08.06.2017 – 11.06.2017
Did you know that Budapest, the capitol of Hungary, is actually two cities (Buda has many hills and Pest is quite flat) separated by the Danube River? There are eight bridges that run along the Danube to connect these two cities. We recently spent a few days in this fascinating city with two college friends, Pat and Ashley. We ate all the paprika and some non-traditional Hungarian food as well (Sushi, Food Trucks, and Mexican… Why not?) We started our trip with a free walking tour (always a good choice) to orient ourselves and learn more about the history and culture of Budapest. We ended the trip with a 15-hour overnight train back to Zürich. We had a wonderful time and it was fun to travel with friends!
1 Overnight Train
5 Metro Rides
1 Plane ride
“Created to honor the people (mainly Budapest Jews) who were killed by fascist militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They 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. It represents their shoes left behind on the bank.” – Source
There are over 100 natural thermal springs in Budapest. As a result, thermal baths have been a tradition in this area since the time of the Romans but was strongly solidified by the Turks. These warm, medicinal waters are a very popular attraction in Budapest and throughout Hungary. And if you were curious, yes, a bathing suit is required.
This was one of the coolest things we did! If you’re interested in learning more about this underground hospital that was built within ancient natural caves and later turned into a nuclear fall out shelter… I would recommend! Check it out here!