It was my third time in Budapest. I first discovered Hungary’s capital in August 2007 when I visited much of it during a 5-day trip with a bunch of friends. Later, in May 2008, I took a day trip to the beloved city. And this summer it was time to come back to Budapest, but this time I wanted something slightly different.
First of all, I wanted a romantic vacation with my boyfriend (now, fiance). We both love the city and I’ve always argued it’s one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Then, I wanted to be active, to hike off the beaten path and to enjoy the nature.
Before we left, I did a search for “sightseeing tours” in Budapest and one of the ideas was to take the Cogwheel Railway , then the Children’s Railway and then hike up to Elisabeth Loookout Tower, the highest point in Budapest.
On a Tuesday morning, we left the camping early (yes, we stayed in a campsite close to the center) and took M2 (metro line) to Széll Kálmán tér . Then we switched to tram 61 to Városmajor . Here is the stop for the Cogwheel Railway to Széchenyi-hegy. Now, up the hill to get to the Children’s Railway stop.
First, we took the scenic train all the way to the last stop and then came back to stop at János-hegy in order to hike in the forest to Elisabeth Lookout Tower.
The view from above is amazing. The tower has 4 stories but the higher you go, the more you can see. It was rather windy up there, although on the ground it was hot and you couldn’t feel the air moving.
Then we Took the metro back to the city center and enjoyed guyas , a hearty Hungarian stew , traditional made with red meat (but you can find it made with fish or chicken, as well).
I will always keep this memory in my heart. It was romantic to walk hand in hand , although at one point we were both huffing and puffing (ooops, fitness anyone?). It was amazing to take the scenic train in the woods and enjoy the clean mountain air.
Just remember to take the water bottle with you (there are fountains along the way to refill it) and to wear comfortable walking shoes.
This photo of me was taken by my fiance as we were visiting Castle Hill.
This article was written as an entry for the travel writing competition organized by travelizer.co.uk