Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Taste of Budapest

A week in Budapest. Our apartment is 5 minute walk from the Chain Bridge and 5 minutes walk to the Funicular to Buda Castle. There are also stairs extending to Buda Castle from our street. What a delight! There are also several restaurants in the area with Hungarian Food. Budapest is a wonderful walking city. We walked everywhere.

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site dating from the 13th century. During WWII it was bombed and had to be rebuilt again. Castle Hill consists of the Royal Palace, home to a number of museums, including the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest Museum.
It is a pedestrian only walking area with cobblestone streets, shops and a few restaurants.

     View of Castle Hill from Chain Bridge

    Overlooking Pest from Buda Castle

   Mathias Church

     There is a very nice cafe near Mathias Church with outside seating. We stopped for strudel which
     was very good.

                                            Fisherman's Bastion on Castle Hill
    1800'S Seven Towers representing the Magyar tribes. There is a viewing terrace with Spectacular
    views of Danube, Margaret's Island and Gellert Hill! Remarkable architecture!



                                        Street Musicians Fisherman's Bastion                         

                                       Overlooking Pest from Buda Castle Hill


    Chain Bridge is the first permanent stone bridge connecting Buda and Pest. View approaching the
    bridge from the Pest side. Bridge leads to the funicular to Castle Hill.

      Parliament Building

     A beautiful building which is a must see on a visit to Budapest and is a prominent view from
     Castle Hill.

     The facade includes 90 statues. The interior design includes huge halls, 12.5 miles of corridors, 96
     meter central dome and 891 rooms.
     Tours of the Parliament Building are conducted in multiple languages. Tickets can be purchased
      on line prior to your visit. There is at least an hour wait for tickets if you wait to buy on site.    

     The Parliament is accessible with Line 2 of the Budapest Metro from Lajos Kossuth Square

                                           Changing of the Guards outside Parliament Building


                                     View of Buda from Parliament Building


                                Interior Parliament Building-The Great Hall

                                                            Street Scene


                                      Cafe Scene near the Main Market Hall


                                          St. Stephen's Basilica

                                          Dohany Street Synagogue Largest in Europe 
                                               Top 10 sights in Budapest

                Tree of Life for the Hungarian Holocaust victims. The names of the victims are 
                inscribed on the metal leaves.

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