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A small glimpse of Budapest

As part of my Europe trip, I visited Budapest (after Vienna). Because of my flight times, I ended up only really having one day in Budapest (I arrived late the first night, then had one full day and then left around 11am the following day).

I spent most of the day at Fisherman’s Bastion. I was just so amazed by the beauty of it all, I didn’t want to leave!

Fisherman’s Bastion is described as a terrace in neo-Gothic style with seven towers, built in the late 1800s. From the terrace, you can admire the stunning panoramic views of the city. As well as look down at the many walking paths and stairs that surround the terrace/towers.

Around Fisherman’s Bastion, there are quite a few cafés/restaurants…that are overpriced as it’s a big tourist spot. I would recommend rather walking back in the direction of the city centre and eating around there if you’re on a budget. Which is what I chose to do as I try to avoid paying unnecessarily high tourist prices whenever possible!

I found a lovely traditional Hungarian restaurant in the city and dined ‘al fresco’! I ordered the pork tenderloin medallions with a sour cream paprika sauce, served with Hungarian-style dumplings…delicious!

Top 3 things you should see in Vienna, Austria

  1. Naschmarkt. A huge outdoor market filled with vintage clothing, crafts, international food stalls etc. It’s been going since the 16th century! It took me about 45 minutes from beginning to end to see everything…I was walking pretty slowly just admiring everything! The whole market is about 1.5 km. The craft stalls in particular are perfect for souvenirs.
Naschmarkt
Naschmarkt

2. The Hofburg. The former imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers. Now, it’s the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. The palace was absolutely stunning. I only admired the exterior, I saw you could do a guided tour of a small section of the palace but at quite a high cost. Depending on what kind of budget you’re on, I’m sure the guided tour would be worth doing. I learned that the oldest part of the palace is the Swiss Wing, dating back to the 13th century.

The Hofburg
The Hofburg
The Hofburg

3. Hotel Sacher. Home to the famous Sacher-Torte! If you’re a ‘foodie’ then this one’s for you. Indulge in a slice of ‘The Original Sacher-Torte’ in the hotel’s luxury café and gift shop. For those of you who have never heard of the Sacher-Torte, it was invented in the early 1800s and they are still using the original recipe. A decadent chocolate cake sandwiched together with apricot jam and topped with chocolate frosting.

The Sacher-Torte!
Hotel Sacher

A traditional Viennese coffeehouse

The Viennese coffeehouse culture plays an important role in Austrian history with some of them dating back to the 1800s!

Café Sperl was just a few minutes walk from my hotel and I would definitely recommend it. Founded in 1880. The décor was vintage and elegant with a selection of booth seating around the edges of the room and small tables and chairs in the centre. Dark parquet flooring, marble tables and crystal chandeliers add to the ambiance.

I ordered a ‘Café Latte’ and the ‘Viennese Apple Strudel’. The apple strudel was honestly the best I’ve ever tasted.

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