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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

Berlin, Germany

Second stop on my ‘Europe Summer Trip’…Berlin! So far, I’m loving the city. I arrived yesterday (late morning) and after dropping my bags off at my hotel, I headed out to find something to eat. I stopped by this quaint looking German bistro named ‘Zur Rose’ and decided to eat there. The décor was vintage and cosy. I ordered the ‘Spätzle’. Which I later learned was a pasta variation (with the texture being more like a dumpling) served with lots of cheese and a side salad! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any of you who are planning a trip to Berlin soon!

Trying the ‘Spätzle’ in Zur Rose.
Zur Rose

Some of the sights I saw that I would recommend as ‘must-sees’ would be the Reichstag Building which was built in the 1800s, the Brandenburg Gate – a stunning sight and an 18th century monument, the ‘Berliner Dom’ which is located on Museum Island in the Mitte district and then the ‘Berliner Fernsehturm’ (Berlin TV Tower) – 368 metres tall, it’s the cities most visible landmark and gives you 360° views.

Reichstag Building

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