After spending an entire semester planing out every detail (or mostly just winging it) of each trip, we decided to let someone else take the reins. We used a company called WSA, which has different excursions throughout Europe. From seeing the sites to visiting the thermal baths, our entire two day itinerary was planned for us. Our guide, Bogi, was incredible and made the weekend so much fun. Instead of just learning the history of Budapest, we spent two days laughing together and were genuinely interested in everything she had to say. Check out Bogi's guides to Budapest here or her instagram about Budapest here to see some amazing photos that'll inspire you to pack your bags.
Take a guided walking tour - Budapest is pretty big and has so much history and culture to offer. Have a local take you around and tell you the interesting stories of this fabulous city. Like did you know they filmed Spy there? Or that the cities of Buda and Pest are separated by the Danube River?
Caving - Budapest had some incredible caves, but when our itinerary listed caving, we had no idea what to expect. We thought maybe a short walk through a cave or crawling for a bit, but we never expected to spend two hours crawling through some of the smallest spaces we've ever seen. If you have claustrophobia, this is NOT for you. If you're looking for something adventurous and an amazing workout (you will be sore everywhere for the next day or two), give caving a try.
We stayed at Sziget hostel, which was by far one of our favorite hostels of the whole trip. Let me just preface my review of the hostel by saying that while it was clean and there was a decent amount of space, it didn't offer many extras. You don't get breakfast or meals, but there is a fairly large common room where movies or music are played most nights and a huge dining table.
After some of the hostels we've stayed at (we're talking lime green walls that look like halfway houses), this one was a huge step up. The accommodations aren't what sold us on this hostel though, it was, without a doubt, the amazing staff. We have never met so many interesting people who were nice, engaging, and genuinely interested in our story. They came from every part of the world and every walk of life, but they all had one thing in common: a love of travel and being a bit spontaneous. Honestly, it inspired us.
If you're looking for a fun weekend (or any day of the week honestly), this hostel is for you. They had programming going on for guests every night.
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