A really really long list of things to do in Hungary

Another post about Hungary.. Are you surprised? This is basically a recap of every other post, but combined. In no particular order, here is a list of absolutely everything I can think of doing in Budapest and other areas of Hungary.

Thermal baths- Hungary is famous for these. I went in the winter, and don’t think I would enjoy going in the summer. The Szechenyi Thermal Baths are pictured here. It’s the largest one and I’d recommend it for your first time. You can make a day out of it and get a massage or other spa treatments.

Fisherman’s Bastion- Exploring around here is a must! You’ll get a gorgeous view of the city, and there are some nice cafes and restaurants up here. You can go up the funicular, but I prefer just walking up the stairs.

St. Stephens Basilica- You can go inside for a small price, I don’t remember how much but it wasn’t a lot. Then you can go to the top and get a beautiful view of the city.

Walk around fashion street- This is where to go if you want to shop. It’s also good to find souvenir shops and people watch.

Fashion Street

Fashion Street at Christmas

Eat a chimney cake– The walnut covered ones are the best. Hungarians love walnuts. (They are really cheap at the subway stations.)chimney cake

Eat goulash (at Balvaros Lugas)- This restaurant has such good traditional Hungarian food, and it’s fairly cheap.

Go to the ruin bars (Szimpla Kert)- Go to all of them, but Szimpla is my favourite.

szimpla

this was taken upstairs looking down

Walk around the Jewish District

Visit the Dohány Street Synagogue- The largest Synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world. There’s a museum attached to it.

Go to the Holocaust Memorial Centre and the House of Terror Museum

Run around Margaret Island– There is running track around the island. There’s also the water polo stadium, a small zoo, a hotel, and a couple bars on the island.

Go to a hockey game (HK Budapest, Ujpest, MAC)

Go to the Great Market Hall- Many locals grocery shop here, it’s busy and a great places to take in the culture.

Eat lángos- fried dough, garlic, sour cream. Buy this at the Great Market Hall.

Go to all the bridges

Go to the Citadella Sétány at night (or during the day I guess)

citadella

The view from the Citadella

Hummus bar, Parasz Thai, Iguana– For more about restaurants, see my favourite restaurants in Budapest post.

Cake and pastry at Gerbaud or/and Ruzzwurm– These cafes are the best in the city. (Try Kremes, Dobostorta, the and cheese danish).

Cheap wine spritzers from Froccskocsma– This place is the best. They usually speak English here, just ask for a wine spritzer and it will be about 60 cents Canadian.

Have a beer at the High Note Sky Bar– It’s a bit fancy but they don’t care if you’re underdressed.

high note

(underdressed) at the High Note

Ride the Budapest Eye

budapest eye

The Budapest Eye

Go to Lake Balaton– It’s not a far train ride  from Budapest and a really nice place to spend a day in the summer.

Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton

Go to some thrift stores

Have rose shaped gelato (Gelarto Rosa)

Gelarto Rose

Go to the zoo– I’m not a huge fan of zoos, but you can play with goats at this zoo, and it seems really nice.

Go to Boldogkőváralja– This isn’t close to Budapest, but if you have rented a car then why not?

Boldogkőváralja

Boldogkőváralja

Explore the Buda side– There isn’t as much going on as the Pest side, but it’s worth walking around.

Go to Hero’s Square

Hero's Square

Hero’s Square

Go to Vajdahunyad Castle in the city park

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle

Go skating or rent peddle boats right next to the city park– Depending on the season, it will be ice or a lake.

Get bagels at Budapest Bagel- The area this little bagel store is in is really nice, so make sure you explore.

Go to Szentendre and walk around and have a picnic– Such a cute little town, the streets were magical.

 

Visit Esztergom Basillica (the largest church in Hungary)

cathedral

Get a chocolate bar filled with cheese (Turo Rudi)– A Hungarian thing- surprisingly good.

Eat chicken paprikash and stock up on paprika and erős pista.

Gundel Crepes (at Gundels)– Or any other restaurant. They light them on fire.

Get burgers at street bistro

Eat túrós táska for breakfast– My favourite pastry- a cheese filled danish.

Coffee at the New York Café– Or be like me, and just go in to take a photo.

See the shoes on the Danube- A memorial along the river for the Jewish people killed in 1944.

Walk around the Hungarian Parliament building– The number 2 tram on the Pest side is a gorgeous tram ride that will take you along the Danube. You’ll see the castle on the other side of the river, the chain bridge, and the parliament.

parliment

Go on either a dinner cruise, or a party cruise down the Danube- Some party cruises are all you can drink for about fifty dollars Canadian.

Budapest

That’s everything I can think of, and what’s bothering me is that I know I’m missing some things. I hope when you visit this country you can take in everything it has to offer. If you can think of anything I’m missing in this post- let me know! For more specific details of some things listed here, there are more detailed posts in my “Hungary” category.

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Visiting Oslo on a Budget: Things to do, see, and eat

If you haven’t gathered, this country is expensive. Living is expensive, doing things is expensive, going out is expensive, except there are some things to do that aren’t so bad. They mostly involve looking at things outside. If you want through doors it will cost you..

If you’re coming to Oslo just for a weekend, get the Oslo Pass. It includes transit and gives you entry to almost all the museums. We’re planning on getting it one of these weekends and going to every museum and getting all the knowledge.

These things are only really fitting when it’s not raining because no one wants to walk around looking at things outside if it’s not a decent day out.

The Opera House

 

I was pretty blown away by this building. You can walk on the roof; there’s a nice view of the water, the ferries, and the pier. I think you can look inside for free too, but I didn’t. The architecture is amazing, my only question is how do they keep the roof so goddam white? Phenomenal.

Aker Brygge

 

This is where the Starbucks is that I go to and get kind of cheap beers and do homework. It’s on the pier and you can walk around and look at all the boats you can’t afford. The ferry also leaves from here. There are usually food trucks, some fancy looking restaurants, and the Nobel Peace Centre.

Hollmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen- ski jump

GO HERE. It is a must, go read my other post all about it.

Karl Johan’s Gate

The walking/shopping street- only free if you have self control around stores. People watching is always free though. Also, the best kebab place we could find is close by. It’s called Dronningens Kebab. They do this thing with their onions, 10/10 recommend. 

Akershus Fortress 

 

This is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, and has also been used as a royal residential palace and as a prison. It’s another place you can walk around and look at things for free. There’s a restaurant and the resistance museum is here; also a good spot to find dogs to pet.

Mathallen Food Hall

We all know how much I enjoy grocery stores, and this place is paradise to me. So many specialty shops and cafes to look at. I can easily go here and spend a while looking at things, all the food looks amazing. Lots of local things are sold, and not just food.

We cook almost every night because it’s cheaper to buy groceries than go out (duh). To go out for a beer you’ll find yourself paying double what you’d pay in Vancouver, and honestly, the cheapest place to get a beer seems to be Starbucks, or the Stargate. But I don’t recommend the Stargate, it’s by far the sketchiest dive bar I’ve ever experienced. If you’re really struggling, just go to IKEA for food. It’s dirt cheap just like Canada, and who doesn’t love hot dogs and froyo?

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