you were such a great start of what was going to be the longest backpacking trip I had ever been on. In late august of this year, 2017, I left my hometown Munich early in the morning, taking the train to the historic city of Budapest. It was a very cheap way to get there and the journey of approximately 6 hours was smooth (passing through beautiful mountainous landscapes included!).
I arrived in the gorgeous Keteli station (basically Budapest’s main train station) and immediately made my way to the hostel. The city’s metro system is super easy to understand so I arrived there fast. After settling into my dorm and taking a shower (it was a hot summer day and carrying my 14kg-backpack around had made me sweat!) I met up in the city with a friend. Together we did some sightseeing and explored both the Buda and the Pest side. Did you know that Budapest is actually two cities, the city of Buda and the city of Pest combined?? Well, up to that day I had been ignorant of that fact so I was delighted to have learned something new on the first day of my trip.
We enjoyed the sunset standing next to the Danube river. More and more lights turned on in the city and I went nuts taking photos – each direction I looked was just so beautiful and photogenic! The setting sun coloured the sky into a deep orange and when it got dark we sat down in a restaurant to have a traditional goulash, so delicious!
At night we checked out a Bar called Szimpla: this must have been one of the coolest bars I have seen in my life (later on my trip I discovered another architecturally crazy bar in Da Lat, Vietnam). It was gigantic inside, consisting of a lot of different bars selling drinks, a huge dance area and differently furnished seating areas spread over two floors. You could either stay in the big area socializing or sit in a less crowded area which is just what we did. We went home quite early though since it was a monday night and there weren’t a lot of people.
The next day we went to the town Szentendre, just a 45min-train ride away from Budapest. It was another hot day so we enjoyed some ice cream while strolling around the streets of this charming little town, taking a lot of photos and checking out souvenir shops. I especially loved the traditional clothing they were displaying in the windows of a shop we passed (would have definitely gotten a top but I didn’t want to already blow up my budget on day one of the trip! So I was strong and settled for a photo instead.).
In the evening we enjoyed the pools of the Széchenyi thermal bath which rounded off my short stay in Budapest perfectly. Returning to my hostel relaxed and in love with the city I knew that I’d come back one day!