During May 2017 we decided to book a four day break to Budapest in Hungary. We had never visited the Hungary before so it was new to us. What a surprise! It is so beautiful! We filled our four days, there was so much more to do!
For some reason I had assumed the weather would be cold but how wrong was I? The climate was on a par with the South of France or Croatia! In May the weather was beautiful very Mediterranean!
When in Budapest be prepared to get your walking shoes on. There is so much to see and do. We booked accommodation on the edge of the Jewish quarter, this was a good spot it was quite central to everything on our to do list. The Grand Budapest Apartments had everything we needed and it was clean and quirky with the open balconies of all the apartments overlooking a centre courtyard.
Whilst there we visited both Buda and Pest and loved them both.
We climbed Gellert Hill and carried on walking up the long pathway until we arrived at The Liberty Statue / Freedom Statue. It is huge and its purpose is to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and the prosperity of Hungary.
We also took a trip on the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. This is located not too far from the entry path to Gellert Hill.
The Funicular will take you from river level up to the Buda Castle above, once again there are amazing views from here.
Upon walking across the chain bridge we then took a walk along the riverbank passing the grand Parliament building where we paid homage to The Shoes on the Danube. Such a sad part of their history and it brought tears to my eyes, it is important never to forget the past and I felt proud to take a few moments to pray to those who perished. The shoes are located on the east bank of the Danube River and stands as a monument to the thousands executed along the riverbank in 1945.
There are boat trips on the Danube that are worth doing as you gain a different perspective of Budapest from the water.
There are some quaint and quirky bars where you can stop for refreshments. One of our favourites was a little outbuilding on the side of the road where a man plays a guitar daily. They got to know us well when we were there! They had reasonably priced food and it was delicious.
When in Budapest you have to go to at least one of their many spas. The main spa on Margaret Island and park was closed due to a refurbishment when we visited, but the grounds are fabulous so if you have a few hours free go there for a walk.
We found another spa “Lukacs spa” with little problem and we thoroughly enjoyed, although due to the language barrier we had a bit of a run around with regards to not having swim caps! It took us about an hour to be adequately kitted out before we were allowed in!!! I am sure it was the case of being “lost in translation!”
There is so much to do and see in Budapest and we will return as there was so much we didn’t get around to doing as we ran out of time.