During a short trip to Budapest, the pearl of the Danube, we spent a full day walking down the sinuous streets of Buda. It was very picturesque and iconic.
You can take a bus to get on top of it, but we decided to use the cable car instead as it looked more interesting even if we spent more time queuing than in the cable car itself 🙂
Once in the middle of the old town, we saw St Matthias Church, one of the landmark of Budapest, with its incredible architecture. The recently restored roof really showed it off !
Just behind the St Matthias Church was the Fisherman’s Bastion. The Bastion made up from several round towers takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this part of the city a long long time ago.
It is a little bit touristy, which means it was difficult to find good and cheap places to eat, but I recommend visiting it for the incredible view, at least. Be brave, because that was the most crowded place we have visited in Budapest. We tried a goulash, a stew made of meat and noodles, which is supposed to be a speciality of Hungary, but it wasn’t extraordinary. I doubt it was very authentic but that was the only restaurant with free spaces and within our budget 🙁
From the bastion, you have great views over Pest, and the palace. We continued our little wandering to finally reach the Buda Castle. Today it houses two of the Budapest’s most important museums: the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. We didn’t visit any of these, but we enjoyed the surroundings, having a little walk around.
Next time, I will talk about Gellèrt Hill and how we managed to climb on top of it !