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Bus and boat ride in Budapest

Woke up to rain and cool weather of 22 degrees and by the end of the day it had been through all 4 season - really hot and humid, cool with 2 jackets on and rainy!

Left at at 10am and wandered up to St Stephens Basilica a beautiful big domed church built in 1851. St Stephens right hand is actually on show. Cost 1 E to enter and is very ornate and beautiful. Every inch is marble or frescoes. There is a painting of Jesus on the cross and no matter what side you stand on his knees point towards you.

We bought a Hop on Hop off pass for 22 E from one of their many sellers on street corners. We Walked down past the massive Jewish Synagogue ( the 2nd largest in the world) but didn't go in as it was 20 E to the Great Market Halls on the river in front of Elizabeth Bridge. A beautiful building that takes up an entire block and is open with very high ceilings. Inside are sellers of meat, fish , fruit, Hungarian cakes and drinks.

In front we hopped on a red line bus and went past the stunning Opera House and wide avenue compared to Champs Elysses in Paris that ended at Heroes Square. Built in 1896 to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Magyar ( Hungarian people)conquest.

We hopped of the bus and wandered the beautiful grounds of the museum and castle called Vajdahunyad that looked like something out of a fairytale. Mum went into the lovely old church and listened to an organist recital of Bach for 5 E

Back on the bus we crossed the river and went up to the Citadel and hopped off there to admire the view and then walk back down through lovely leafy woods to the river where we walked across the bridge just in time to board a free boat ride at 4pm that went for just oven a hour ( included in our bus ticket price). Just as we were leaving it started to rain but stopped within 10 minutes. It was a relaxing ride up past the Parliament building and around St Margaret’s Island ( a 2.5km island in the middle of the river) The Buda side of the river is hilly with so many beautiful old buildings. Can’t wait to walk around it tomorrow. We grabbed an early dinner ( it was horrible) and wandered around our local area before heading back to the hostel with our yummies to eat in bed.

Market Hall

Market Hall


Castle and museum gates

Castle and museum gates


Heroes Square

Heroes Square


Book Seller

Book Seller


Mum in the tiny lift

Mum in the tiny lift


St Stephens Basilica

St Stephens Basilica


View from Citadel Hill

View from Citadel Hill


Market Hall food

Market Hall food


Dome of St Stephens

Dome of St Stephens


We ate one of these

We ate one of these


Heroes Square

Heroes Square


Castle and museum

Castle and museum


Church where Mum listened to Bach

Church where Mum listened to Bach


Parliament from the boat ride

Parliament from the boat ride


Parliament

Parliament


St Stephens

St Stephens


Yummies at Market Hall

Yummies at Market Hall


Castle

Castle


More yummies

More yummies


Castle

Castle


Park next to Castle

Park next to Castle


Parliament spires

Parliament spires


Tiny lift door

Tiny lift door


Market Hall

Market Hall


View from Citadelle Hill

View from Citadelle Hill


Castle

Castle


Opera House

Opera House


Museum from Gate Tower

Museum from Gate Tower


Museum from Gate Tower

Museum from Gate Tower


Parliament

Parliament


Waterfall from Citadelle

Waterfall from Citadelle


Buda side of River

Buda side of River


Pest side of River

Pest side of River

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Hungary

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