Budapest is the Hungarian capital and largest city in the country. BUD airport is easy to navigate, and taxi service into town is a quick way to see a bit of countryside. The Hungarian forint (Ft) is still in circulation, and things in Hungary are generally less expensive than most other European countries.
Budapest is reminiscent of Deutschland in many ways, from the indiscernible language to the friendly people and street döners, from the architecture to the way the city straddles the Danube, a river that originates in the Black Forrest of Bavaria. Ah, I’m quickly falling for yet another beautiful place!
So, what to see and how to see it?
The city is composed of two parts: Buda and Pest. The view of the Buda Castle District and Danube embankments is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and we can see it from out room in Budapest Marriott Hotel. Other nearby World Heritage sites include Heroes’ Square, Andrássy Avenue and the Millennium Underground, the first underground railway of continental Europe, which opened in 1896 and is still used today.
Hands down, river cruising is the best way to see the House of Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica and Chain Bridge, an important symbol of local culture much like the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. With a bottle of local wine and English audio earphones, settle in and enjoy the scenery!
Stay tunes for tomorrow’s review…