Two days in the mesmerising city of #Budapest #EasternEurope

Tripoto
26th Jan 2020

The beautiful city of Budapest or to be precise certain parts of the city has been granted  'UNESCO World Heritage Site' status, and many visitors consider the city to be amongst the most beautiful cities in Europe. Aptly, after a brief visit to this city I would agree that this city is beautiful and must visit. The experiences and activities in this city is very unique and special.

Day 1

started the day with city tour and the main attraction planned for today at the Fisherman's bastion.

Fisherman's Bastion looks like a medieval monument, but was actually built in the early 20th century in a neo-Gothic style, specifically to act as a panoramic viewing platform for the city.

It offers panoramic views of some of the most beautiful attractions in the city. It is also one of the most famous and favoured destinations for Budapest photo opportunities.

If you look to the left from the terraces of the Fisherman’s Bastion, you can see the Margaret island  behind the yellow Margaret bridge. The next one is the chain bridge, a historical Classicist bridge spanning the river Danube in Budapest, which ends on the Pest side. Behind Gresham Palace, you can also see the top of the St.Stephens Basillica

Left side view of chain bridge and parliament House

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Expansive views of Széchenyi chain bridge and St. Stephen's Basillica

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Frontal view of Fisherman's wharton

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On top of Fisherman's bastion

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Aerial view of the city from Fisherman's bastion

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Buda Castle Hill Funicular and Matthias church:
This funicular, which first opened in 1870, is the second oldest funicular of its kind in the world. The funicular is the fastest way to get to the top of Castle Hill, and is exceedingly popular because of its panoramic views out across the Danube.

Matthias church is prominent landmark on Buda Castle Hill.

From Funicular chain bridge view

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

View from the Funicular

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Funicular and the view of chain bridge

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Matthias church

Photo of Budapest, Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

We spent some time shopping in the malls in Pest side of the city. Good city for shopping especially during summer with discounts and good offers

Hero's square - largest and most symbolic square in Budapest. The Millennium Monument in the middle of the square was erected to commemorate the 1000-year-old history

With my bunch of friends at the hero's square

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Hero's square

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Danube River cruise: Another amazing activity we did was the cruise on the Danube River. The illuminated city looked brilliant from the cruise. Best views of the chain bridge and the parliament building from the river side.

Budapest night life: Another interesting thing here is the 'ruin pubs'. After an adventurous day we decided to explore the city night life. Ruin pubs were set up in amandoned, deserted buildings or huge mansions in the old quarter, which have been converted to a pub with comfortable, but worn out furniture and weird things. Although there was little furniture and most people were standing and dancing or enjoying the ruined hues which was lit up by night. 
These buildings in the old quarter was amandoned as itwas left to decay after World War I.
We went to pubs named as 'Fogas Haz' and 'Simpla Kert' and 'instant'. Each pub we unique with weird things and different feel. It is one of just experience night life for a traveler!!

After an extremely tiring day we slept in the wee hours of early morning, going to be geared up for next day.

Ruin pubs

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Parliament building

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge

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Day 2

Today we had a day trip to lake Balaton and Tihany and then spent the evening to explore the city for some more time.

Tihany is a quaint village located in a historical district, Tihany is located on the hill on Northern side of the beautiful lake Balaton.   Overlooking the Lake Balaton, we were rewarded for the trip with the most beautiful views, where water meets forested hills. We enjoyed the Abbey and the Museum.

This quaint village is bestowed for some lovely lavender that is grown here. So all touristy souvenir shop sells several items made of lavender such as cosmetics products like soaps, lotions, balloons etc, lavender wine and even lavender ice cream!! There were some lovely ice cream shops in that area that we tried.  There were some extremely lovely and traditional fairy tale like houses at this place. It made a perfect place for spending a day clicking pictures and savouring the local delicacies with the breathtaking views around.

After admiring the lake Balaton from above we took a boat ride to the other side of lake Balaton.

Other side of lake balaton and other side of Tihany

Photo of Tihany, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Tihany church

Photo of Tihany, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Boat/ ferry from tihany side of lake Balaton

Photo of Tihany, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Beautiful lake Balaton

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View of lake Balaton from tihany

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Beautiful cool fairy tale type house in Tihany

Photo of Tihany, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Souvenir shops-huts seeking lavender wine

Photo of Tihany, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

We boarded our mini bus and returned back to Budapest. We covered exploring some other parts of the city in the evening. We decided to do an interesting for of the city using a Segway. This seemed like a cool new way to explore the city and enjoy  the Segway ride too. We rented the Segway near the St. Stephen Basillica square.

St. Stephen Basillica: one of the most important religious  building of Hungary.  We were asked to cover our knees and shoulders before entering the Basillica.  We went up to the dome and could see beautiful views of the city.  Classical music concerts was going on inside the Basilica, and someone told us that sometime these concerts Hagen in the the square outside.

Segway tour of the city: We were a large group of youngsters who started the Segway tour with a local guide who was on Segway too. We covered major views of the city like the parliament House, hero's square, Danube promenade, parliament building.

Parliament building:
Hungarian Parliament Building is one of the most iconic and largest building in Budapest. It was built in the Gothic Revival style and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices. The building looks fantastic in the day as well as in the night when it is lit up from every angle. However, the beauty and rich majestic look and location of this building can be seen when it is viewed from the other side of River Danube on a cruise.

Segway tours with my gang and parliament building in the background

Photo of Budapest, St. Stephen's Basilica, Szent István tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

Budapest city tour on Segway

Photo of Budapest, St. Stephen's Basilica, Szent István tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

St.Stephens basillica

Photo of Budapest, St. Stephen's Basilica, Szent István tér, Hungary by Bhavani Jade

One important activity that we missed was the Széchenyi Thermal Baths. It is heard to be medicinal in nature and relieves from joint plains and other diseases. Even if we are for and fine, it is supposed to be relaxing and worth experiencing.

For sure the city had much more to offer but in 2 days I believe this was the best we could cover. Happy traveling!!!