I’ll never forget the joy when I starred at my very first Schengen visa in 2015. After all, it was granted by the German Embassy in Kuala Lumpur with much effort! That year, I embarked on my first Europe trip and lost my heart to Budapest.
The inspiration to write this post came after I booked my 2020 Balkan trip. Due to my financial limitation, I never want to return to the same country until I travelled to all of the countries in the world. But, my beloved city turns out to be on the list!
When you visit Budapest, you’ll understand why it’s easy to fall in love. The capital city of Hungary has two separate towns, Buda and Pest, which were officially united in 1873. I really enjoyed wandering alone on the huge, wide streets. Surrounding me were tall, beautiful buildings with great details.
And the food, my gosh! I LOVE Hungarian goulash (tender beef stew with onions and paprika). Maybe because I went there during autumn so it’s super heartwarming in chilly days. Anyway, if Budapest is a man, he’ll be intelligent, tall with broad shoulders and a sunny smile that’ll melt your heart.
Don’t get me started with the gelato that I found nearby St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Your patience with the long queue is worth it for uno cono piccolo gelato from Gelarto Rosa.
Prepare a pair of comfortable walking shoes because you’ll be walking A LOT. Sure, there are trams, but I believe you’ll get the most of your Budapest trip by foot.
For instance, the distance from the must-visit spot, The Fisherman’s Bastion, to the other side of the city, could take you for… sorry, can’t remember. All I know, at the end of the day, I was too exhausted (and excited) to talk or eat my dinner. #onedaytrip #makeitworth
A trip in Budapest is incomplete until you visit House of Terror. The museum is a memorial to the victims of the fascist and the communist regimes. They were detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the very same building, which was renovated and opened in February 2002.
I felt sad and grateful at the same time as when I was born, Indonesia has already gained its independence. Therefore, I don’t have any hurtful memories about wars, torture or killing… May the victims’ souls rest in peace…
There are a lot of things that I didn’t manage to visit or do in Budapest. Hopefully, during my second visit next year 🙂