“Hello!” Tamás says with a smile as bright as California sunshine. “It is so nice to see you again!” I look around, and then realize he’s talking to me. Somehow the owner of Aszú Restaurant in Budapest remembers me from when I was here last January on my first trip behind the long-fallen Iron Curtain.
And then he says the words that make my heart sing: “We still have the wild boar on the menu.” I’ve been dreaming of this
moment through weeks on the road of some of the hardest travel I’ve ever done, including 26 hours motoring through Eastern Europe just this week. But to be honest, I’ve been dreaming of this moment since I left here eight months ago with the taste of wild boar still on my tongue. I just had no idea they’d remember me the same way I remember them. The warmth and friendliness of Aszú’s staff is a microcosm of what I experience everywhere in this city and one of the main reasons I love it so much.
Budapest captured my heart the moment I stepped off the train. The city manages to blend old and new seamlessly in a way that delivers charm with the accessibility travelers crave. My first stay of only a day and half was way too short, so on this trip I budgeted ten full days at a time when I knew I’d need comfort and a bit of luxury.
Here are some things to love about Budapest:
Getting Around – Budapest is one of the easiest cities to get around I’ve ever visited. You can easily walk the entire city, and they have an amazing public transportation system for when you’re tired.
Bath houses – Budapest has more thermal springs than any other capital city in the world.
Things to Do – Budapest is full of interesting sights and fun things for visitors to do
Night time – Budapest comes alive at night with thousands of lights and quirky pubs.
Food and Drinks – From quaint bistros to ethnic food to wine bars and hip pubs, Budapest has it all.
Confronting the Past – Not all of Hungary’s past is pretty, but they don’t shy away from it. Instead, they present it in a graceful, elegant way.