The food in Budapest is unbeatable if you’re a fan of peppers and carbs. I ate this chicken paprikash at Cafe Intenzo in the Ferencváros (9th District) part of the city where our Airbnb was. Eating in the backyard garden of Intenzo was the first thing we did after stepping off the train, and it was an awesome welcome. Spicy saucy chicken and the soft egg noodles called nokedli? I never wanted to leave.
Here’s where my Budapest posts start! This is the iconic Chain Bridge with Buda Castle across the river behind it.
My friends and I were only in Vienna for a little over a day, but we did one of our most memorable things there–a many-houred tasting menu at the two-Michelin-starred Steirereck in the middle of Wiener Stadtpark, the 19th-Century park near the city center. The meal was so full of humor, both in the way the servers kept us laughing and in the way the food was approached. This course was a honey tasting, served in a buzzing bee hive so realistic a woman at the table next to us had a momentary freakout. (My whole review is on donuts4dinner.com, if you’re interested.)
In Maria-Theresien-Platz Maria in Vienna, named for Empress Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, who basically ran Central Europe in the 1700s. This is where you’ll find Museumsquartier, the aptly named part of town where all of the museums are. This is also where a man hidden behind some bushes might run his finger across his throat in a menacing manner toward one of your friends.
The Austrian Parliament building in Vienna with a pretty pink ribbon.