Despite having lived in England for my entire life, I’ve barely explored the UK! My boyfriend is currently at university in Leeds, so I have been up to Leeds many times but find it a bit “meh”. There’s lots of shops, pubs and clubs… but that’s about it in my eyes. A great student city but it doesn’t satisfy my wanderlust!

So I managed to convince my boyfriend that we should take a day trip to York from Leeds and boy is it beautiful!

But of course, being the absolute idiot that I am, I went to York armed with my trusty camera and 3 batteries. Yes. Three. How many of those batteries were almost dead? You’re right. Three. So please excuse some of the less high-quality pictures, my phone had to make do for most of the day! I suppose this is an excuse to go back!

York has a very well connected train station which is probably your easiest bet! Trains run from London Kings Cross directly to Leeds very frequently and the journey takes approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.

If you’re travelling from Leeds (like us!), be sure to get one of the fast trains that will get you there in 25 minutes (there are some slow trains that go to many more stations and will take an hour). The trains run approximately every 20 minutes and are relatively cheap – so you have no excuse not to visit!

You won’t be stuck for things to do and see while in York. I simply scrolled through TripAdvisor and fell in love with everything (there’s too much to see and do in one day!). Plus I have a friend who currently lives in York who gave us loads of fab tips. Without further a do, here’s my recommendations for a fab day in York!

1) York Minster

Entry price: £10 for a ticket that can be used as many times as you want within 12 months
Time spent: 1 – 2 hours depending on how much you love cathedrals (I love them A LOT)

The defining beauty of York is “York Minster”, the largest cathedral in Northern Europe! You’ll be able to spot it from most areas in the city, so don’t worry about trying to find it! The cathedral is bloody beautiful and bloody huge. I kept thinking we were done on the inside but kept stumbling across new places to explore. There are guided tours that run throughout the day, but we just found our own way around (taking lots and lots of pictures obviously).  £10 is a steep entrance fee (discounts are given for children, seniors and students) and this is one of the reasons I barely explore the UK, things like this in mainland Europe tend to be free!

2) The Shambles

Entry price: £0 but you’ll probably end up spending your pennies in the shops!
Time spent: 30 mins to 1 hour

I love shopping and I love cute old-style streets and buildings, so if you’re anything like me, you need to head over to the Shambles! Once again, super easy to find as it’s right by the exit of York Minster. York has loads of super helpful sign posts throughout the city which point out the main tourist attractions, so you’ll never be lost!

3) City Walls

Entry price: Free!
Time spent: 10 mins – 1 hour (depends on how much you like walking!)

The entire city is encapsulated by the Roman”city walls”. Apparently it takes about an hour to walk the entire way around (we just hopped on and off as we wished and ventured into the centre to see more sights). I don’t know why I love city walls like this so much, I got excited every time you got to a new section/there was something exciting to see. Along the way, you’ll come across various towers and attractions. Plus you get great views of the city! I now have photos of York Minster from EVERY angle…

4) St Mary’s Abbey & Museum Gardens

Entry price: Free!
Time spent: 30 mins

As the title would suggest, within these gardens there is a museum. But seeing as I much prefer wandering around exploring than wandering around looking at items in a museum, we decided to skip the Museum… the gardens are well worth a visit though. St Mary’s Abbey is beautiful, eery and pretty damn huge!

5) Clifford’s Tower

Entry Price: £4.70
Time spent: 30 mins

We never actually entered the tower. We were late visiting and therefore missed the last entrance time. But not to worry, by the sounds of the TripAdvisor reviews, we didn’t miss out on much inside! £4.70 seems like a lot for something so small. However, I would recommend going to see it from the outside. Now the city has formed around it, it seems like such an odd location for a tower! Plus if you visit in Spring, the hill has lots of beautiful yellow flowers on – makes for a great picture!

6) Betty’s Tea Room

Entry Price: depends how much you’re willing to spend on tea and cake!
Time spent: 1 – 2 hours eating (maybe up to an hours queuing too!)

We visited the Tea Rooms at completely the wrong time (i.e. just after lunch time) meaning we had to queue up for the best part of an hour outside in the rain (GREAT!). But it was definitely worth the wait. The tea room itself is beautiful, as is the food! There’s also a great gift shop. Everything is pricey, but this is the most famous tea room in York, so what more could you expect?

And some more things that we didn’t get a chance to do but were highly recommended to us!

7) York Chocolate Story

8) York Dungeons

9) Evil Eye Cocktail Bar

10) The Ghost Tours

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1) Anne Frank House

Oh my. Where to start with this one. I absolutely love Anne Frank’s Diary and read it multiple times throughout my teenage years. So as you can imagine, I was super excited to finally visit the house in which the entire diary is based. Anne’s story is a tragic one, but Anne and her family are just a few of the many people that went through the trauma of the Holocaust. I’ve never been to an exhibition/museum that portrays quite how devastating this time was for many people across Europe (although “The Topography of Terror” in Berlin and the “House of Terror” in Budapest do a pretty good job!).  This is a must see in Amsterdam, although prepare to stand in line for hours during peak season. The House opens at 9am, we arrived at 8am just to be sure and there was still a huge queue! Very limited tickets can be bought online months in advance, so maybe check out that option if you know exactly when you are going to be in city!

2) Wander the streets/canals… Or rent a bike!

Amsterdam is a pretty city, there’s no denying it. So make sure you take time to wander the canals, get lost, enjoy the scenery and of course take lots of pictures for Instagram! Alternatively, do like the Dutch do and rent a bike!

3) Explore the Red Light District

A few people might be put off by this one, but it’s one of those things you have to do in Amsterdam to say that you’ve done it! While on a walking tour of the city on my first morning in Amsterdam, the tour guide explained that prostitution was now legal in The Netherlands and it was great for the girls. Prostitution was still a roaring trade prior to legalisation, so in order to ensure the girl’s safety, legalisation was the best process. Just make sure you don’t have your camera out in this district!

4) Take a day trip to the countryside

I visited Amsterdam between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and it was absolutely heaving with people. On our last day in the city, we thought it would be nice to see what the countryside has to offer. I’m informed by friends who have lived in the Netherlands that there are some great places to explore (especially if you rent a car!). As we were short for time, we opted for an organised day trip that you can read all about here.

5) Visit the many museums 

Never have I been to a city where museums make up such a vast majority of the “top things to do”. The main two that you will hear about are the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. I would recommend booking fast-pass tickets and arriving early in the morning! We had a spare afternoon and thought the Van Gogh Museum would be a great way to spend it – nope. There was a 6 hour queue (we travelled in a very busy season between Christmas and New Year’s Eve), so decided not to waste time queuing and instead went to the House of Bols (see below) for a slightly different museum experience!

6) …. If museums aren’t your thing, at least get a super touristy photo outside.

Yes, of course I am talking about the “i am amsterdam” sign. Some really touristy photo opportunities just have to be taken. However, be warned that you will have to wait for an eternity to get a clear photo with no other people in!

7) Have a few drinks… Option 1: The Heineken Experience

While I’m travelling, I don’t tend to drink at all. This comes as a surprise to my friends who enjoy a cheeky tipple of an evening. I don’t know why it doesn’t appeal to me at all – maybe because I love getting up early and feeling ready to explore the city, I hate to waste a moment that could be spent exploring! However, both the Heineken Experience and The House of Bols are definitely worth your time!

The Heineken Experience shows you the brewing process of this world famous beer (of course you get to try a glass or two at the end!). It’s an interesting process and a great indoor activity for a rainy day – although I have heard it doesn’t compare to the Guinness Museum in Dublin!

8) Have a few drinks… Option 2: The House of Bols

As I’m not a massive fan of beer, so the House of Bols is much more up my street! With an interesting story of the history of the brand, smell tests, taste tests, this is a real sensory overload! At the end, you get to choose a cocktail and two shots to try. With 42 different flavoured liquors, there will be something to appeal to everybody’s taste buds! I recommend the peach and watermelon shots!

9) Cruise the Canals

Seeing as the city is based around canals, it would be wrong not to cruise around them! We visited during Amsterdam Festival of Light and paid more to cruise at night to see the lights (I won’t lie, it was pretty disappointing. The audio was dull and there wasn’t much to see from the water). I would love to go back and cruise during the day!

10) Stroll through Vondelpark

Vondelpark is a beautiful large park in the city centre. Great for relaxing, exploring and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

11) Sample all the cheeses!

The Netherlands is famous for it’s cheese production, so it’s no surprise that you will come across plenty of cheese shops throughout your time in the city. Make sure you pop in, there’s PLENTY of samples to try from!

12) Visit a “coffee shop”

Now… this isn’t something that I actually did as I’m very anti-drugs, however if this is you’re cup of tea (excuse the pun), visiting the world famous “coffee shops” will be right at the top of your lists!

13) Do a walking tour of the city

Always a favourite activity of mine on my first morning in a city. This one was particularly insightful in a city filled with sin such as Amsterdam! Learning how the Red Light District works with the law, finding out how “coffee shops” are acceptable even though they are technically still illegal and plenty of other great stories made for a very interesting tour!

14) Spend some time in Dam Square

You’re definitely going to stumble across Dam Square during your time in the city, it’s home to the beautiful Royal Palace (a real stunner before sunrise when you’re walking to the museums at ridiculous o’clock!).

15) Try some of the sweet street food! 

One thing I noticed in Amsterdam in every single shop window/on every stall is waffles. Lots and lots of waffles. A recommendation from my boyfriend’s dad is Oilebollen (small doughnuts!).

16) St Nicholas Basilica

We all know that I love a good cathedral/church! And for some reason, I haven’t seen this one listed on many tourist maps/websites. It’s near Amsterdam Centraal Station and is definitely worth a quick peek inside! Many of the other churches in the city have been transformed into something else (the one in the Red Light District has a great chocolate shop inside!), so it’s nice to see this one has been retained.

17) Enjoy peace and quiet at the Beginhof

The Beginhof is one of the oldest inner courtyards within Amsterdam. We were taken here on a walking tour and it’s so secluded, I’m not sure I’d be able to find it again while unguided! It was established in the 14th century for a residence of women that lived like nuns, men were forbidden back then and still can only visit at certain times! The courtyard is deadly quiet and a real sanctuary from the busy city. It’s also home to Amsterdam’s oldest wooden house (there are only two remaining in the city)!

18) Sexmuseum

Really this should fit within the “museums” category, but 17 seemed like a strange number of points to have, so I needed one more (hehe). Yes, you heard it right, there is a museum dedicated to sex. Not everyone’s cup of tea once again, but if you’re up for a bit of a laugh, this is the place to be. No doubt you will walk past it a dozen times between Amsterdam Centraal Station and Dam Square anyway, it would be rude not to stop and have a look!

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In September, I embarked on my first ever solo trip to Slovenia and I am far too excited to share my pictures/stories from this trip with you. Flicking through my camera photos from this trip made me very nostalgic, Slovenia is absolutely beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone. Over the next few weeks, I will be uploading a series of blog posts about Slovenia and what there is to do in this beautiful country. First things first, the city of Ljubljana!

Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia and while it may not have the most tourist attractions or take very long to see, it’s definitely worth your time on a trip to Slovenia! The city is oozing with charm and I could have spent hours just wandering the beautiful streets.

It’s never a very good idea to arrive in a city without a clue on how to pronounce the name of said city (this led to a very awkward conversation with a taxi driver) – so FYI, it’s pronounced Lube-li-ana.

Triple Bridge 

If you’ve seen a photo of Ljubljana, it’s probably taken from Triple Bridge looking up at Ljubljana Castle as this is one of the iconic sights of the city. Triple Bridge isn’t the only riverside location you should check out, make sure that you take a stroll down the river, visit the other bridges, look into the cute independent shops, sample the amazing food and generally soak up the relaxed riverside atmosphere.

Preseren Square

Preseren Square is the main square of Ljubljana and is adjacent to Triple Bridge. The square is the home of the famous “pink church” formally know as Franciscan Church (Franciskanska Cerkev). This is a great place to relax, use as a meeting point or just explore – the church is definitely worth your time!

Cathedral of St Nicolas 

The Cathedral of St Nicolas is a beautiful cathedral indeed. Even the door is to die for. It’s definitely worth peeking inside (while there isn’t a service obviously) to soak up this beautiful architecture. If you can, try and join a walking tour or visit the church when a walking tour is about to go past, the history of this building is very interesting!


Metelkova is an “alternative” social centre. The buildings are crazy, colourful and you won’t know where to look, there’s too much going on! The area is made up of ex-army barracks and was squatted in 1993. There are plenty of bars, art galleries and small concert halls within the area, I’d love to come back and see the place light up at night!

Ljubljana Castle

Up on the beautiful hillside of Ljubljana stands a picturesque castle. The walk to the top is steep but the views are well worth it (walk round to the back of the castle for a beautiful view over the outskirts of the city). The castle itself has a small entry fee and there are always small exhibitions in some of the rooms – when I visited a very dark exhibition on torture devices was on!

Central Market

Ljubljana’s central market is a situated in the city centre and is perfect for browsing if you have some spare time! It’s mainly fresh fruit and vegetables that are sold on the stalls, so perhaps not the best if you’re only in the city for a day. But it’s nice to immerse yourself in the local culture, you’ll find a lot of Slovenians doing their food shopping here on an early morning!

Walking Tour

Ljubljana is only a small city, and can easily be seen in a day or two. However, I love to take a free walking tour when I arrive in a city and Ljubljana was no exception despite it’s size. Not only are these tours are great way to learn where things are within the city, my inner history nerd becomes unleashed as I love finding out about the history and culture of new cities!

Explore the Beautiful Streets & Adorable Shops

The streets of Ljubljana are beautiful. The buildings and architecture are colourful and reminiscent of the streets of Budapest or Prague. It’s a great city to get lost in and take all the sights.

Eat All the Ice Cream

Italy is known for its beautiful ice cream, so given that Slovenia is only a few miles away (some tour companies even offer day trips to Venice from Ljubljana), you’d expect that Slovenian ice cream is just as good! Slovenia gets particularly hot during summer and Cacao Cafe is a must-try. There’s an overwhelming number of flavours to choose from – go wild and at least try a few!

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Prague is a bea-uuuuu-tiful little city with plenty of things to see and do – a city that should definitely be on your list of places to visit for a few days, whether it be a short city break or a stop off point on a Europe adventure.

We travelled to Prague in May 2015 and experienced a small heatwave which was unexpected and the city wasn’t overfilled with tourists. Some of my friends who have visited more recently in the Summer months have complained that the city was too busy to really enjoy it, so I would definitely recommend May as the perfect time to visit.

Whilst it may be known for being “The Stag-Do Capital of the World” (that’s a bachelor party for all of you that aren’t from the UK where we like to say things differently and be awkward!), we barely encountered any rowdy behaviour apart from one harmless group of men (obviously from the UK because “Bad Brits Abroad” didn’t become a TV show for no reason!) and therefore I definitely wouldn’t let this current stereotype put you off visiting.

Without much further ado… here are the top 10 things you MUST do on a trip to Prague!

1) Prague Castle & St Vitus Cathedral!

Wait, does that count as two things? Oops! Prague Castle is roughly the size of 7 football fields, therefore you could easily spend a day exploring inside! While one of the girls I was travelling with was disappointed with the “castle” as it isn’t similar in any way to the stereotypical castles that we have in England, France, Germany etc. it is beautiful and is definitely worth your time! One of the main attractions inside the Castle wall is St Vitus Cathederal which has the most incredible exterior and equally fascinating interior. We actually took a guided tour of the Castle District with Sandemans New Europe  and would recommend this option if you have some spare cash to play with, the stories about the stained glass windows, the palace occupants etc. are all really interesting!

2) Visit a Beer Garden!

There are a few beer gardens dotted around the City, however we chose to visit Riegrovy Sady which is located in Praha 3 and is apparently one of the more popular beer gardens with the locals. We visited on a Sunday, so it was really quiet, however that was nice as I can imagine it gets super busy in the summer months! The beer garden is located in the middle of a park at the top of a hill, so if you want to go for a walk (or rather… a stumble!) around the park, then you’ll find fantastic views of the city. Do not be deterred by the fact that you may have to walk through some dodgy areas of Praha 3 to get there! And if beer isn’t your thing, there’s a cocktail bar there too! Although when beer is less than the equivalent of £1, you just have to try at least one!

3) Get Lost in the Gorgeous Cobbled Streets!

Prague is one of those cities that you could easily just wander around and get lost in for hours. The beautiful cobbled streets (that do start to hurt your feet after a few days!) and picturesque decorated buildings provide the perfect backdrop for just wandering around and getting lost. In doing so, we actually stumbled across the Wallenstein Palance (the fountain is pictured above) which for some reason doesn’t appear on any tourist maps or feature highly on any review websites. You’ll be bound to stumble across some hidden gems of your own!

4) Eat on a Boat and Watch the Sunset Over the Castle!

This was perhaps one of my favourite moments of the trip. We had just had an amazing day exploring the city, it was our last night and we had more cash left over than we expected, so we decided to treat ourselves. A few days earlier we had seen the Marina Grosseto Ristorante and automatically dismissed eating there as the location would mean that it would be SUPER expensive – we were wrong! Although it is obviously more expensive to eat here than in one of the authentic Czech restaurants outside of the centre of town (also all delicious), a 3 course Italian meal with Prosecco cost us little over the equivalent of £20. If you compare that to what it would cost to eat on a boat on the River Thames in London, that is an INCREDIBLE price. While it’s an Italian restaurant so you wont’ find any Czech delicacies here, the staff are incredible, the food is delicious and the view of the sun setting over the river is to die for.

5) Take a Day Trip! 

Don’t get me wrong, Prague is beautiful and there is plenty to do in the city. However, sometimes it’s nice to get away and see other places within the country to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. We decided to take a trip to Khutna Hora and experience the UNESCO listed town and Sedlec Ossuary (a.k.a the Bone Chapel!). You can see a detailed post on my thoughts of the area here, although I can summarise it for you in one word – BEAUTIFUL! I had been personally recommended to visit the Sedlec Ossuary by a friend,, so this was the obvious choice. Since my trip, I’ve see a lot of bloggers raving about Cesky Krumlov which is slightly further away from Prague but looks beautiful also, see Brooke’s raving review of it here. Is that an excuse for me to go back to the Czech Republic?!

6) Chill Out In The Old Town Square

If you’ve seen photos of Prague, it’s more than likely that you’ve seen a high up aerial shot over the river and cute little buildings, or you’ve seen a picture of Old Town Square. The Square is home of many of the “must see” buildings in Prague such as the “Church of Our Lady Before Tyn”, the “Astronomical Clock”, and “St. Nicolas’ Church” – to name a few! You could easily spend an hour or two wandering around the Square and the surrounding streets that are lined with cute little shops (be warned that anything “touristy” will obviously be more expensive the closer you are to the square). There are also plenty of restaurants and places to sit and relax with a drink while you watch the world (well… the people of Prague) go by!

7) If Shopping Is Your Thing… Head To Wenceslas Square!

At the top if Wenceslas Square, you will find the incredible National Museum which while we didn’t have time to enter, is beautiful from the outside! The rest of Wenceslas Square isn’t so much a “square” but more of a shopping boulevard. The further you head away from the National Museum, the more things start to look commercialised and you lose the historic, beautiful feeling of Prague, but don’t worry, that feeling is just around the corner! The Square is also in a great location to use as a meeting point/place to get your bearings and work out where you’re going! For some reason apparently I took no photos of this area… I was probably distracted by a pretty dress in Zara…

8) Take a Stroll Down Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is always on the lists of “top things you should see in Prague” and rightly so! The bridge is adorned with beautiful statues and the views of the river on a sunny day are unmatchable! You’ll also find plenty of street vendors selling everything from tourist souvenirs, to paintings to jewellery. Although, given that this is a very touristy area, make sure that you’re not being ripped off!

9) Visit The World Famous Astronomical Clock!

A small disclaimer is needed here as many people have coined this as “one of the most disappointing attractions in Europe”. But as it is one of the most famous attractions in Prague and it’s located in the Old Town Square, you have no reason not to visit! My main problem is that it is very crowded with tourists, and the dial is quite high up, so you aren’t able to analyse it in great detail.  I stumbled across a similar astronomical style clock inside a church in Sweden and we stood for the best part of an hour analysing the detail and working out what each part means – such intricate and beautiful work. Every hour, the mannequins on the clock “perform” a little song and dance. It’s over within a matter of seconds and I’ll admit, this “performance” is a let down… but watching all the disappointed tourist’s faces is worth the wait! While you might be disappointed with the appearance of the clock, I find the history to be interesting – did you know that the creator of the clock had his eyes gauged out and tongue cut off under the order of the Prague Councillors so that he couldn’t repeat his work anywhere else? Fun fact of the day!

10) Take a Walking Tour for Some Surprising Game Of Thrones Style History!

I won’t lie, my knowledge of Czech history was lacking before my trip. I couldn’t remember it featuring highly in my school history lessons about the Cold War and the Sandeman’s New Europe Free Walking Tour cleared up why. Hitler LOVED Prague. That’s how beautiful it is – a notorious dictator didn’t want to harm it because it was beautiful. Wow. His right hand man Reinhard Heydrich spent a lot of time in Prague and became to be known as the “Butcher of Prague”. If you want to rewind back a few hundred years, the history gets a lot grimmer. Most people on our tour coined it as “sounding like a real life Game of Thrones storyline”. A word you might need to learn is “defenestration” which is the act of throwing someone out of the window – you’ll be hearing a lot about that!

Have you visited Prauge? What would you recommend people do in this beautiful city?

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I booked my trip to Budapest with very few expectations. I actually spotted a cheap “Groupon Getaways” deal and fell in love with the photo of Budapest. From that one photo alone, I decided that I HAD to go. While I didn’t book through Groupon, I used the same hotel that they were offering and had the most amazing experience.

I travelled with 3 friends who are currently at university in the UK and don’t have too much money to flaunt – Budapest is absolutely incredible for a cheap trip and has firmly reached the top of my list of favourite cities. So without much further ado… here are my top 10 recommendations for Budapest:

1) Watch The Sunset From Fisherman’s Bastion

Sitting on the steps of Fisherman’s Bastion overlooking the Danube/parliament building while the sun sets was one of my favourite moments of the entire trip.

The city as a whole is beautiful and this is the perfect viewing point – at sunset particularly! While it’s an amazing place for viewing the rest of the beautiful city, Fisherman’s Bastion itself is a gorgeous white fortification that is worth exploring. There are a few cordoned off areas that you need to pay to enter – don’t bother! The views from the rest of the area meant that we didn’t feel it was necessary.

2) Admire the Beautiful Tiled Roof of the Matthias Church!


While you’re exploring Fisherman’s Bastion, you will stumble across Matthias Church (it’s pretty hard to miss). You’ve probably already seen photos of this church a million times before. That brightly coloured tiled roof is iconic after all. We just missed the closing time, so I don’t know what it looks like inside – but if it’s anything like the rest of the architecture in Budapest, you’rein for a treat!

3) Stay At All4U-Apartments

I never thought that I would be including a hotel within my “Top 10 Things To Do” within a city but honestly, I can’t recommend this hotel enough. Located in the city centre, you’d expect high prices and lacklustre service but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

I haven’t seen this hotel listed on any booking websites and only managed to find it because of a Groupon deal, so I feel like I’m letting you into a little secret. Four of us stayed in a “2 room apartment” and it was HUGE (as well as beautiful, clean and filled with all the amenities you could ever need).

The grand total for 3 nights in March was EUR 108 (between four of us, this was a measly EUR 27 each). This included a free transfer from the airport on our arrival, assistance in booking activities, maps, free Wi-Fi and free coffee. I could honestly write about this hotel for hours, but I’ll leave you with a link to the Trip Advisor page so you can see just how much everyone else loves it too. Bookings can be made here.

That picture shows our sad faces when we were made to leave our gorgeous apartment!

4) Take A Guided Tour of The Parliament Building

You will without a doubt have seen the incredible Parliament building in photos, however I haven’t ever stumbled across photos of the inside. Luckily, guided tours are available and are definitely worth it. Tours run in multiple languages and at various times throughout the day.

The only downside is that you have to pre-book online (we didn’t realise this but luckily our amazing reception desk at the hotel printed the tickets for us!). Prices vary depending on whether you are from the EU, a student, an adult or a child, but I’d say that the tour is very reasonable. It cost us around 5 GBP which when compared to the British parliament tour in London which costs 25 GBP and isn’t as impressive of a building, I was very happy to pay this cost!

5) Take a Guided Walking Tour of the City

Central Budapest is fairly compact and won’t take you too long to cover the areas that you want to see, I’d therefore definitely recommend taking the time to have someone else show you around and explain the history. Budapest is so rich in interesting history that it would be a shame not to learn about it.

We did this tour on our first morning in the city and it was a great way to get your bearings and decide where we wanted to visit in more detail during the rest of our trip.We took to TripAdvisor and decided to give three hours of our day to this tour – big shout out to Bridget who was the loveliest tour guide! They also hand out a VERY useful tourist map that highlights all the must-see areas of the city – this practically became the holy bible of our trip!

6) Visit a Thermal Bath

Budapest is dubbed the “city of baths” and rightly so as there are SO many baths to choose from. Hungary is a land of thermal springs and Budapest is the only capital city in the whole entire world that is rich in healing thermal waters.

The two more famous baths are Széchenyi and Gellért – we chose to visit the latter, however if we had more time in the city, it would have been great to visit both! Széchenyi has a large outdoor pool area that would have been great in the summer, however we were visiting in March and we were won-over by the elegant Art-Nouveau interiors of the Gellért.

We had done some SERIOUS exploring of the city and were very very tired by this stage, so a morning in a spa was very welcome! We even took advantage of the full body massage on offer (oops!). The waters are apparently meant to be “healing” and while I was dubious, I can confirm that they definitely healed a particularly bad knot in my leg!

7) Take a Look Inside St. Stephen’s Basilica

There is one word for this inside of this Basilica – “wow”. Having visited many churches and cathedrals across Europe, I think that this is one of my favourites. The inside is simply beautiful and shouldn’t be missed. We visited early on a Sunday morning and many people were starting to arrive for their Sunday mass as we were leaving, it’s lovely to see it still in use and see the locals going about their daily routines.

8) Visit the Shoes On The Danube

I’ve heard a lot of people shun this memorial as being “boring”. It’s true, there are very few signs that tell you the importance of this memorial, so many people may walk away without understanding. However, if you do your research into the history, it’s one of the more horrific stories that Budapest has to offer and therefore I find the memorial very harrowing.

In brief, the shoes honour the Jews who were killed in Budapest during World War II. The victims were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away creating a blood-stained river. Located just behind the parliament building, I would recommend a quick visit.

9) Enjoy the Cheap Food and Drink! 

Budapest is known for being a very cheap city – especially for a European capital. Hungary is also well known for producing good quality wine. Hey presto, you have got yourself an amazing meal with beautiful wine at a very cheap price. I’d recommend wandering outside of the city centre to get the best deals. We were lucky as there were many lovely places to eat located by our apartment, so it wasn’t too far to roll home with a full stomach!

10) Wander Across Chain Bridge (Especially at Night!)


Without a doubt, Budapest is a beautiful city and Chain Bridge is a great place to see the city and take it all in. Budapest is particularly beautiful at night time when everything is lit up and “twinkly”. If it’s a good enough location for Katy Perry’s Firework video, then it’s good enough for me! It was while strolling across the bridge on our way back from watching the sunset at Fisherman’s Bastion that one of my friends randomly said “I think this is my favourite day ever” – this sums up how much we loved Budapest!

11) Stroll Down Andrassy Street, Stopping at House of Terror

I won’t lie, Andrassy Street is LONG and will be a trek if you’re already tired from a day of walking and touring the city. At the end of Andrassy Street is hero’s square, Széchenyi Baths and Vajdahunyad Castle, so you are likely to walk down this way at some point! On the way, I would recommend stopping at the House of Terror. Pictures aren’t allowed inside, but it is a really harrowing experience and is a must-see for any history-buffs!

12) Spend Some Time at Hero’s Square

At the end of Andrassy Street is Hero’s Square, a huge memorial to Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders. I’d love to get here really early to avoid the crowds and get a great photo!

13) Explore Vajdahunyad Castle

Opposite Hero’s Square is the gorgeous Vajdahunyad Castle, this beautiful area in City Park is definitely worth exploring. If you visit at the right time of year, you can go ice-skating here too!

14) Eat in Hungary’s Oldest Cake Shop!

Ruszwurm is apparently Hungary’s oldest cake shop and given the 200 year history, they’ve had a lot of time to practice their baking and it is definitely worth your pennies (or Hungarian Forint… whatever…). Be prepared for long waits in peak time. We managed to get a table outside for a gorgeous view of Mathias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion!

I think from the amount I have rambled on this post, you can see that I LOVE this city. Let me know if any of you have fallen in love with this beautiful city as much as I did!

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