Three Must-Do’s in Budapest

By Perrin

Sunset over Buda

Budapest does not do “small.” Everything is SUPERSIZE, from gothic buildings to giant guard dogs. It quickly became one of my favorite cities. Three big things you must try:

1. Splish splash, take a massive bath

One of many majestic rooms at Rudas Baths

Hungarians, like Turks, approach bath-taking with a religious fervor.

When we arrived at the traditional bath house Rudas Baths, the concierge cautioned that it would be closing in five hours. “How long could a bath possibly take?!” we laughed.

Well, the baths span over 30 rooms, not including the saunas, steam rooms or massage parlors.  Depending on the natural spring beneath each pool, water ranges from fridgid to steaming, fragrant to foul, fizzy to still. It’s an all-you-can-bathe pool buffet and naturally we wanted to try everything.

By the time we were finished, we were flushed and prunier than sun-dried tomatoes–but utterly relaxed.

A couple of tips:

A. The harmless-looking pool labeled “Enter at your own risk” is radioactive. No joke.

B. Rub yourself down with ice chunks before entering the hottest sauna.

2. Visit Szimpla bar

Lively discussions echo across Szimpla’s tastefully littered walls

This multilevel hotel-turned-bar is hopping. The walls are littered with “Found Art” (common objects reimagined) and the dirt-covered floors sprout flowers. The seating was, potentially, curated from dumps across Europe. It’s a Stanley Kubrick breed of orchestrated chaos.

While you’re there try Hungary’s prized plum palinka (brandy) on the rocks.

On the town with some fabulous Brits from Island Hostel

Aluminum aquatic life in a Szimpla fish tank

3. Devour beef goulash and fruit strudel at Great Market

Looks can be deceiving – this beef goulash is delicious

This melt-in-your mouth beefy mix would warm the chilliest polar bear.

Steer clear of cabbage goulash.

Great Market is packed with all sorts of warm and cozy things!

Great Market: home to homemade goods ranging from liquor to cat food.


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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