This past May, we travelled to Budapest for Ciaran’s cousin’s wedding. I was really excited to travel somewhere new and see a completely different side of Europe. Hungary’s capital city has some incredibly beautiful sights and is actually quite a complex city as it is really two towns combined into one. We were lucky that we got to see both Buda and Pest over the weekend. Read on to check out the wedding festivities with bit of sight seeing…
The wedding was held at the quirky yet elegant Brody House Studios. The creative space had high ceilings with a lot of natural light – it felt as if we were outside. The exposed stone walls and colourful touches made it an incredibly unique and fun space to say I Do. There were three floors, all with stylish bars and rooms that guests could mingle and relax in. I thought it was perfect – I wish I could find a venue like this in England for my own wedding!
It was an absolutely stunning wedding and we all had a blast. The champagne was flowing all evening long and there was so much delicious food and desserts to indulge in throughout the day and night. It was an elegant yet laid back affair and everybody was able to let their hair down and have a great time. We definitely had a few sore heads the next morning, which were telling signs of just how fabulous the wedding was. Although we woke up a bit delicate, we ventured out to explore the rest of the city!
The city of Budapest sprawls along the banks of the Danube River and the Chain Bridge pictured above connects both Buda and Pest. The Buda side is picturesque, with Castle Hill and remnants from Hungary’s glory days. There are leafy winding paths leading up to to the top of Castle Hill. If you ever visit Budapest, I recommend staying on this side of the city as the Pest side, is a bit more commercial. Both have completely different vibes.
We were in awe of Castle Hill. The Gothic Arches, baroque houses and cobble stoned streets were incredibly charming. During our sight seeing, we stumbled upon Fisherman’s Bastion, which had an incredible cafe to grab a drink and experience sweeping panoramic views over Budapest. It was built at the site of an old rampart during the Middle Ages that was defended by the guild of fisherman. The Bastion itself has 7 towers that look like the Disney Castle. I can’t recommend visiting the Fisherman’s Bastion enough if you’re in Budapest.
We had the the most incredible view of Parliament from our table…
And enjoyed some craft Hungarian beers.
We had a lovely time relaxing and taking in the views of Budapest. We curled up in the blankets on the seats and enjoyed our pints before heading back down Castle Hill.
As we descended down the steps, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this amazing looking donut pastry type of delicacy. We had to try one and figure out what exactly it was. We queued up and found out that these are what’s known in Budapest as a Chimney Cake.
These sugary rolls were a real treat. They come in cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, walnut, vanilla and coconut and they were fried to perfection. To make a Chimney Cake, they wrap the dough around a wooden cylinder and bake it over embers. They then roll it in the sugar and various flavours and serve it hot. They are thought to date back to the 1600s. I hope they make their way over to the London Christmas Markets, because they would taste phenomenal with tea, coffee or a mulled wine.
We ordered a few delicious vanilla Chimney Cakes to go and back to the hotel we went to get ready for dinner. It was freezing out and neither of us took a coat with us and these warmed us right up on our walk back. Once we got back to the hotel, we took a little nap, showered and headed off for a traditional Hungarian dinner with the family.
I am afraid I do not have too many photos from dinner. We found a quaint little restaurant with exposed brick walls that was lit by candlelight. The waiter had given us a board full of different meats and traditional goulash, which proved to be rather interesting. I have to say, the food in Budapest was not my cup of tea, but then again, we were only there for a short amount of time and didn’t get a chance to go to some awesome places we had researched as we were really short on time. All in all, it was a fun experience to try something new and we kept the wine flowing and had a great time.
My first time in Budapest was a blast. The wedding was beautiful and we got to check out one of the most amazing areas of the city and sample some traditional Hungarian dishes along the way. The city itself is steeped in history and I’d love to learn more about the culture one day and even go back to explore all the areas we didn’t have time to see.
A little tip for travellers: Budapest is astonishingly inexpensive. If you are looking for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, Budapest is your best bet. The exchange rate is fantastic and it is a lovely city to experience.
Thanks for reading x