My Budapest trip: Day 2

Posted: March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Day 2:

So onto day 2 in our trip!, and it began with a quick bite for breakfast in the hotel. I ended up needing this, as I had quite an amount of walking ahead of me.

St. Stephen’s BasilicaOur ‘home metro station‘ was Leher Ter on the M3 line. We got to the station and headed towards the city centre. Unfortunately the metro line 3 was partly closed so we got off near St. Stephen’s Basilica. I didnt mind this as I got a great oppertunity to take some photos of the building. From there I headed along toward the Chain Bridge, still as beautiful as it was the night before all lit up! Being me, I had to take more photos before heading to the Buda side of the city.

Over on the other side of the Chain Bridge, I was on the Buda side and right in front of me was the Buda Castle district/Hill. The funicular to the top of the hill was very busy so I decided to walk up. I really enjoyed the walk, you get to take in brilliant views of the city as you climb and hear locals playing instruments to the passing public. Buda Castle. It could be a tough climb though for some people. Up top is the Royal Palace which is a number of museums and a national library. I didn’t visit any of these attractions, instead I toured around the castle/palace at my own pace and leisure to take in some simply awesome views, and some photos of course! The Castle district is a pretty big place and walking was taking its toll so I took a rest in a little cafe up on the street ‘Dísz tér’, which had plenty of shops and cafes dotted around aswell as an information point outside the beautiful ‘Matthias Church‘.

Matthias ChurchOpposite the church is the Fisherman’s Bastion, a Terrence on the hill with 7 towers, which represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in Budapest. From here you get some stunning views of the Pest side of the city including the Parliament, the Danube and Margaret Island. Go here! Its an absolute must. There is a little cafe right on the hill which you can take in the scenery whilst having a tea.

I had a fantastic time up in the Castle district and Buda Hill but it was already getting late in the afternoon so I headed to the nearby ‘Széll Kálmán tér’ for the tram back to Pest. Once we reached the Pest side I looked for a coffee shop which my girlfriend had spoke of before we went. This is the coffee shop which I previously posted about ‘here‘. Still the most amazing hot choc I’ve ever had!

After that quick refreshment I headed to the House of Terror on Andrássy út 60, a very informative museum about the horrors of the World War 2, before and after. This was a fantastic museum to visit, it is very detailed, very interesting, but pretty gruelling. Accounts of torture and interrogation are very intimidating to read, and there are some images that can be distressing, but to learn about this brings hope that history can be a learning tool, and not to let this sort of hatred happen again (I have a Trip Advisor review here). This was my last stop for the day, as I headed back sharp to the hotel for some room service and a relaxing night.

Me and the DanubeI had a fantastic time on day 2. I would recommend quite a lengthy visit to the Buda Castle district. It’s a vast area with alot to see and do. I didn’t go into the Place or the museums up the hill but I wouldn’t say not to visit, the same with going into the Matthias Church. I didn’t enter these, but I will on my return to Budapest for sure!

  1. Joe Figg says:

    The architecture there looks beautiful, great photos!

  2. neiltorr says:

    I went to Budapest on a school trip about 20 years ago – thought it was a beautiful place but didn’t see a huge amount and would love to go back. The architecture is stunning and a nice few photos here.

    • imthatchristopherguy says:

      I’ll definately have to return, as much as I saw, I didn’t do much tours. Infact, never even visited a spa!

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