Monday, October 24, 2011

Budapest, Hungary: A Travel Recommendation

First off, the Danube is NOT Blue.

Now, before going to Budapest, we read it was the 'Paris of the East,' so we both had high expectations. Yes, we both liked Budapest, BUT it was not our favorite big city, and certainly no Paris. Poor Man's Paris, the East Block, maybe at night. Certainly not during the day. We had a great, dirt cheap, 4 day trip, but would not go back for a 2nd visit, but would recommend to go, once.

To do: We did a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour, like we do in most big cities, so we can definitely at least see everything from the outside without walking 10 miles/day. Also, the day trip to Szentendre by train was perfect. Both activities were cheap and very much worth it.

To see: Chain Bridge (ESPECIALLY at night), Elizabeth Bridge, Fisherman's Bastion, Castle Hill, Market Hall, Shoes on the Danube WWII memorial, Parliament, Heroes' Memorial, St. Stephen's Basilica (inside and out, also at night), Opera House, Gellert Hill, Margit Island, and the not so blue, Danube

Eat: Hungarian Cuisine + take FULL advantage of how cheap Hungary is and eat at gourmet restaurants - there are LOTS to choose from!

To Stay: Staying in Budapest is also cheap. We wound up booking an apartment, 7 Seasons, so we would have more space. A full apartment (kitchen, LR, laundry, bathroom, etc) for less than $200 (that's TOTAL) for 4 nights. Yes, dirt cheap. The apartment was new, clean, nothing super fancy, but also in a great location. I would recommend it and stay in the same sort of place again!

Market Hall

Shoes on the Danube

Shoes on the Danube Memorial

Along the (not so blue) Danube River

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen's Basilica

Heroes' Memorial

Heroes' Memorial


City View

View from the Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion - Castle District

awesome roof in the Castle District

Overview of Chain Bridge from Gellert Hill

Chain Bridge by Day - linking Buda and Pest over the Danube

Jewish Synagogue

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