Budapest Sugar Rush: Grand Cafes and Sweet Patisseries

What could be better in winter than to soak in hot thermal waters and enjoy some very fine cakes? As a child, we usually travelled to Hungary during late spring for a week’s holiday. We had to apply vor a visa months in advance and could only change a small amount of our currency into Hungarian Forint. This was enough for the Leanyfalu Baths, but we never ate put and shopped in supermarkets only – with the exception of a single trip to the then Cafe Hungaria which stuck in...

Taking the Waters in Budapest

Is a winter trip to Budapest a good idea? It can be pretty cold, and due to its easterly location it gets dark early.  But flights to Budapest and hotels cost a lot less, than in the summer, restaurants and attractions are open all year, and this is the perfect time to wallow in the city’s many thermal baths! Winter hadn’t even started properly, I was unemployed and going back and forth to my home town visiting my sick grandmother, sitting on local trains for about six hours...