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Day 3:

Day 3 started again with a lovely breakfast at our hotel, I was loving the breakfast buffet for the simple fact, nutella was never ending!

Heroes SquareI started the day hoping to go on a walking tour in Pest, however I didn’t get to do this because I couldn’t find the starting point for it. Instead we walked a little up Budapest’s main street, Andrássy Avenue, a street classed as a World Heritage Site, and lined with cafes, restaurants and theatres. Since the walking tour was a miss, I dicided to visit the Budapest Zoo, it was close to Heroes’ Square at the top end of Andrássy Avenue. I took the metro Line 1 which runs up and down this street to get there.

When we reached Heroes’ Square I had to stop for some photos ofcourse, its a brilliant area to see. The square has adjacent museums aswell as statues and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Around a 5 to 10 min walk away is the fabulous Budapest Zoo. Heroes SquareNow I’m a huge animal lover and I firmly believe that Zoos are a great idea, especially to keep certain species protected. I’ve visited some amazing Zoo’s, like the Berlin Zoo and my favourite (by far) Singapore Zoo and Night Safari, but Budapest Zoo is a cracking place to visit. I went in February so it was colder and a few of the stalls inside the zoo were closed but it was still booming with life. You see animals so close, alot is open planned so moats are used to divide the public from the animals. Obviously some, like lions and tigers are behind reinforced glass. There is a reptile house, aquarium, petting zoo and walk through areas where you can get right beside wombats etc. Me and a lionI personally loved the monkey and ape area, there was a baby gorilla called Bongo who was highly entertaining, basically being a pest to his other family members. Its also noted that the Budapest Card gives you a 25% reduction on admission tickets. I spent a good few hours at the zoo, but I was getting rather hungry so we headed for the exit to find a nice place for a late lunch.

Outside the Zoo we were back in the city park. We passed by the The Széchenyi Thermal Baths which I ended up not visiting (such an eejit). The baths looked huge, you could see into the complex a little, looked fun. I continued walking through the park towards the City Park Ice rink, passing the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle. We found a great little restaurant on the edge of the ice rink called Varosliget. From here you get some great views onto the ice rink outside, with locals and tourists trying there hand at some ice skating while you have a great meal. I’ts also good to note if you visit in summer months, the ice rink is replaced with a pond. Angela at petting zooI really enjoyed up at the City Park, its a great place to take in some great sights in both architecture and green space. I had to get a few more photos of Heroes’ Square before heading back to the city centre though, brilliant!.

Once back at the city centre I took another walk along the Danube towards the Budapest Parliament Building. The structure is stunning!, definitely 1 of the most spectacular looking buildings I’ve ever seen! I took in the surroundings of the building and visited the visitor centre underground. The tours were all sold for the day so I looked into getting the tour the following day. There are guards in the Square who move, very little, kinda like the guards at Buckingham Palace. Also good to note is that there’s a tram, tram number 2 that basiclly runs on a stretch of track all the way along the banks of the Danube on the Pest side, including right past the Parliament Building. This was a great route for us getting to and from our hotel area, but also gives great views along Danube.

Budapest ParlimentFinal event of the day was a great dinner in the TGi Fridays restaurant at Oktogon. I needed it! all that exploring of the City Park, Budapest Zoo and Budapest Parliament Building took it out of me. Once again I knew I was going to have a fantastic sleep!, aswell as looking forward to my final full day in Budapest.

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Its been around 3 weeks now since I went a wee trip to Budapest for a few days, it was a fantastic city and was just as amazing to be there, it had plentiful of things to do and see. I thought it would be a good plan to share what I got up to whilst there, but I cannot stress enough how much I KNOW I will return!

I will break the trip into a number of posts, about the different days we were there, so here’s day 1, hope you enjoy!

Day 1:

Edinburgh to Budapest via Frankfurt, was worth the stopover just to see all the planes, but because of this we arrived quite late in the afternoon/early evening to Budapest, around 6pm.

The Danube at nightComing into land we seen the city all lit up for us arriving, although it did look rather alien to us then!. We got into the terminal, grabbed our bags, and got our ‘Budapest Card’, which was a great buy, even for the public transport alone. A quick bus from the airport to the end of the Metro Line 3 and we were on the only metro we needed to reach our hotel/apartment ‘Adina Apartments Budapest’ (I have a review here on Trip Advisor if you would like to read it). We felt lost (a little) but got to the hotel quite quickly. We left our stuff at the hotel and off we went to explore!

Now I was pretty hungry, so I had to go eat at my favourite place, Hard Rock Cafe, always guaranteed a great meal there! And it was great! After a bite we headed toward the river Danube which became our ‘home’ or ‘restart’ place, just incase we got lost. When we reached to Danube on that 1st night my breathe was taken away.

Buda CastleTo see The Citadel, Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge lit up was stunning. I had plentiful of snap happy moments with my camera that evening. I’ve seen some awesome bridges like the Charles Bridge in Prague, The Helix Bridge in Singapore or Ponte Vecchio in Florence, but the Chain Bridge in Budapest has definitely become my favourite. It a beautiful bridge to photograph and take a walk over, even if just to see the statues of the guardian lions close up, they are so detailed. I was getting a little caught up in photographing these beautiful sites that it was already past midnight.

The Chain BridgeI started to walk towards the metro to get home. On the way I passed, what must have been the Budapest nightlife area along a street called ‘Zrínyi utca’. It was full of people waiting to get into clubs etc. At the end of the street we had the St. Stephen’s Basilica in view, all lit up, although the lights went out just as we got close to it. The metro turned out to be finished for the night, so we had to walk home as we weren’t totally clued up on the buses that night, but the walk back, although tiring after a long day, was worth the effort as it taught us some more bearings about the city.

Buda CastleOn the way home we past places like the Budapest-Nyugati Railway station, the massive West End City shopping centre and the Church of Saint Margaret of the Árpád. After that walk back I was shattered, not to mention excited. I had seen so much in a few short hours, I couldn’t wait to see what a few days would bring!