Budapest

Budapest is one of the most relaxing, quirky, busiest cities I have had the pleasure of exploring. It is definitely a city that needs more than one weekend, more than one trip. You will need a day to explore the bridges and architecture. A day to get wild in the ancient ruins hidden in the Jewish Quarter (plus a day of recovery testing the taste of Budapest). And a day to soak your tired muscles in the spas. Then another whole weekend to do the same thing but different views. Budapest used to be two cities: Buda and Pest separated by a river and has an interesting history. Take advantage of the free walking tours that guide you all around the city’s hot spots while giving you a history lesson.

Hungarian Parliament Building
it was built-in the 19th century and is one of Budapest most iconic buildings. I mean, look at it. Personally the best views are at night when it lights up the whole Danube River. (fun fact: third largest Parliament building in the world)img_2593

Buda Castle
located in the heart of the city, a twenty-minute walk to the top of the castle and fall in love. Also within the capital inside the castle currently resides the Hungarian royalty.

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Chain Bridge
Széchenyi Chain Bridge is the bridge that links Buda to Pest. This dramatic bridges stands out compared to the simpler ones surrounding it.
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Vajdahunyad Castle
Proof that Budapest knowns how to build castles; a mix of styles from Roman, gothic and renaissance to baroque. Inside the City Park built-in 1896 by Ignác Alpár as part of the Millennial Exhibition in order to showcase the first 1000 years of Hungarian architecture. It is now home to  festivals and exhibitions throughout the year as well as the Museum of Agriculture.
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Liberty Bridge 
The third shortest bridge in Budapest, this bridge was built during the 1896 Millennial Exhibition.
IMG_3309.jpg Heroes Square
Hősök tere (Heroes Square) is one of the major squares in Budapest. It is remembered for the iconic statues encompassing the square; featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and other important national leaders, as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Entrance to Heroes Square from City Park right statue: man with a snake (symbol of War) left statue: the female statue of peace
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the column and part of seven chieftains of the Magyars
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part of the ‘Seven chieftains of the Magyars’ that encompass the square

Great Hall Hungarian Market
filled and filled with treasures and souvenirs; on the top floor you can pop a squat and enjoy some Hungarian delights while people watching the shoppers below
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       Tradition Hungarian Langos            souvenirs, souvenirs,souvenirs

Jewish Quarter
Budapest has a rich history, don’t leave the city without taking a stroll through the Jewish Quarter to marvel at the thrilling Jewish community. (a couple of walking tours are dedicated to this area if you want to learn more about it)
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Ruin Bars
Budapest is home of ruin bars. What is a ruin bar? A ruin bar is an abandon building or lot turned bar or pub and decorated with mis-shaped, miscellaneous, weird everyday objects that gives the place a special personality.
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Thermal Baths
Budapest and its thermal waters, at any of these public bath tubs you’ll find not only the healing waters of Budapest, massages and strangers. But these thermal waters offer magical healing powers to relax your body. All tubs offer both indoor and outdoor water experiences as well as spa treatments (massages, beauty). I would recommend bringing your own towel or you can rent one for a small fee.

the largest of the thermal bath tubs is: Széchenyi
open 6:00am -10:00pm
prices vary on days
check the calendar, this bath tub offers night parties and events
don’t bring your valuable and I would suggest getting a cabin to keep a change of clothes

Located inside the Gellert Hotel are the Gellert Thermal Baths
open: 6:00am to 8:00pm
prices vary for day and service
offers a full range of wellness and spa treatments
the indoor pool (noted in first photo), swimmer must wear a swim cap in order to dive in the waters. baths are also located inside the spa and range in temperatures. (it was a tad awkward to walk around taking photos indoor so I sadly didn’t get many)

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Budapest Cathedral)

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until next time Budapest…

 

 

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