stephen’s Basilica.
- Sights not to miss include The Parliament Building, Liberty Bridge, Hero Square, Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and The Great Market Hall.
- If you’re travelling in July sightseeing during the middle of the day is a NO.
- Take photos of the architecture and ride the metro line across the city.
- Shop Vintage Clothing at Retrock Budapest
Youth Hostels are all the trend
Budapest is a city for the young and for those looking for a bargain, it’s not just about boutique hotels and fancy patisserie cafes. It’s a hot spot for backpackers and students looking to broaden their horizons and get absolutely wasted. I found the most incredible little hostel that is PERFECT for anyone looking for both a bargain and an electric environment packed with a range of fellow travellers from across the globe. The staff are wicked. the breakfast buffet is convenient and there is plenty of social areas.
Welcome to WOMBATS HOSTEL BUDAPEST !!
Another award winning location to stay in the city, scooping the trophy several times over in The Hostelworld.com Award for the Cleanest Hostel. The hotel highlights include the location beside Gozdu Udvar and the city’s main square and also the printed portraits of famous Hungarian faces across the hostel interior.
You can stay at Wombats for as little as €11, again book well in advance to grab the best deal.
Book your stay here at Hostelworld.com and for further info on the this great hostel in Budapest follow the link here http://www.hostelworld.com
Top Tip / This is a little scam you may want to watch out for. When buying a ticket for the metro line be sure you get all the change you're owed. You may find someone sneaky put tape across the slot, in the hope of convincing you the machine had gobbled your change. Nope, you just got played !
Top Tip / Looking for the best reference for holiday ideas check out WeLoveBudapest.com
I won’t lie or even try to cover up my sweet tooth and Hungarian treats really do it for me !
My summer highlights included eating at Szamos Patisserie Cafe AGAIN, but with the added boost of sitting outside looking at the most picturesque view of The Parliament Building and the over ground rail passing by. I also experienced a twist on The Hungarian Chimney Cake, wait for it, filled with nutella and filled with ice cream.
See below and try not to DROOOOOOL !!
Looking back at my time in Budapest in July
This was my first visit to Hungary in the summer and it didn’t disappoint, even though i was sweating like an ugly pig throughout. It is totally different to a winter in Budapest, you will spend most of your time drinking outside or on rooftops, strutting the city in glamorous summer dresses or comfortable t-shirts and sightseeing at a chilled pace. The fact ive visited three times and featured the city across so many blog posts truly highlights my love for the city.
- Booking in advance to get the cheapest deals
- Visit in April, May or September
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for exploring
- Try ALL the local dishes, drinks and traditions where possible
- Experience the culture and history of The Magyars, It’s FASCINATING
Watch out for my latest travel vlog where i take on Budapest in the summer !