Out of my 34 days in Europe, 3 days were spent in Budapest in which I traveled solo. I was a little afraid, a little uncertain at first but it looks like I had nothing to worry about and yeah I made it back in one piece ! There was so much to do in Budapest and the best part is, it’s one of the most affordable countries in Europe. Continue reading
Spending a day in Castle Hill gives you an ultimate Budapest experience. Historical sites, castle, museums, funicular rides, cafes, quaint little houses, underground tunnels and stunning panoramic views are all conveniently accessible with the buses (16 & 16 a) that circulate around the hill. All you need to do is hop and hop off at your desired location. The places of interest include : Continue reading
Fishermen’s Bastion is a fairy-tale-like viewing platform on Castle Hill built in 1905. Named after a guild of fishermen that protected the city during medieval times, it has seven towers, representing the seven Magyar tribes that settled in Hungary in 9th century AD. Continue reading
The Szechenyi Chain Bridge spans across the Danube River, connecting Buda and Pest in Hungary. The majestic bridge is a beautiful sight whether during the day or at night, seemingly guarded by two lion statues. Continue reading
Buda Castle is located on Castle Hill with mesmerizing views of the Danube River and the cityscape. There are probably only two places that will give you this beautiful view – on Castle Hill and Gellert Hill. Buda Hill has a slightly easier access as you can take the bus or the funicular up the hill while Gellert Hill does not. Continue reading
I visited St Stephen’s Basilica on foot as it’s not too far away from Wombats Hostel where I was staying. The church was named after Hungary’s first king, King Stephen and it took more than 50 years to build. It was a beautiful day and the church seemed even more stunning with a dazzling blue sky as the backdrop. The gilded interior too was opulent with red marbles and plenty of glimmering. Continue reading
Wombats Hostel in Budapest is an excellent choice for those travelling alone and for those that are on a budget as it can’t be located more centrally than within 10 minutes walk to the major transportation hub of Deak Ferenc ter Station, where 3 major metro lines meet and many buses and trams depart from there. 5 Star hotels such as Le Meridien are located in the same vicinity so you can imagine how strategic the location is.
The spectacular Heroes Square is located just right outside the city park of Budapest. The central monument featuring Gabriel the Guardian Angel is also known as the Millennium Monument, which was completed in 1900 to commemorate the 1000th year of Hungarian State founded by Stephen I. Continue reading
The New York Cafe in Budapest is one cafe extravaganza located on the ground floor of Boscolo Hotel. It is an epitome of opulence where dining is truly fit for a king. The cafe’s menu has a short description about the cafe, terming itself “The Most Beautiful Cafe in the World” – which would be hard to dispute.
The Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest is one of the top advertised thermal baths in Budapest and I easily see why. The combination of gorgeous blue waters against an opulent neo-baroque yellow architecture is enchanting and one should plan at least half a day if not a full day at the thermal bath.