Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 HOURS IN BUDAPEST
Photo courtesy of Andreas Lehner, Flickr
Despite all the historic churches, ye olde curiosity shoppes, antique stores and Communist-era relics, Budapest is a city that is alive and kicking. Dodge the river cruise shore leave scene and go out in search of guerrilla bars, macabre museums, ruin pubs and gallons of goulash.
9am Start your day in a highbrow kind of way at the Book Café, located at the back of the Alexandra book shore on Andrassy Street. Any day that starts with coffee, cake, pastries, tarts, hot chocolate and books receives a gold star.
11am Mid-morning is the best time to go museum hopping, after all you’re caffeinated and not yet worn out from hours of walking. The Golden Eagle Pharmacy Museum has alchemy and mummified corpses covered, while the Budapest Agriculture Museum has all your creepy taxidermy needs catered to with the deer-head covered Hall of Hunting.
1pm What’s more Hungarian than Goulash by the Danube? Walk down to the Buda side of the Danube River and find Carne di Hall for well-priced goulash, stew, pate and cakes.
2pm Catch the bus to Memento Park, Hungary’s Socialist monument back lot which houses a collection of statues from the Cold War era. Lenin, Marx and Engels are all there, as well as many other Communist leaders – all frozen in time in this open-air museum.
8pm Spend your night in the dilapidated glory of Fogashaz a classic Budapest ‘ruin pub’. Built within a run-down apartment building, spend your night drinking here and you’ll wake up feeling as decayed as the walls of this joint.