The deVOL Journal

Budapest, you were the… Budabest

19th December 2022

By Joe Forrest

Casting our minds back to the summer, my partner Sarah and I decided to have a little trip to Budapest to celebrate her birthday.

The first thing we had to do was obviously check out the famous Ruin Bars that are located all over the city, luckily there was one just 5 minutes away from our Air BnB. Whilst having a nice cold cocktail in the local bar, I looked down and straight away noticed some tiles – perfect for a little blog post I thought at the time.

On our second day we decided to have a trip to the Thermal Baths. They are well known in Budapest and there’s four or five located within the area. We decided on the Széchenyi Baths. Once there, the first thing you have to do is take in the amazing look of the building by walking around the grounds. The sun was out, the pools weren’t too busy and it felt like a great choice of day to be there.

We then decided to visit St. Andrea Wine and Skybar to have dinner and drinks, enjoying nice food and cocktails whilst taking in the amazing sunset skyline of Budapest.

Budapest is well known for its architecture and stunning landscapes. We knew where we wanted to go as we had pre planned a bit beforehand and there was a little electric bus route that took us where we wanted to go. The first place we wanted to explore was Buda Castle. With such history and value to the city we knew it was top of the list and we were not disappointed in the slightest. The castle itself was stunning in every way, but the views were even better.

The next stop was Matthias Church. This is the one I had been looking forward to most. This church in particular was constructed in the Gothic style in the second half of the 14th Century, which made me love it even more, it was like nothing I had seen before.

The detail throughout the building, along with the history you learn while walking around it, was something to admire. I then remembered to have a quick look down and there were some more tiles.

After all the walking, we decided to sit and have a rest and I noticed some natural stone tile underfoot which reminded me of the popular travertine range we have with all the pits which bring out the true beauty and character of the tile.

We spent our last evening enjoying a nice boat ride down the Danube River. Starting right at the top, passing all of the amazingly lit buildings Budapest had to offer, with Budapest Parliament being my favourite, lit up perfectly as you can see below.

In the distance we could see the castle and church we previously visited. This was the perfect way to spend our last evening in Budapest.

It’s one of the nicest places I have been lucky enough to visit and would go again in a heartbeat as we feel we had so much left on our list of things to do but didn’t have the time. If you are thinking of visiting, I would highly recommend going and taking it all in.