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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!

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!

Visited a place called ‘the Bookshop Café’ in Budapest which had this coconut flavoured hot chocolate, which is the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted, & the room we were sitting in looks like something from a Renaissance building in Venice!. Splendid!

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Posted: January 19, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Since 2010 I have been an active member on TripAdvisor, here’s my page. I don’t review every single thing i do, just some of the places that have caught my attention. Im sure there have been loads more bars, parks, restraunts or activities I’ve not reviewed, but these ones are the sure ones that have been worth the effort to promote!.

I absolutely love this site, and its a great tool to use when researching a trip away. I’ve found many great hotels, bars, clubs and activities on it. You should to!

Does anyone else use TripAdvisor more than occationally?, lemme av a look at your profile!. Might have some common likes!

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