For 2 days, Friday and Saturday, Nick and I went to Budapest as his belated birthday present. We left early Friday morning and it was a three hour flight (hour ahead time zone). I booked us a room at Centroom’s House.
It was a cross between a hostel and hotel in all the ways we didn’t want it to be. It was clean and nice, but not so friendly and we didn’t run into a single other person in the building other than the not-so-helpful staff. We got in around noon and first thing got lunch. I tried for the first time the famous Budapest goulash soup (made of beef, tomatoes and tomato broth, potatoes, and who knows what else- super hearty).
We dropped our stuff off, and then went to hike Gellért Hill. On the way there I got some snaps of what just one of the main streets in Budapest looks like. It was kind of sad in a pretty way. They’re a pretty poor country and it was rainy and dreary so it was just kind of a sad setting. But seriously it was Saturday and half the stores were closed- no wonder they’re so poor.
They have their own minor version of the statue of Liberty near the top of the hill. There are sets of stairs up this massive mountain. Since it’s winter and foggy and the trees are all pretty dead I couldn’t get a good picture of the hill during the day, but here are some I got throughout the evening.
It was rainy with mud puddles, but we made the hike and it was so worth it. The first part is a long set of zig zagged stairs right off the highway that lead to a big jesus man.
The view from this point wasn’t too bad.
The fun part was after this while we kept hiking on. The trail kind of split in a few different directions and turned into a park like area. We went all over the place and got this incredible view from a ton of different angles. Our map wasn’t great, so half the fun was the exploration.
The Danube just got more amazing by the hour as the sky darkened. Over the tops of the hills we came across our amazing destination- initially we were unsure if we were even going to be able to find/see it.
The Gellért Bath House! It’s an old Roman kind of bath house (and clearly absolutely gorgeous). It was about 20 euros each to get in and we stayed about 2 hours. There were 2 thermal pools, a swimming pool, a hot pool, an outdoor heated pool, and a sauna. I think there may have been another pool or two but both of us were having breathing issues in the water and were too hungry to care. (Nick has asthma and I was getting a cold- the hot/cold pressure wasn’t doing us any favors.) Some things to note: thermal pools smell terrible. I tasted it once in Bath, England and was hesitant on even getting in the pools here in Hungary. It’s just gross. Another thing to note: this bath house and later to find most of the city is weirdly extremely wheelchair friendly, more so than most areas in America by my consideration. There were wheel chair lifts over the steps and into most of the pools that I saw. Crazy. I tried getting pictures but some French man yelled at me, so here are the two I got on our way out.