Budapest, a beautiful city, one of the largest in Europe, with a rich history that defines and paints the busy streets intertwining on both banks of the Danube river.
Once two cities, Buda on the west and Pest on the east bank of the Danube river, today form a culturally rich city, with a busy market center where once Pest was, and hills with its residential palace overlooking the streets filled with tourists from the other bank, where once Buda was.
For me Budapest is a city where I love to go and once I leave there is always something calling me back. This time I only visited for three days and it wasn’t nearly enough for me.
As we entered the city the first stop was Budapest Citadella and a stunning Liberty statue. Either by car or just taking a walk over the hills to the top, getting there is worth it. It’s one of the best spots for taking photos of Budapest and its bridges.
I’m continuing my visit to the Pest side of Budapest, through busy streets to the Heroes’ square. The square itself is surrounded by the Museum of Fine Arts on one side and the Hall of Art on the other side.
The first thing that catches your eye is the spectacular Millenium Memorial as well as the statue complex featuring Hungarian noblemen and leaders throughout history.
Standing in front of the statues at moments you feel so small just because of their size and the immense attention to details.
Across the square at the entrance of one of the most beautiful parks in Budapest there is a natural ice skating ring for those who visit Budapest in winter, a lake during spring and summer with rowing boats and a beer garden during the Oktoberfest. Standing out in the park there is a medieval Vajdahunyad castle with a small Christmas market where you can buy souvenirs, hand crafted toys, delicious streets food or you can visit the Agricultural museum.
As the Heroes’ square is situated on top of the Andrassy street, one of the most beautiful streets in Budapest, filled with palaces turned into embassies, high end stores, cafes and the stunning Opera house, I continue to the busy city centre.
The Great Market Hall is an amazing display of Hungarian national products, fresh fruit and vegetables, red chili peppers and smoked ham & sausages. The best place to see the Christmas decorations is the second floor where there are hundreds of souvenirs from those magnets you can put up on your fridge to Hungarian national costumes.
Food not as cheap but a sight for sore eyes, small stands with large portions of food, crowds of people enjoying food on balconies overlooking the market, you will enjoy every second.
After a long day, nothing is better than a hot cup of mulled wine in a small cafe at the bank of Danube river, looking at the light up bridges of Budapest and palaces on the hills of Buda.