Instagramming …. Budapest.

While Berlin remains my favorite city in the world to live in (see why I moved to Berlin), Budapest is my favorite city in the world to visit.

Over the course of 2012, I travelled to Budapest three times – once with a man friend, another time with my best friend, and finally on my own. In fact, it was the last place I visited in Europe before moving home to Toronto.

These Instagram photos of Budapest were taken during those three trips, representing some of the things I love most about the city.

Instagram Budapest

The Thermal Baths

The thermal baths are at the top of my Budapest “to do” list.

Széchenyi was the first thermal bath site I ever visited. It was winter, close to Christmas, and I dropped my robe, running out into the cold night and jumping into one of the heated pools as quickly as possible, screaming with delight the entire way.

Standing there alone, I took in the scene around me: a combination of the neoclassical architecture, bright stars shining above, spewing fountains and thick puffs of white steam whirling around. It all made for one of the happiest moments of my life.

I’ve been to Széchenyi many times since, and finally on a hot, summer day when I sipped cold beer with my best friend from Germany.

Széchenyi Fürdő

Another highly recommended bath is Gellert Spa where I went with my man friend. It’s much more refined and upscale than Széchenyi and you can also stay at the adjoining Danubius Hotel Gellért (a property on my radar when I visit next).

Gellert Baths and Spa Budapest

Panoramic City Views

While staying at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace Hotel, I was treated to this magical moment. However, the views of the Chain Bridge and the Buda side of the city during the day weren’t bad either.

Spring in Budpest

Spring in Budpest

Luxurious Old-World Accommodations

It’s easy to see why my photo of the luxurious Four Seasons lobby got me featured on the main page of The design of this renovated art nouveau landmark is absolutely stunning.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Another high-end property, the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace (now closed) boasts a similar but more understated lobby. 

Buddha Bar Klotild Palace

Some other good places to sleep in Budapest are the sexy Prima Fashion Hotel and the cool Wombats Hostel.

Historical Homes

As if the posh hotels weren’t enough, the historical homes of Budapest are just as beautiful. Take a peek into a residential courtyard.

Budapest Home

This is the front door of a flat I booked through Roomorama (operates much like Airbnb).

Budapest Home

On the other side of that door lies a hallway shrouded in a mysterious haze.

Budapest Home

Modern Parks

Millenaris Park, located in Buda, is a bit out of the way but well worth the visit as there are reflective ponds, theaters and exhibit halls.

It was here that I took in the Invisible Exhibition, where you can learn about what life is like for the blind.

Millenáris Park

Millenáris Park

Millenáris Park

Millenáris Park

This building was not officially open the day I went in as my entry earned me a stern scolding from a security guard when he swiftly kicked me out.

At least I scored this photo of the interior before having to leave!

Millenáris Park

Tourist Hot Spots

Of course, no visit to Budapest is complete without taking in some of the city’s more notorious tourist sites. Be sure to check out my Weekend Guide to Budapest for even more information.

The ever-pretty Buda Castle is always a favorite.

Buda Castle - Budavári Palota

Matthias Church and the nearby Fisherman’s Bastion (which looks spectacular on a foggy day).

Matthias Church Budapest

Heroes Square, also worth viewing on a foggy day.

Hősök Tere - Heroes Square Budapest

A statue behind St. Terez Church.

Budapest Square

The Hungarian Parliament, best viewed at night when taking a Danube river cruise.

Budapest Parliament by Night

The Chain Bridge at night where I had a special moment – here’s an excerpt from a previous post:

Breaking my reverie, my friend suddenly exclaimed, “Isn’t Budapest romantic? This city is beautiful. In fact, I think it’s even nicer than Prague.”

I stopped, turned and looked at him smiling. It was as if he read my mind and even my heart. I’d never met someone who felt the same way as I did about Budapest!

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

My favourite ruin bar in Budapest is Szimpla, where you can drink cheap beer while sitting in the comfort of a bathtub or even watch a movie in their open air theatre.

Did you know there’s also a Szimpla in Berlin?

Szimpla Ruin Bar - Watch Movies
If you liked these Instagram photos, you should definitely also read my Instagramming…An Alternative Side to Budapest post to see a different side of the city.

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Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. Great shots. Especially impressive are the night shots – it’s amazing to me that my iPhone is often better for night time shots than my actual camera! We, no surprise, love Budapest. It’s absolutely a city we’ll be going back to again and again…and I know exactly what you mean about it being a great place to visit!

  2. I adore Budapest. My fav baths are Lukacs – great neighbourhood and you can drink the thermal water there. Your photos are fabulous – I can’t believe that it’s now illegal to take photos of any people in Budapest – did you hear that? It’s going to be mighty difficult to shoot a street scene.

  3. Thanks Carol! I’ve yet to check out that bath but will try on my next trip. And you can DRINK the thermal water??? How wild! 🙂

    I’m anxious to experience Rudas and also one of the all night parties typically held at Széchenyi.

    I heard the new law about photos. Gosh, that sucks! I’m not sure how they’ll be able to enforce it (there’s A LOT of stuff happening in Hungary that’s just wrong) … will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

  4. Great tour Cheryl enjoyed the instagram highlights, come and link it up today for Travel Photo Mondays

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