On Day 7 of Eastern Road, we made a quick stop in Bratislava, Slovakia to grab lunch. After that, we were on our way to Budapest.
Contiki Eastern Road: Day 7 & 8
After a very long drive we arrived in Budapest – or Buda and Pest, two different cities rolled into one. Budapest, like many other cities in Eastern Europe, is often described as “Paris of the East” – if you spend any amount of time exploring its culture and architecture, it’s easy to see why.
We then made our way to the river, for a cruise, buffet, and to see the city at night.
Luckily for us, the date of our Budapest visit happened to coincide with SPARTY – Budapest’s famed bath parties. And what party it was!
We also played the underwater selfie game – it’s a lot harder than it looks in commercials.
We had a fun night of sightseeing, good food, and swimming around in who knows what. But, as expected on this trip- we’d have to wake up in a couple hours for a tour of Parliament – and somehow, I did manage to get out of bed the morning.
Inspired by the Palace of Westminster in the UK, the Hungarian Parliament Building is the largest and tallest building in Budapest. It’s very ornate, adorned with half a million precious stones, and 40 kg (that’s 88 lbs) of gold.
That night, we went to a ruinpub. Ruinpubs are well known in Budapest. They’re converted from old abandoned buildings and often contain whatever relics were originally there. I love urban exploration and good conversation with good people – so this was definitely a great find.
Watch the video to see the whole adventure!