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Budapest by Night

Budapest is gorgeous during the day, but I didn’t truly fall in love with the city until my first night there. We headed down to the Danube at sunset, and the sky was painted with bright oranges and yellows.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We boarded a boat for a sunset tour along the water.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

© Fnégy Stúdió Kft

You absolutely cannot go to Budapest without getting out on the water during sunset. The views are truly, truly spectacular. As the sun goes down, the city’s famous buildings and landmarks become bathed in light.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Before you know it the buildings light up the night, and this light is reflected in the waters of the Danube below.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

How could you not love a city this remarkable?

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

© Fnégy Stúdió Kft

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

My other favorite evening in Budapest almost didn’t happen. At the last minute, Michelle, Sean and I decided to visit the Citadella (Citadel) on the top of Gellért Hill.

You can still see the Soviet influence on this fortress. The Szabadság Szobor (Liberty Statue) in the center was erected in honor of “Soviet’s liberation of Hungary during WWII.” The other statues similarly commemorate the Soviets “saving” Hungary.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Not surprisingly, the statues aren’t what made the night so special. Instead, it was watching the sun set over Budapest.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Watching the sun go down while overlooking stunning Budapest was one of those moments that, even while you’re living it, you think “this is going to be a memory that I’ll never forget.”

It was a truly incredible night.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And it was only made better when I came across some love locks! I love love locks!

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As with the boat tour, we were able to watch Budapest come alive, with lights turning on across the city.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even though it was evening, we felt like we were watching the city wake up.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Leave it to Sean to utter the dad joke that it was “the Pest sunset” that he’d ever seen!

Afterwards, a few others from our ReConnect Hungary birthright trip joined us at the Citadel, and we hiked down Gellért Hill towards the Danube below.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We stopped at the Gellért Monument which pays tribute to Saint Gellért, the bishop who helped convert Hungary to Christianity.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The view of the Erzsébet Hid (Elisabeth Bridge) from the monument is pretty spectacular.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As we descended Gellért Hill it looked like Budapest was on fire. There were so many lights!

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We then wandered along the Danube for awhile before reluctantly deciding to head to bed.

Budapest at night - Hungary travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

These were easily two of the best evenings of my life.

Budapest at night is my happy place.

~A

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