Budapest: Day One

7 October 2014

image from Budapest: Day One

After arriving in Budapest late the previous evening, we were up early to make the most of our city break. Our first stop was the Hungarian Parliament Building.

Tours of the Parliament Building are available on a daily basis in most European languages. We booked our tour online prior to our arrival in Budapest to make sure we avoided any queues. Ticket prices are very affordable, and if you are an EU passport holder you get in for half price.

The tour is quite short - about 45 minutes including the security check - but well worth it to see the lavish interiors of the building. You are guided through the Main Staircase, the old House of Lords and the Hungarian Coronation Jewels in the Dome Hall (the only room where photos are not permitted).

After having an early lunch we returned to our hotel room to get ready for the afternoon activity: adventure caving! Cave exploration is one of my boyfriend’s many hobbies and after an enjoyable experience caving in Australia I was looking forward to giving it another try in Budapest.

We met up with our guide from Caving Under Budapest and made our way via bus to the cave site. Things were a bit unorganised at the beginning, with most of the other people on the tour arriving late and then we were expected to separate ourselves into three groups. It was much later than I expected by the time we were geared up and ready to go.

Having done an adventure caving tour previously I thought I was quite well prepared. Turns out this one is a lot tougher than the one we did at Jenolan Caves! The small spaces were a lot tighter and I ended up covered in bruises on my knees and elbows. It’s very physically challenging but still a great experience.

We had anticipated we’d be sore after the caving tour so we had booked in a massage at our hotel that evening. The perfect way to unwind after a long day. We went to dinner afterwards and then for a walk along the river to see the city lit up at night.

After returning to the hotel we enjoyed a couple of cocktails in the bar before heading to bed, ready for another busy day tomorrow.



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