Trip to Budapest – FRA Edition 2019

Even though I’ve been to Budapest many times so far, I did it again but this time I was joined with my super fun FRA colleagues. It was a hectic weekend with a lot of exploring, walking and laughing. Surprisingly enough, every time I’ve been to Budapest, it was different and there was always new stuff to discover.

View from Buda Castle

We’ve visited the major touristic attractions but also some places which weren’t so tourist-crowded like Margit Island. We also had some amazing food at some great restaurant in the city center. Probably the most fulfilling one was Kadar Etkezde where we indulged into the Hungarian cuisine.

Paprika dish with smashed potatoes and a huge meat ball. Literally made me pregnant after devouring all of it.

According to TripAdvisor, Kadar is one of the best reviewed restaurant in Budapest and we totally agree with that.

Next up, we visited Margit island and found its secrets and why Hungarians are absolutely obsessed with it. I mean, just look at this cute baby deer.

Little baby deer at the Budapest Petting Zoo on Margit Island

What’s to see on Margit Island?

Margit Island is one of the best places to chill on a long weekend, especially during summer time. Hungarians absolutely adore it and they just love to chill near the music fountain, or simply walk around and enjoying the silence of nature. We visited the small petting zoo where we got to see lots of cute animals. We also visited the ruins of the old Monastery which are situated somewhere in the middle of the island.

Ruins on Margit Island

It was also fun to re-visit the Hungarian National Museum and to make it even better, there was no entrance fee on that specific day. Buda Castle, The famous bridges, the Parliament and Saint Stephan’s Cathedral were also invaded by us and hell yeah it was fun.

The National Museum

To end this trip, we enjoyed a really great breakfast at this cool restaurant “According to my mom” and right before we went back to Vienna, we also indulged into the famous Kürtőskalács, so yes, Gym will be my home for the next weeks.

The famous Kürtőskalács
Until next time, Budapest <3
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  1. I have never been to Budapest, or even thought of visiting there. It is always nice to return to a place more than once as that is when you are able to really explore all of the off the beaten path places.

  2. The countryside of Hungary is known for having some beautiful nature to explore. But I wasn’t aware of Margit Island in such close proximity to Budapest. No wonder it is such a hit with the locals as well as tourists. I do hope to be able to visit and experience this part of the world someday.

  3. Wow, what a nice place. That food looks killer.
    One question: Do you know why all of the boots are lined up by the river in that one photo you posted after the interior of the National Museum?

    1. This memorial is depicting the shoes left behind by the thousands of Jews who were murdered by the Arrow Cross. The victims were forced to remove their shoes at gunpoint (shoes being a valuable commodity during World War II) and face their executioner before they were shot without mercy, falling over the edge to be washed away by the freezing Danube waters. 🙁

  4. What a great trip! Budapest is still on my list. Your post convinces me that I should go there because it is a fascinating city. Margit Island sounds perfect for me – I like less crowded places. I would love to take pictures of Buda Castle, The famous bridges, the Parliament by night.

  5. Florin by any chance were you able to taste the famous Chimney Cake? I tasted it once and it was delicious. I am definitely putting Budapest in my travel bucket list.

  6. Budapest seems like such a great country to visit, I haven’t been yet but hope to soon. Margit Island looks like it would be a must. I would love to explore the old Monastery ruins. The food looks delicious, I can’t wait to be able to travel again and try some new things!

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