The views of the river continued to improve as we made our way across the Chain Bridge. From here Castle Hill and the rest of Buda came into sharper focus and Hungary’s Parliament building began to appear. We were lucky and were treated to the most beautiful sky – the sun came out in full force and the early morning fog began to burn off. Budapest is an absolutely beautiful city and it was views like this that made us fall in love with it.
Budapest! The second stop on our grand tour of Central Europe and possibly our favorite. Getting around this region by train is easy and cheap, so we hopped an evening one from Bratislava and arrived in the capital of Hungary less than three hours later. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this train had actual compartments – with plenty of power outlets! – and we managed to snag one all to ourselves. I got to pretend I was on the Hogwarts Express, which made working on my papers for school while traveling a little less painful.
This isn’t really a bucket list, because my actual European bucket list is WAY too long for one post, but rather a prioritization of our mainland Europe must-hit places while we’re living in Scotland. This list is by no means exhaustive and is more of a big trip (week +) vs a weekend trip list. I’m sure we’ll go plenty of places that aren’t on this list and maybe we won’t make it to all five of these, but I can’t help it. I love making lists, planning trips, and dreaming about travel.