While I don't think that I could give you a really efficient city guide on Budapest as I only spent 24 hours there, I would love to share my experiences there with you!
We arrived on Friday morning and checked into our hotel. We stayed at Danubius Hotel Astoria, which is a short walk to most of the main sites of Budapest. It was a beautiful hotel and the breakfast spread was on point.
After breakfast we headed out for a walking tour of the city. Some of the places we saw were the Great Synagogue, Andrassy Avenue (the home of the Opera House and expensive shopping), St. Stephen's Basilica, Parliament, The Shoes on the Danube, and the Chain Bridge. We ended our tour at the top of Pest, to see a panoramic of Buda.
After some lunch we took a short subway ride to the Turkish Baths. These Baths are extremely famous and gorgeous There are a number of pools and on Saturday evenings there is even a "Sparty" where people can come for a party at the complex. Unfortunately all of my photos from the Baths that I took on my GoPro came out poorly... Another excuse to go back....
We finished up our day at dinner at Trofea Grill, an all you can eat and drink buffet. The students loved it, I loved it and my friend who happened to be in Budapest for the weekend loved it. The food was delicious and the champagne kept flowing.
After dinner we headed to Szimpla Kert, an awesome ruin pub. Budapest is famous for its ruin pubs and this is by far the best one.
I wish I had photos of the inside to show you! It was literally the coolest bar I've ever been inside. There were two levels, an outdoor non smoking area and smoking area. There was a huge projection screen outside and wrecked cars filled the courtyard. Walk up a narrow spiral staircase and you'll find yourself in a completely different environment. Downstairs there is a hookah bar as well as a number of places to buy drinks.
I definitely need to go back to Budapest as I don't feel as if I got the full experience.
It's definitely remaining on my bucket list!