Budapest was a starting point for our winter trip to Iceland. I got us a direct flight from Ferenc Liszt International Airport, so we arrived a day early to quickly see the sights Budapest has to offer.
There's not much to write, except a day is definitely not enough to see this beautiful city.
Our home was a flat in a charming old villa very close to the City Park - Városliget which we already visited in the evening we arrived. It was of course the wrong season for parks and I bet it looks much better come springtime. Anyway we took a stroll through and reached the Heroes’ square - one of the major squares in Budapest.
The 6-hour drive exhausted us so went for some goulash at Városliget Café and called it a day.
On our second and only full day we started with a walk down Andrássy street, one of the main streets in Budapest. We struggled a bit to find a nice coffee place or some breakfast.
There weren't exactly many options and quite a few eateries were closed. We stopped by at Bookcafé (Lotz Hall). It's a very beautiful and kinda posh, palace-like interior coffee place but well worth a visit. Chandeliers and frescoes everywhere.
After that we found a random place for some breakfast, but weren't impressed. It seemed like there was a better selections of restaurants further down the street, closer to Danube river.
We walked on, past the Hungarian State Opera and turned right towards St. Stephen's Basilica. That is one mighty church, the largest in Budapest. I don't do churches for religion. I just enjoy the architecture and delicate work that was put into the whole thing, even if the reason is somewhat questionable ;) This one can surely rival some of the churches in Paris.
We soon enough reached Danube and Széchenyi Chain Bridge - a suspension bridge that spans the river between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. It's a cool landmark and it offers nice views on both sides.
We arrived at the foot of the Castle Hill. The funicular was packed so we decided to walk on and took the stairs through the park. We continued towards the Buda Castle for some nice views over the city and the beautiful Hungarian Parliament Building.
Next up was the Castle District and the prominent Matthias church with its colourful roof. The interior is just as flashy. There are white lookout towers around the church called the Fisherman’s Bastion, offering some amazing views as well.
We went back the same street and had some ramen in a Japanese restaurant Tokio. We wanted to visit one of the renowned Budapest baths but chilled in our flat instead. Next time for sure. Ruin pubs seem like a fine way to spend an evening as well!