The Drunken Traveler: Budapest
Eli's Travel Blog
January 19th, 2016
So you're going to Budapest...
Budapest is the Budabest, and everyone makes that pun for a reason. This historic and beautiful city on the Danube is one of the unassumingly dopest cities in the world. It's overshadowed by other popular European destinations, and not many Americans travel east enough to stumble upon Budapest. To be honest, I only went to Budapest because my vote to go to Copenhagen was defeated in an overwhelming landslide by the rest of my friends. All I can say is I’m glad my vote was vetoed. Budapest is one of the most incredible cities I have ever been to, and I felt Buda-blessed to be there. After arriving to Budapest around midnight, getting lost on our way to the hostel, and then binge drinking until our aptly named Infinity Party Hostel stopped playing music (about 10 AM), we were ready to take on our first day in Budapest.
Or not. No one really had a clue what they were doing, so we just wandered. With every turn and step, Budapest had something to amaze us. We accidentally stumbled upon the Hungarian Parliament Building, which is one of the most impressive and beautiful works of architecture I have ever seen. Similar things can be said about a multitude of Budapest’s other landmarks. From the castles to cathedrals to bridges and even the smallest sculptures, impeccable detail was put into each one to make for one ridiculously good-looking city.
What's to love?
3. The Architecture
Yeah, I love architecture and staring at buildings as much as the next guy, (there's a reason this blog is called the Drunken Traveler and not something like The Intellectual Vagabond With An Astute Eye for Aesthetics) but Budapest’s magnificent buildings will make you fall in love with the architecture. It's nuts.
The Hungarian Parliament Building, Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Vajdahunyad Castle, and Dohany Street Synagogue are some that you need to see. And I mean see. As in go inside, spend an hour admiring the freakin’ beauty of it all and then look at all the pictures you took and keep admiring them for the rest of your life. The only issue you'll have is trying to find the perfect angle for your Instagram pics and Snap stories.
2. The Nightlife
Budapest’s nightlife was fucking outrageous. It was one of the most unexpectedly crazy, ridiculous, rage-your-face-off cities I have ever been to. My first night was spent at this hybrid hostel/nightclub Infinity Party Hostel and it was… wow. People were expected to sleep at this place while a never-ending rager occurred just down the stairs. Someone legitimately thought that combining a never-ending nightclub with a place people go to for rest was a good idea, but it works because Budapest.
The next night, we hit up the bath parties that people rave so much about. I went from being disgusted by the idea of a giant orgy in a giant Jacuzzi to almost drowning several times within minutes. It was the most savage, barbaric, un-American thing I have ever taken part in and I cherished every moment of it. Don’t expect to get any Buda-rest while you’re here.
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