Trip made in March 2016
Day 1: The first steps in Pest
After waking up at the break of dawn to catch the plane, I decide to take the first day to check out my surroundings. My hotel was located on Andrássy street east of the Danube river, and so I start with a visit to the city center and the main historical monuments: the Opera House, the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the shoes on the Danube bank memorial, dedicated to victims of the Holocaust.
Day 2: Return to the roots
After a good night’s sleep, I continue exploring the city and head northwest, by way of Margaret Island, which is home to the famous Sziget festival every August. I climb up the hills and spend a few hours deep inside a cave to learn more about the sources of thermal water that have made the city’s reputation. To wrap up this lovely day, I opt for a swim in the Széchenyi thermal bath, followed by a typical meal at Paprika Vendéglo.
Day 3: Spotlight on the Buda
Next stop, Gellért Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the top, I take in the incredible view of the city. It’s also where I was able to visit the Citadella and the Liberty Statue, a symbol of the city’s liberation in 1945. Then, I walked through the gates of the Buda Castle to visit its surroundings. The ramparts of the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church create a medieval atmosphere. At night, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge lights up and that is one breathtaking experience!
I loved: visiting the whole city on foot.
I recommend: the Paprika Vendéglo restaurant with its original decoration and welcoming atmosphere.
I was surprised by: how dynamic the city was, as well as the contrast between the modern and past details.
From left to right and from top to bottom: Parliament – The Széchenyi Chain Bridge – St. Stephen’s Basilica – Heroes’ Square – Shoes on the Danube bank – Chicken liver seasoned with paprika – Fisherman’s Bastion – Buda Castle – The Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Buda Castle by night