Posted by: englishdubai | May 1, 2007

Buda-Pest


Last week saw me make my maiden trip to Budapest, Hungary. Having been to a number of European cities sat on rivers I was not surprised by the amazing architecture – but more the sheer amount of it. Everywhere I looked there were postcard like views.

I stayed at the very nice Art’Otel on the Buda side of the Danube. I was lucky to have a hotel room facing the the river and was treated to a spectacular vista of the Hungarian Parliament:

I got to stay three enjoyable evenings with one of the highlights being dinner at the Spoon Cafe which is situated on a 75 meter boat. Not only was the food excellent – but the view across the river and onto the Buda Castle (when using the facilities) is staggering at night:

The weather was really warm and I eagerly took the opportunity for a short walking tour of the city – which involved first taking the local underground metro which was clean and efficient. The first stop we made was at Heroes’ Square :

Then a short walk over to Vajdahunyad Castle which contained some nice buildings, is surrounded by a mote and has some interesting statues. Here Basil seeks some ancient history guidance:

While Alan touches the quill of “Anonymous” for good luck:

If time had allowed I would love to have spent a whole day enjoying the Gellert Baths:

I had a nice time in Budapest, but as usual there are still a wealth of other attractions I missed out on. I look forward to going back and taking more of this historical in.

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