Üdvözöljük Budapesten!

or Welcome to Budapest (for all you non-magyar speakers)!

Budapest is a city that I am quickly falling head over heels for. For starters, this place is huge! it used to be two towns, the hills of Buda and the plains of Pest. after a while they decided to hang together and help each other out. then they became one city that joined the two names together and then built bridges over the Danube river that separated them and lived happily ever after. (well aside from that messy business with the nazis and communism and whatnot, but more on that later!)

for all of it’s expanse, there are not heaps of people everywhere. off the top of my head, i dont think we’ve gone anywhere and faced a long queue. which is always nice! with the two towns joined together, there are endless things to do here. we’re set to stay for 10 days, and I don’t think well even come close to doing all the cool things we found to do.

we started day one with something that I am super fond of doing (and highly recommend to anyone going to a new city) – a bus tour.  apologies now, this one might be a bit photo heavy. I’ll try to incorporate any cool tidbits I can remember.

Budavári Palota (Buda Castle) as seen from the Pest side of the Danube

Magyar Tudományos Akadémiáról (Hungarian Academy of Science)

Chain Bridge
Erzsébet Hid (Elizabeth Bridge) and Gellért Hill
Buda Castle from  Erzsébet Hid
Széchenyi Lánchíd (Chain Bridge)
Dohány Utcai Zsinagóga (Dohány Street Synangogue)

This synagogue is the second largest in the world – the largest is in NYC. It was designed to be beautiful and inviting whilst also being an impressive sight.

Astoria Hotel

This hotel survived the Nazi occupation and its interior has been kept in the pre-WWI state. Apparently lots of filmmakers like to use it because of its historical accuracy.

a monument to Gellért.
Gellért Hill
the Gellért Hotel and Baths

Grand Market Hall
Freedom Bridge
I think this may be the most beautiful photo I’ve ever taken.
the Pest side of the Danube
Erzsébet Hid
Halászbástya (Fisherman’s Bastion) and Matthias Church
Parláment
Pest – including Szent István Bazilica (Saint Stephen’s Basilica)
Saint Margaret’s Island
Rambo is super excited to be on a tour bus. Obvi.
Parláment

Their Parliament building was inspired by Westminster. This building, to me, immediately brings that building to mind while maintaining such differences as to make it truly interesting in its own right. The top of Parliament and Szent István Bazilika measure 96 meters tall. This was to commemorate the year 1896 – 1000 years of the Magyar people settling Budapest.

a look back towards the Buda Castle
Opera House

the building built for the Hungarian Ballet – way back in the day.
Fine Art Museum
Contemporary Art Museum
a Lada Riva!
I’m learning that I have a soft spot for communist-era Eastern European cars. These Lada Rivas and Trabants are too cute!

Phew! The bus tour was super informative with stories that I will try to incorporate throughout our trip. Hope you liked a quick tour of the city!

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