Ah the last stop on this incredible European adventure was Budapest, Hungary. All in all, I am happy with how I planned this trip, not really knowing what to do in Eastern Europe when I first started. True story: I found a route on Pinterest about 2.5 years ago, from a girl who did a similar route a few years ago, and had that saved on my desktop for the last year. Inspiration? I truly believe what you see everyday shapes your mind and your reality. So maybe I made this my reality! But I also followed a huge part of her trip, but did it backwards. Hence how I knew to go to Slovakia and Vienna!
As I mentioned in the last post, we decided to head to Budapest a little earlier in the day than we had planned on. When we got of the train, after traveling through 3 different countries (by the way, we rode through a lot of Slovakia, and it was absolutely beautiful) we went straight to our AirBnB which was this cute little studio in the center of the city. It was a great find! We dropped our bags and went to explore in the heat, walking around as much as we could. We stopped for a burger (meat being the primary food source of Eastern Europeans) and continued to walk. Since this was the last stop, I hadn’t done as much research, so we stumbled across beautiful churches and the many bridges on the Pest side. We walked around Buda as well, and then went home to finally clean up and go to an early dinner.
view outside our AirBnB. With Hungarian wine, of course.
The next day, we had made appointments to go to the Szechenyi Baths, which is one of the largest baths in Budapest. Although a bit crowded on arrival, we got our dressing area to leave our stuff in, and headed out to the over 40 pools, but stuck outside since it was so nice out. We had a hard time getting a seat, but finally did in the shade which was gllloooorrrrriiousssss. We grabbed a beer, and sat to enjoy people watching in such a fantastic place. Although crowded, it was such a neat experience to do, and we even went and got hour-long massages after about 3 hours of laying by the pool. It was absolutely perfect and very relaxing. What a way to spend our last day.
We left the pools at around 4, to get ready for our final destination of the trip, a free walking tour at night of Budapest. I am a huge fan of walking tours, as you know, and with the heat we thought a night tour would be better. This one was short and sweet, but cool to see some parts of the city that we hadn’t explored. We stopped for a final beer, and went home to pack for our 4am wake up call in the morning. Our flight home did not exactly go as planned, but I will leave that as a teaser for another post 🙂
Although I am happy with the route we took, I might have done it backwards now, in hindsight. Budapest was the biggest city we saw in Eastern Europe, and after being tired from traveling, it would have been nice to start with that and end with the peaceful, picturesque Prague.