Day 2 – Walking Tour: Budapest, Hungary

On the other side of the river is a park, opposite to it is the Four Seasons Hotel. From Buda, a walk towards Pest has an incredible view . Once you arrive at the other side of the city ( Pest ) allow yourself some time to admire the Buda Castle and the hill from afar, especially at night when the lights are worth capturing a thousand times.

0be67f_e2ae25fbeb8d4938a029120c54bbec3d-mv2When you have captured enough of the picturesque moments you experienced, now walk to the Parliament building along the river. This walk would take around 15 minutes. The parliament building lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest in Budapest. This Gothic Revival style architecture was completed in 1904.

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0be67f_7e73e0e4f2254123918b6d6e5ece1571-mv2Another tourist spot in the city is the St. Stephen’s Basilica, which is nearly 1 km. away from the Parliament building. On the way, walk though the Soviet War Memorial. The surrounding park is quite interesting to visit. This Roman Catholic Basilica is the most important church in Hungary since the country has diverse religion.It is also one of the must-see tourist attraction in the country.

0be67f_a8f6d1c6c2284011925c99da1ebb372a-mv2From the metro station, (Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út) take a train (Yollow line M1) to the famous Heroes’ Square. The square lies at the outbound end of Andrássy Avenue next to City Park (Városliget). It hosts the Museum of Fine Arts on the left and the Palace of Art (or more accurately Hall of Art) on the right. Construction began in 1896 to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin and the foundation of the Hungarian state in 1896. The edifice was completed in 1900.

0be67f_c65998a60e2b497d9435cd9313b48d73-mv20be67f_8f160163d5474f87a36da2f65e73d426-mv20be67f_d9a61490c17c4894962220599b636b54-mv2Just at the back of the square is a small bridge that connects the monuments to a large city park, which is the home of Széchenyi Thermal Bath.

0be67f_65dbdfb817dc4c7d9e002581bb9b0ee0-mv20be67f_62bb5f4cad6b4b7ea005c93fa3d0259b-mv2In this part of the city, the University of fine arts, the Vajdahunyad Castle and the Anonymus Statue are to be found.

Vajdahunyad is a castle in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary. It was built in 1896 as part of the Millennial Exhibition. The castle contains parts of the buildings from various time periods, it displays different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. Today, it houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe.

0be67f_e0077de150914b36834f7442053d2799-mv20be67f_253a52da14ee45f3a2fe96b9be5e00f1-mv2Walking in the park is such a great pleasure. The atmosphere is quiet and from the random sections of it, you can visit the different points of interest (such as a public bath and spa, a circus, a zoo etc.). It has a large artificial lake too. Treat yourself with a cake and a coffee before heading back to the centre.

The Belvaros and Palotanegyet are two neighbourhoods in the city centre where you can find plenty of pubs, clubs and restaurants. The city has a vibrant nightlife thanks to its young population and expanding interest of tourist in the city.

0be67f_1d5ec437e57b4eaf955020b8b9a7a168-mv2The Central Market Hall is near to the city centre and very close to the iron Liberty Bridge. The market offers a huge variety of stalls on three floors. The entrance gate has a neolithic touch. Most of the stalls on the ground floor sell meats, pastries, candies, spices, and spirits such as paprika, tokaji, túró rudi, and caviar. The second floor, mainly eateries and souvenirs. The basement contains butcher shops, fish market, and pickles. Not only do they have traditional cucumber pickles, but they also offer pickled cauliflower, cabbage, beets, tomatoes, and garlic.

0be67f_d580ae08fcde458ea77d9aeab2bac41c-mv2Walk over the Millennium Bridge to the Buda river bank, on the right is the Gellért Hill Cave (the Cave Church). In the 20th century, Hungarian pilgrims  came across the Maria Cave in Lourdes in France, and thought it should be built in Budapest too. There was a natural cave in the Gellert Hill, the St Ivan cave, which – according to the legend, was a place for healing. Some time in the medieval ages there was a hermit called Ivan who cured many people with the thermal healing waters that kept flowing from the underground hot springs from the karst caves of the Gellert Hill. By 1992, the Chapel had been restored and the Pauline Order had returned to the cave. Today, the monks continue to perform religious functions within, though the cave is also a common tourist attraction.

0be67f_95fff8e5d6a14888a5e32a4a567e0a97-mv2Gellért Hill has footpaths going up to the Citadella and Liberty Monuments. Citadella is the Hungarian word for citadel. The fortress was built in 1851 by a commander of the Habsburg Monarchy. It occupies almost the entire high plateau. The fortress is a U-shaped structure built about a central courtyard.

0be67f_a6bf28a2d36a41568e4d2567c2ea630c-mv2The Liberty Statue is a monument on Gellért Hill. It commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary. It was first erected in 1947 in remembrance of what was then referred to as the Soviet liberation of Hungary during World War II, which ended the occupation of Nazi Germany.

0be67f_0dc7dd4060554a21a8ee6d878c6908bf-mv2After the 1989 transition from communist rule to democracy, the statue is dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary.

In summary:

  • Climb up the Gellert Hill and watch the city from the top
  • Buy spices from the Central Market Hall
  • Visit the Heroes’ square and City Park
  • Walk over the Chain Bridge and take selfies with the guarding lions
  • Walk along the Old Town and enter the Buda castle complex from west
  • Visit the old town and take photos of the Pest side from viewing terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion

IMG_9547For airport transfer bus 200E leaves from Kőbánya-Kispest metro terminal every 30 minutes and it takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the airport. Kőbánya-Kispest is on the Line 3 metro route which crosses the city centre. Details are illustrated below.

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  1. Ester says:

    Looks wonderful! in my bucket list!

    Liked by 1 person

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