Budapest is actually formed by two cities located on either side of the Danube river: hilly Buda in the west and flat Pest in the east. I stayed at Le Meridien hotel, slap bang in the heart of Pest, and could not have wished for a more ideal location. I used this as my base to explore the city on foot and here's what caught my eye (warning! LOTS of pictures here).
The castles. Oh my goodness, the fairy tale castles! A Disney princess couldn't have wished for a more picturesque setting. This one is Fisherman's Bastion (not actually particularly old, or a castle, but certainly has the wow factor).
|Minus Sleeping Beauty?|
As well as stunning castles and palaces, there are also some other beautiful buildings, notably St Stephen's Cathedral, where I took a trip up to the dome at the top and gazed breathlessly across the city.
I was superkeen to see the Parliament building but when I got there it was encased by fences and a building site - the surrounding area is currently undergoing a facelift. Gah! So I also took a picture of what it's going to look like, according to an artist's impression. I'm helpful like that.
Another amazing view, this one looking from Fisherman's Bastion across the Danube. The Parliament building is on the far left, the cathedral's dome on the right.
There was a temporary ferris wheel on the square right outside our hotel so one night we took a spin around that. We absolutely weren't drunk at the time. Nope.
|The wheel / The cathedral viewed from the top of the wheel|
|Look closely at the label on the gramophone.. recognise anything?|
Hungry in Hungary? (Boom boom). Here's what you can eat: goulash (delicious!), cheese plate (it's not a holiday without one) and an enormous salted pretzel. Oh yeah!
Sightseeing in a new city is of course very interesting, but my most favourite thing that I did was relaxing at the Szechenyi thermal baths. It was bliss! There are many naturally-heated baths outside as well as inside, all different temperatures, so I made sure to sit in every single one. I then finished off my trip with a massage. Sigh. I want to go back right now!