So what's all the fuss about Budapest? Why even bother to write about it? Well let me clear my throat. Because there is A LOT. As a former tour guide (mmhmm EA alumni as we like to say) Budapest is hands down one of my favorite cities. I meant to go there for a weekend and ended up spending a whole freakin' week! I mean I could go on forever about the pure awesomeness Buda has to offer. But before we get side tracked, I'll let you snack on the fact that Budapest is home to the following.
1) #1 Party Hostel in the World (According to people who party at hostels)
2) #1 Best Bar in the World (According to Lonely Planet)
3) #3 Best Bar in the World (According to Lonely Planet)
But let's save the best for last....
Oh yes, first things first, you're probably wondering, "WHAT THE HELL ARE ALL THESE AWESOME PHOTOS FROM?!"
Subtle answer....The Spa Parties in Budapest
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The, "Lukacs Bath" parties are even more wild than the Szechni Baths for one reason....there is a bar which you can buy drinks and bring them into the baths. Plus, the Lukacs baths have a dj, so you can even dance and rage while you drink...in a hot tub, if that's your thing.
The "Lukacs Baths" are in operation from November 29th to March 28th, so you can be sure to live it up here in Budapest. I won't sugarcoat it at all, these parties can be X-rated, but for good measure. They are 100% safe (you will be screened at the door) and there are security guards who are constantly scanning the pools to ensure safety...minus the lewdness of course.
The Bath Parties are definitely a great time, but you can overdo it. Be sure to wear your wintry clothes to the event (Yes, it does get really effin' cold out in Budapest) and you'll probably have to take a taxi from one of the hostels to the Lukacs Baths. Should cost about 10-15 euro.
Be sure to use the buddy system as well. The baths can get crowded and with that many people, it's always a good idea to have a grasp of where your friends are.
With that being said, this is my number one reason for going to Budapest. These parties are unlike anything you've ever dreamed of...college pool parties don't even come close. One thing is for sure, these Eastern Europeans know how to throw a party!
For more info on the Budapest Baths: See the link below.
Also, if Spa Parties are not your thing, yet Budapest is still on your list (Like I think it should be for everyone) then you will find a boat load of other architectural masterpieces at your disposal. In my mind, Budapest rivals and in some cases even beats Prague in terms of architecture and history. You'll have to get a first hand look, but I will leave you with one photo to encapsulate you.
The Fisherman's Bastion is an architectural phenomenon, located at the top of the hill on the other side of the Danube River. It is adjacent to St. Matthias' Church and used to be an outlook for invading armies coming into Budapest (BAD ASS I know). It is part of a much larger structure that you have to see in person. Posting pictures of it here just won't do it justice.
Take my word for it though.
Let's face it, spice up your study abroad experience and GET TO BUDAPEST!
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P.S. Budapest boasts one of the scariest, yet most elegant parliament buildings in Europe. Can you believe people built this? And make laws inside of this monstrosity?! Located right on the Danube River, the best view of the Parliament building can be seen from the above 'Fisherman's Bastion' on the other side of the river.