Budapest is only 2.5 hours from Vienna by train and thus the perfect destination for a short getaway over the weekend. Therefore, Friday after work, Melissa and I hopped on the train at Vienna Main Station and arrived at the Hungarian capital in the evening.
For the weekend, we stayed at the 5* Matild Palace – a Luxury Collection Hotel, a relatively new hotel in the center of Budapest and within walking distance to most of the major sights across the city. But to be honest, it was only thanks to Melissa that we stayed there as she got a pretty good deal on the room rate. Anyways. Once we checked in at the hotel, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we opened the door to our room. Because it was probably the most luxurious one I’ve ever stayed in.
After we got ready, we first went for a drink at The Dutchess Budapest, the hotel’s rooftop bar before heading out later. On our first evening, we went to Szimpla Kert, where I’ve already been during my first time to Budapest. It is one of the so-called „ruin bars“ around the city and a pretty relaxed and also international place to hang out in the evening. Hours went by and, suddenly, it was already 5.30 am and time to go home.
Although we had the most comfortable bed at this luxurious hotel, we only got a few hours of sleep. So, the following morning, we got up again, got ready, and went out for some late brunch at Pantry Brunch & Coffee. Afterwards, we just strolled across the city before it was already time for Melissa’s tattoo appointment. Back at the hotel, we took a quick rest and then got some drinks at the hotel’s rooftop bar again. Although I was pretty tired that day, Melissa still convinced me to go out again – and so we did. While we first tried another club that evening, we ended up at Szimpla Kert again, where we also met other internationals and had another fun and intense night out. But this time, we made it back home at least by 4.30 am.
On our last day, we slept in and then had breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant Spago by Wolfgang Puck, which offered basically everything you could wish for – even a la carte dishes. After breakfast, we visited Fisherman’s Bastion, from where you have a great view of the city. Later, we strolled along the Danube to the Hungarian Parliament Building and then had an early dinner in the city center before heading to the train station. And tired but happy, we took the train back home to Vienna again.