Budapest, Hungary – This was my first time visiting Eastern Europe and I have to say that his has become one of my most favorite places in the world. Not because it costs less to get around than other parts of Europe but the people here are much more welcoming and friendly. The food is amazing with huge portions and the culture is something very special.
- Upon arrival at the airport, take the bus/shuttle into town.
- Buses and the train system here is very easy to use and the price is very cheap compared to other countries in Europe.
- The locals love sharing their culture! Talk to shop owners, waiters, and others.
- Have some cash! Yes, most places take credit card but you’ll run into a few spots that will only take cash.
- Some places look great during the day but you need to visit certain spots at night for a completely different experience! An example would be Fisherman’s Bastion.
Places to Visit as a Tourist
- Szechenyi Thermal Baths – Huge public bath house with many different pools where you can relax and also get food. You can also buy your tickets online to save time upon check-in.
- Fisherman’s Bastion – Beautiful architecture. Be sure to visit this in the evening when it’s all lit up.
- Heroes’ Square – You’ll pass this on the way to Szechenyi and it’s really close to the famous restaurant Paprika Vendeglo.
- St. Stephen’s Basilica – A beautiful church in town that is also lit up at night
- Szechenyi Chain Bridge – Cross thing bridge to get from the Pest side of the river to the Buda side of the city.
- Buda Castle – Old castle that is worth a visit
- Hungarian Parliament Building – You can also see this building from Fisherman’s Bastion
- Gellert Themal Bath – Another alternative to Szechenyi if you want to try another one.
- Danube Bank – A very historical memorial that is worth visiting
Food in Copenhagen is really fresh. All the vegetables, seafood, and even meat out here is of high quality. Be sure to check out the markets as well while you’re visiting. Below is a list of a few things to try while you’re in town:
- Paprika Vendeglo – a very well-known restaurant with traditional Hungarian food that the locals love as well! Try to get there early or make a reservation if possible.
- Central Market Hall – Lots of shops and foods to try upstairs for a really great price.
- Other things to try include: Goulash, Langos, Paprika Chicken, Töltött Kaposzta and more!
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
For this trip, I visited Carlson Grace Team – Hungary. For more information, check out this link:
Note that to take a class here you must have at least 4 stripes on your white belt as this is the headquarters. Class is conducted by Professor Mihaly Sztraka who is a great instructor. Be prepared for a large class! When I was visiting, there were about 50 people altogether on the mat for class. There was a wide range of belts as well!
Training here is tough! Be prepared to train hard and have some advance rolls! Everyone here is really friendly and won’t hesitate to show you some new moves or give you advice about Budapest.
During my session here, I was able to pick up some new techniques from the William’s Guard that I was able to bring back with me to the States which I really appreciated. There is also no drop-in fee if you plan on only training 1-2 time while you’re in town. Great hospitality and with so many students there will most likely be someone on the mat that can translate for you as well so no worries about that. Check them out if you’re in Budapest!
Hungary left me wanting more! I wish I had more time here – maybe just another day or two. Especially after training, I wish I had time to visit some of the other thermal baths since it was one of the most relaxing experiences I’ve ever had next to a Japan natural hot spring! Beautiful city at night and rich culture that is well worth exploring.
Budapest, Hungary – March 2019
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