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June 2017, Budapest – Hungary
There’s something magical about Budapest.
The imperial Buda and buzzing Pest, 2 old brothers meeting by the Danube river. And just to make the bond stronger, the magnificent Chain Bridge holds the East and the West together.
Here’s our plan for a 2-days packed itinerary: 1 day in Buda, 1 day in Pest.
If you stay in Buda, there’s no better way to start your journey than climbing on the top of Gellért Hill, to the Citadella.
Warning: steps and paved tracks included.
But once you get up there, you’ll be rewarded with the most breathtaking view of the city.
And soon we realize: how on Earth can we cover it all in 2 days? There’s no way I’m leaving a piece of this cake in my plate. 🙂
Still on the hilly side, make your way up to the Buda Castle. Second best view of the city!
Aaand just because (we think) we’re in shape, we’re not even considering taking the Funicular.
Bored of churches?
Not this time! The Gothic-style Mattias Church is unlike anything you have seen.
In love with fairytale towers?
This might be the place for you. Fisherman’s Bastion looks like the logo of Walt Disney films, only nicer.
And as you’re standing there, admiring the green surroundings of Buda, have this in mind: somewhere far in the distance, there’s the home of Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik cube.
How cool is that?! 🙂
What a better way to end the day, than taking a Danube cruise? Our tired feet could not agree more.
So this is how you enter another world: the busy, vibrant Pest.
The 2 hours of sailing, 1 hour stop exploring the lovely Margaret island, are just what you need to recover your senses. Glass in your hand, you will listen to legends of Budapest and good music.
A real treat.
Let’s see what Pest has to offer.
Well here’s the Hungarian Parliament Building, a magnificent 100 years old example of neo-Gothic architecture, third largest in the world.
Second iconic building: St. Stephen’s Basilica, (symbolically) equal with the Parliament (96 meters). No other building can pass this height.
Swimsuits in our backpacks, sun over our heads, we’re rushing to the Szechenyi Baths, one of the largest spa baths in Europe. When we finally get to the place, a gigantic queue is ruining my dream.
What do you know, it’s a public holiday for the Hungarians. And on top of everything, a bunch of bachelors and bachelorettes just had the idea of flying from all across Europe to party exactly here. Exactly today.
My patience cannot resist more that 1 hour in a queue. Especially when they announce the place is full.
So, tail between the legs, we go for a walk in the park nearby. Take some photos of the lovely Romanesque-style Vajdahunyad Castle.
The regret of not reaching the baths ends up with: “They were old anyway!” 🙂
After all, nothing can take away the beauty and royal charm of the city.
You have to try the Goulash, Cheese soup and the Tokay wine.
Up we go. Zagreb, here we come!
You can find here our summer cross-country roadtrip itinerary: costs&map included.
Happy travels and stay safe!