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This January, I took Jason away for his 30th birthday to Budapest. It was our first time visiting the city and I'm so pleased we got the chance to experience Budapest in winter. It was absolutely freezing but that just added to the wintery mini-break vibes. When we were at the top of Budapest castle over looking the city, it was so picturesque covered in snow, it really was the prettiest of places! We were even treated to some winter sun on our final day, it was the absolute dream of a mini break!

From the offset, we piled on the layers, drank lots of mulled wine and explored the city. There was so much we wanted to see and do and we did manage to fit a lot in over the 4 days. In general, Budapest is small enough to walk around and find everything you're looking for but not so big that you have to really pre-plan your journeys. We only used public transport once or twice and that was to get to specific areas and when we did, it was super cheap and easy to navigate. It was honestly one of my favourite places I've visited, it was perfect for the chilled out but fun long weekend away we were looking for.

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The Highlights

One of my favourite moments was visiting the Szechenyi Thermal Baths. It was so bazaar running across snowy pavements to plunge into the steamy outside baths! The steam coming off the water was so thick we could barely see each other! It was the perfect way to spend a long morning, we actually went here on Jason's 30th birthday and it was such a lovely way to start the day.

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I absolutely loved just being able to walk around the city in general, I was so surprised that everything was walking distance and we barely had to use public transport at all. It was pretty awesome crossing the chain bridge over to Buda and hoping on a tourist bus to visit the castle. The views from the top were pretty spectacular. Definitely worth a visit if you are checking out the city.

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We had a few recommendations to check out the Pinball Museum. This was a little further out, but it was easy enough to grab a bus that took us pretty much to the front door. It was a really fun way to spend the evening, playing on vintage pinball machines and other retro arcade games. Time went so quickly when we were there, it felt like 5 minutes but was actually 3 hours! They have a pretty cool selection of merch there too, we each bought a pinball museum t-shirt as a nice memento.  

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You can't go to Budapest without visiting the ruin bars! We had such a fun night getting merry at Szimpla Kert, the original ruin pub. It is filled with eccentric decor, cool light features and hidden areas. Our favourite room was covered in old television sets, wires and fairy lights but there were so many different areas to explore, it was hard to choose! 

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Overall, I loved the city and would jump at the opportunity to go back! Let me know if you've ever visited Budapest and what your highlights were :)

Katie x



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