Snap: Capturing content is a great way to secure your memories—and beat jet lag. “We landed in the late afternoon and decided to shoot some pictures because, one, we needed to stay awake, and two, because the evening light is amazing,” she explains. The morning sunrise in Budapest is equally as spectacular as the sunset. “I like to shoot the most tourist-y spots in the morning, so I wake up at five and get to the location by 6:00 a.m., shoot, and walk around until 8:00 a.m.,” she says of her strategy. “Then, I go back to the hotel, have breakfast, and head out again.”
In addition to the must-see museums, majestic Buda Castle, and Neo-Gothic parliament building (which contains the Hungarian Crown Jewels), Arminta-Watts says that the Fisherman’s Bastion overlooking the river and Heroes’ Square punctuated by the Millennium Monument were two of her favorite places to take pics and enjoy the view before throngs of tourists took over. “We went to the Fisherman’s Bastion during sunrise and nobody was there. Watching the light shine through the architecture was stunning.” Save indoor activities, like Grand Market Hall, for the afternoon when the sun is harsh and looks better shining through windows.