The unbelievable city of Budapest ……..

We left Vienna early on Saturday morning for the train trip to Budapest arriving at the new, sleek, modern, well designed Vienna HBF Central train station at 8:30am ready for our 9:30am train. This new station is better than some airports, photos below, and is able to handle up to 1,000 trains per day, it really is the best train station we have seen……

WE arrived at our next apartment, this one for the final week before flying back to Australia next Saturday.  The apartment here was named ‘ Best of Buda ‘ on the Airbnb website as it is situated directly next to the Chain Bridge and opposite the grand Houses of Parliament as well as being right on the banks of the River Danube …. PHOTOS HERE >>>>>>

 

Actual view from our window ….
Just a few hundred metres from our pad …..
Outside the window is River Danube …..
Exterior of the Budapest building we are in ….

We walked across the Chain Bridge on Saturday evening after settling in and took in the sights of Budapest at night, even though it does not get dark until after 10:00pm, looks like another beautiful city to explore.

Next morning we walked around behind where we are staying, which is the bottom station for the Budapest Funicular which takes you up to the main Palace hilltop area.  We spoke to a young girl selling HOHO bus tickets and purchased a ticket which gives us 2 days unlimited HOHO bus ride, a Danube River tour and also a ride up to the top on the Funicular.  We then went up to look around this spectacular hilltop expanse of Palace and other old stone structures as well as to check out the view from the spot.

PHOTOS FROM AFTERNOON ON THE PALACE HILLTOP  AND OTHERS. >>>>>>>> IT WAS A HOT DAY >>>>>>

THE PHOTOS ACTUALLY SHOW HOW HOT IT WAS ………

Funicular up the the Palace …..
Views from above the city on the walls of the Palace …
Building, street & bridge scenes …
Budapest has the most fantastic mix of old buildings ….
Walking home past the base of the Palace hill, even some homeless people have found a place to stay here ….
Huge monument to the fallen soldiers of WW 1 …..
The new underground walkway up to Buda castle …..
Goulash soup & a beer on the way home tonight …..

The next day, Monday,  we once again walked the few hundred metres to our closest HOHO bus stop, we continued on to the Pest Market Hall and looked around there then continued on to a ‘ must see ‘ attraction in Budapest, the Jewish Synagogue.  We purchased a ticket for a guided tour, listened to a man explain the history of the Synagogue, then walked through the as yet unfinished museum.  The Hungarian Jews occupied a large section of the Pest side before and during the second WW, many thousands were killed but many stayed to try to defend their section, the cemetery here is called the Cemetery of the Martyrs…….. It was interesting to see this area of the Pest side of Budapest ….. We finished the day by continuing on the HOHO bus up to the very top of the Buda side, Citadel Hill then back down into the city to marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica, had a different gelato ice cream before walking back across the Chain Bridge and home, a great sight seeing day ……… 

PHOTOS OF MONDAYS ADVENTURE HERE >>>>>>> STILL A VERY HOT DAY >>>>>>>>

Inside the Pest Market Hall …..
Funny signs we spotted …..
The Jewish Synagague …
The grounds of the Jewish Synagogue …..
The spectacular views of Buda-Pest from Citadel Hill ….
The monument up on Citadel hill, looking into the sun >>>>>
St Stephen’s Basilica, an amazing church with a huge plaza in front …
In and outside St Stephen’s Basilica …
New wave Gelato, made like flower petals ? …great brass footpath covers …this guys belly is lucky, who knows …
On the way home… watching Euro cup …someone forgot their bike ..stone building and bridges …
 
BUDAPEST CONTINUED IN NEXT CHAPTER >>>>>>>>>>>>>

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