Budapest used to be two different cities, now joined by the Chain Bridge- Buda is on the west bank, Pest on the east. Budapest is also known as “Paris of the East”, which I would agree with due to the beautiful architectures all around. b
On the Buda side, you can walk from Gellert Hill to Castle Hill to Fisherman’s Bastion and get an amazing view of Pest and the Hungarian Parliament building. You can spend all day enjoying the view from this side. At night, I highly recommend the Danube Cruise for the night view. If you catch the last boat, you can usually get a discount on the tickets!
Since we happened to be in Budapest on America’s Independence Day, of course, we had to find a way to celebrate. So partied it up MURICA style at the Sparty held at the Szenchenyi Bath & Pools. We also went back during the day to enjoy the full thermal bath experience.
For nightlife, you definitely have to check out a ruin bar. It is unique to Budapest in that some youth took run down buildings and converted them into chill hangout spots. I went to Szimpla Kert, which had a very hipster vibe and some very cool people, it’s definitely a place you’ll make new friends! Budapest was probably one of the hippest cities I went to in Europe!
**For getting around Budapest, public transportation is convenient, but very strict! Be sure to hang onto your tickets!