After a slow start to the morning, we walked about a mile to one of Budapest’s largest ruin bars – Szimpla Kert (http://www.szimpla.hu/). The bar is set in a huge building with so many different rooms and bars. It is a collection of all things weird and wonderful, the overall effect is that it is a place that has spent a lot of time attempting to look as though no effort has been put in whatsoever (this was confirmed when we saw what I suspect was an in house handyman creating new features out of random objects). We had a drink sitting in a room full of old computer monitors playing psychedelic screensavers on repeat while listening to heavy house music.
After getting lost on the way to the loo, I managed to explore some more of the building and suggested to Julia that we get another drink and sit elsewhere in the building. We sat next to a pommel horse that was being used as a table. Somebody had graffitied ‘Millwall F.C.’ on it.
Slightly tipsy we walked past the Great Synagogue (the biggest Synagogue in Europe and second biggest in the world).
We stopped at a Turkish restaurant where I had a falafel and rice salad which was great, definitely a Hungarian twist on the falafel I am used to in the UK.
After eating, we caught the Metro to City Park to Szechenyi Thermal Bath, the biggest spa complex in Europe. This was the most expensive activity for us in Budapest, costing around £15 each for a day ticket. The thermal baths are a must see for anyone visiting Budapest, they were busy and full of tourists, but it was such a stunning setting, especially as we were there as the sun set and lights came on.
We stayed in the baths for a couple of hours before jumping back on the Metro to Kalvin ter, where we went to a noodle bar and I got some great egg noodles with mixed vegetables.
Unfortunately I haven’t experienced much traditional Hungarian food since being in Budapest, as the easiest veggie friendly food seems to come from foreign food places. After eating, we went back to the apartment for an early night to catch a very early flight home in the morning!
Final thoughts on Budapest: We both agree we’ve had a great three days in the city and it’s possibly one of my favourite cities I have visited so far. It has its own unique style, superb buildings and landscape, public transport that is easy to navigate and best of all, everything is so cheap! In total, I have spent around £70 on travel, activities and food (including drinks and meals out), you could easily spend that in a day in more expensive cities like Amsterdam or Dublin. I will definitely be recommending Budapest as a must see city break to family and friends!