When I walked into Cafe Gerbeaud, I was instantly mesmerized by its sheer opulence where green marbled tables, sophisticated wooden chairs, shimmering lime-green ceiling and gorgeous chandeliers make up an evocative scene.
Elizabeth Square (Erzsébet tér) is right in the heart of Budapest city that’s a hip hang out place for both locals and visitors. It is especially vibrant at night where people just enjoy the night by the glowing Ferris wheel or sit by the pools with a beer in their hand. Continue reading
These rusty metal shoes on the Danube bank near the parliament building in Budapest is a memorial to the holocaust victims of World War II. The memorial is more subtle as opposed to others with intense visual statement that depict skinny malnourished bodies overlaying on top of each other, yet the story behind the shoes is just as horrifying. Continue reading
The Great Market Hall or Central Market in Budapest is more than a 100 years old built in 1897. With its yellow and green Zsolnay tiling that ornate the roof, the three floored market with high ceiling is a stunning place to do a bit of shopping and indulge in local Hungarian cuisine. Continue reading
Gellért Hill (Gellért-hegy) is the best place to see the sprawling city of Budapest beneath you. It was named after Saint Gerard (Gellert) (980 – 1046) who was given a mission to preach Christianity to the Hungarians. Continue reading
The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) is a magnificent neo-gothic structure completed in 1902. It is located on the eastern bank of the Danube River and you won’t miss it as it is the largest building in Hungary. The building is easily seen from many points whether you are hiking up Gellert Hill, strolling about Castle Hill or cruising on the Danube. Continue reading
The Gellert Hotel is well known for their thermal baths and swimming pool, with a total of 12 pools to indulge in. Built in 1912 – 1918, the Gellert Baths draw thermal water from natural springs in Gellert Hill that is right next door. The water is rich in minerals and thought to be therapeutic. If I had not tried the Gellert Baths (or Gellért fürdő in Hungarian), I would not know I could be so water-loving.