A few months ago, a few of my friends and I found tickets to Budapest in November for something like 13 euros. DIS gives us a little break from class over the week of Thanksgiving, so we swapped turkey and stuffing for goulash and headed to Hungary! Soaking in the thermal baths definitely helped soothe some of the holiday homesickness we were feeling and made up for the pumpkin pie we were missing at home.
On our way to the baths! Our first order of business was to visit some of Budapest’s famous thermal baths, where you can soak in beautiful tiled pools of warm water until your fingers are pruny. We relaxed all morning and even hit the sauna and a polar plunge! I didn’t bring my phone into the baths with me, but you can find out more about the Gellert Bathhouse we visited here.
Budapest’s architecture and views are stunning, from Gellert Hill to the stunning Parliament Building to the Fisherman’s Bastion, which overlooks the whole city and the river. Everywhere you look there’s a gorgeous building, and we spent lots of time walking around and exploring all of the beautiful streets.
We had GREAT food on this trip. Everything was super affordable and very gluten free/vegan friendly, which was great because several of us have dietary restrictions. Everywhere we went had tons options for everyone and marked what items contained wheat or dairy on their menus! Some of my favorite spots with gluten free options were:
- Home of Franziska: had the best gluten free waffle of my life here!!
- Tibidabo Gluten Free Bakery: great coffee a selection of completely gluten free baked goods if you’re feeling something bread-y
- Mazel Tov: a must visit restaurant if you’re in Budapest! The hummus is legendary, but it’s no secret so definitely make a reservation!
And I had to see some art, of course! The Hungarian National Gallery was beautiful and had so many beautiful pieces. A few of us spent an afternoon wandering around its many galleries of landscapes, portraits, and sculptures and then marveled at the view of the Danube from the top.
I think Budapest has been my favorite city that I have visited this semester so far (besides Copenhagen, of course). I loved the buildings, art, spending time with my ladies, and all of the coffee and gluten free treats! I can’t wait to come back someday 🙂