When: April 2017
Trip Duration: 4 1/2 days
Where Did I Stay? We stayed at an Airbnb in Belvaros (Inner City). The space was beautiful and in an excellent location. We were close to restaurants, the metro, groceries, and pubs.
Best meal? I had crispy roasted duck with red cabbage and potatoes at Ruben Restaurant. It was delicious!!
Best Site? Buda Castle – We approached the castle from the south. This allowed us to see the walls, tower, and fortifications. The Royal Palace was reconstructed in Baroque architecture. The parapet walk provided opportunities to photograph the Pest side of the city.
Best Kodak moment? One night we walked the promenade on the east side of the Danube to take night photos. We captured the Castle, St. Matthias Church, and Szechenyi Bridge. Here is my favourite picture:
What Did I Bring Back? I brought back a magnet, shot glass, and Magyar kartya; Hungarian playing cards.
Any Surprises? We expected the bus from Brno to drop off us in central Budapest. However, it stopped off at the Nepliget subway station. We had to reorient ourselves and catch the subway to the Inner City. When the 1950s style subway cars pulled up we were surprised.
What Didn’t You Get to See? We were focused mostly on the big tourist sites such as Parliament, Gellert Hill, Buda Castle and others that we did not visit one museum. The Hungarian National Museum, Hungarian Natural History Museum, or the Budapest History Museum would be my top choices.
Tips for Traveling Friends? I recommend visiting Szimpla Kert, the first ruin pub opened in Budapest. We went their for an amazing brunch. The bar also hosts markets, music events, and workshops.