Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO Our Second Impressions

The next city was Budapest. Budapest is a city we feel some sort of connection with. It was our last stop on our very first round the world trip together, and it was what made the last impression of our trip, and what in some way I believe is what made us want to go traveling soon again.

Going back was interesting, as this time we had quite a different impression of the city.

Last time we thought it was a rough city, but this time we didn’t feel that way at all.

I guess it all comes down to what you compare it with, but it also made me realize how traveling has changed us and how we look at things compared to a few years ago.

Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable. But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all! It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun. Read our Budapest City Guide

Returning To Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO Our Second Impressions

Budapest was our last stop on our very first around the world trip together, which is why it felt quite special to be going back there a few years later.

Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO

Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO

A lot of things have changed since we were there last time. Not so much with the city itself, but with us – yes that is us on the right there back in 2008 —>

Back then Budapest was a part of Europe which we had never seen before, and I remember that we thought it was such a rough place and that the people were very unwelcoming.

You think you learn a lot from a “once off” trip around the world, but the truth is that your first trip around the world is merely an introduction, it’s the travels you make after that which makes you grow and learn even more.

This time around, we arrived there after having traveled through most areas in Eastern Europe, and our impressions were quite different from the previous time.

Budapest gateway to Western Europe

Budapest gateway to Western Europe

Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable.

But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all!

This time we didn’t find Budapest rough, and apart from an angry woman yelling at me throwing her heavy key chain trying to hit me with it twice on the street – people were quite friendly…

It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun.

Budapest is beautiful

Budapest is beautiful

We were there during the summer, and it was super hot outside. Wintertime is the ultimate time to go there if you want to check out the thermal baths, but during summer it’s the perfect weather to check out the rest of the city.

Budapest is a city you can spend quite a few days in and every day it shows a different side.

I’d like to describe Budapest as a city that grows on you. I liked it better the second time than the first, and I can see myself liking it even more if I go back there a third time and really give the city some time to show me its hidden gems.

I have a feeling that Budapest will become like one of those acquaintances that you never planned to get to know but happen to run into randomly every now and then, creating a friend-ship over time.

10 Responses to Budapest Hungary Travel VIDEO Our Second Impressions

  1. Danno_bilton October 2, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    I was in Budapest for a long weekend in may this year, and was really pleasantly surprised. Its such a beautiful city, with so much to see and do. The architecture seems so varied, and yet seems to fit together well. I may never go back, but I’ll never forget it. Such an easy city to get round. D

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Great to hear you liked Budapest, it is a very beautiful city, perfect for a long weekend.

  2. Denise October 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Such a pity that you were there for such a short time. I spent 1 week there and it wasn’t enough. I love Budapest. BTW, just a little detail – the ‘s’ in pest is pronounced ‘sh’ as in ‘shut’.

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Yeah it’s a shame, fortunately we’ve been there before and will probably be going back there again :) Thanks for pointing out the pronouncing mistake.

  3. Thomas | Jus Getaway October 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Loved the video!  I mean of course it didnt seem long enough but at least you were able to visit twice.  I would to be able to go in the near future. Budapest is just one place of many on the list.

  4. Sofia - As We Travel October 7, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks Thomas, Budapest is a great city to visit, but yes, ideally you would have more time there!
    It’s fairly easy to visit as many European budget airlines fly there, like wizz air. Hope you get to visit soon :)

  5. Si @thedepartureboard.com October 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Hi guys, I’m beginning to wonder if Nathan has the world’s largest collection of checked shirts known to man! Great video of a beautiful city, shame you didn’t have more time.  Next time visit Statue Park!

    Have added the video to The Bloggers Guide To Hungary.  Look forward to the next one.

    Kind regards, Si

    • Sofia - As We Travel October 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      hey Si – yes, Nathan loves his checked shirts :p haha thanks for sharing  our video.