When I told friends and family that I was going to Bratislava in Slovakia, I was often met with confused looks. However, visiting the city fitted in well with my interrailing plans back in the summer, so I figured why not? And I'm so glad I did! It was a city I knew very little about, and I only had a few ideas of what I wanted to do there once I'd arrived. However, all of this added to making Bratislava one of the highlights of my three week trip around Central & Eastern Europe.
Only an hour's train journey from Vienna, or a three hour train journey from Budapest, Bratislava is easily accessible and a beautiful place to explore for a day or two. Situated right next to the Danube River, it has a quaint Old Town, and the impressive Bratislava Castle overlooking the city.
In recent years, Budapest has become one of Europe's most popular destinations for a city break. And rightly so, it's an incredible city and there are countless things to see, eat and do. Budapest was the third destination of my three week interrail trip around Central Europe, and was one of the cities I was most excited for. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint.
Budapest is full of beautiful buildings and amazing views across the river, and is home to tens of historic thermal baths and plenty of delicious food. Budapest is a huge city that captivates its visitors from the very first moment. Originally split into two cities by the Danube River until 1873, Budapest is made up of Buda on the west bank, hence the name of Buda Castle, and Pest on the east side of the river.
Here are 13 amazing places you must see in your first trip to Budapest...
For my first afternoon in Budapest I had no real plans, and so I made my way towards Heroes Square and the City Park, a public park close to the city centre. The park is home to the Szechenyi Thermals Baths, Budapest Zoo and Vajdahunyad Castle, which is by far one of the most beautiful castles I've ever seen!