A Saturday in Budapest

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Last time I was in Budapest was more than 3 years ago and in January. I was really looking forward to see this wonderful city in the summer and out of the grey that tend to gloom your mood a bit. Kaija had never been to Hungary before, so for her it was the first time in Budapest and she didn't really know what to expext. I remembered the city as very beautiful, full of art, full of wonderful buildings and traces of the history when Hungary was somewhat bigger than today and centre of European culture.

Ohhhh - these coins looks nice!

 

Budapest is a rather big city with 1,9 million inhabitants and covering 525km2. It’s a fairly green city and build around the massive Donau that split the city in two, the two old cities of Buda and Pest. On the Buda side you will find the beautiful "Gellért" Mountain and the hill with the massive castle construction. On the other side you find the city with the beautiful Parliament. I think that it´s almost a look-a-like to Prague seen from above - but there are a lot different things in the cities. 

 

Arriving in the airport, we were greeted with wonderful weather close to 30 degrees - it was what we had hoped for and our smiles started to get stuck on our faces.

Café Anna on Váci utca
In the airport we took a taxi to our hotel and it worked very well. We had booked at the City Matyas Hotel which was close to the walking street Váci and almost next to Donau on the Pest side. Our room was not ready when we arrived so we just left our suitcase at the hotel and left for a walk in town. We walked down the Váci passing all the restaurants and antiques shops ending at the indoor market Központi Vásárcsarnok - a very nice market with wonderful fruit, vegetables, sausages and spices - and tourist stuff. On first floor you will find all the souvenirs you can imagine.

 

"We bought some sausages which always are nice when you come home and have forgotten the scents of the city. We left and found a restaurant with cold drinks and some nice sandwiches. We went back to the hotel and got our room. The room was fine - and lovely cold, which was very nice when it was so hot outside. Later in the afternoon we walked the other way starting at the oldest church in town Belvárosi Plébániatemplon and then down on the Váci until Vörösmarty ter were we then went along the Donau until we crossed it at the chain bridge. Here we took the cable trolley Sikló from Clark Adam ter up to Buda and then enjoying the walk down from the castle hill down the river again.

 

In the evening we went out to find a nice restaurant and that is not difficult in Budapest. We found one close to the hotel and on the walking street and we were lucky enough to find a table outside since the weather was nice and above 25 degrees. At the restaurant we took some national dishes and the waiters were really great and sweet. It had been a wonderful day in Budapest

Chokk says:
It was not far away and quite easy to reach
Posted on: Jul 05, 2011
msSleep says:
Hi, I enjoy your review. sounds great. is City Matyas Hotel close to the Buda Castle District? I might go to budapest this August. Thx
Posted on: Jul 05, 2011
serfozomarton says:
Davs Chokk! Hvordan gaar det? I loved reading your travel blog! It sounds so familiar! I have been there many times, because I used to have a Hungarian girlfriend! I see you found your soulmate and want to learn Estonian! (I should also learn that language, it really sounds intruiging ;-)I totally know this feeling! Have you also visited other parts of Hungary? Kindest regards, Martijn.
Posted on: Oct 14, 2007
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Cute little bear
Cute little bear
Ohhhh - these coins looks nice!
Ohhhh - these coins looks nice!
Café Anna on Váci utca
Café Anna on Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
Váci utca
The indoor market
The indoor market
The indoor market
The indoor market
There is a lot of music in the str…
There is a lot of music in the st…
Vörösmarty tér
Vörösmarty tér
Vörösmarty tér
Vörösmarty tér
Newsstand on Vörösmarty tér
Newsstand on Vörösmarty tér
Hotel City Matuas where we stayed
Hotel City Matuas where we stayed
Corner buillding on Belgrád rakpa…
Corner buillding on Belgrád rakp…
More trams
More trams
Getting ready for next day!
Getting ready for next day!
The Chain bridge
The Chain bridge
Hotel on Roosevelt tér
Hotel on Roosevelt tér
Hotel on Roosevelt tér
Hotel on Roosevelt tér
Pesti Alsó Rakpart
Pesti Alsó Rakpart
Statue on Pesti Alsó Rakpart
Statue on Pesti Alsó Rakpart
Trams of Budapest
Trams of Budapest
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
Castle Hill
The Chain Bridge Széchenyi-Lanch…
The Chain Bridge Széchenyi-Lanch…
The Chain Bridge Széchenyi-Lanch…
The Chain Bridge Széchenyi-Lanch…
Boats seen from The Chain Bridge S…
Boats seen from The Chain Bridge …
Clark Adám tér
Clark Adám tér
The Cable tram at Clack Adam tér
The Cable tram at Clack Adam tér
View from the end of the Cable tra…
View from the end of the Cable tr…
View from the end of the Cable tra…
View from the end of the Cable tr…
The Cable tram at Clack Adam tér
The Cable tram at Clack Adam tér
The art museum on Castle Hill
The art museum on Castle Hill
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WOW - LOOK AT ALL THIS WATER
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