Hi everyone! I'm back from my week off blogging and happy to be posting again. I had a lovely trip in Rome visiting my parents and I'll start chatting about that soon, but for now I'm going to keep re-capping my Christmas trip in Budapest.
Budapest has a great number of things to do and see - and we weren't even to do it all because of the scheduling with Christmas. Also, Budapest is pretty inexpensive and for any travelers on a budget many of the 10 things in my list below are free!
1) See the Parliament Building from Buda
As you can see from the photograph below, the view of the Parliament building from Buda is absolutely stunning. (Free!)
2) See the Shoes on the Danube Memorial
The Shoes on the Danube River is a memorial for Jewish people that were killed on the river bank during WWII. There are 60 pairs of shoes made from iron in this memorial. I thought that the position of the shoes and the details on the shoe sculptures made this an incredibly moving memorial. This memorial is located on the Pest side of the Danube River near the Parliament building. (Free!)
3) Walk to the Citadel to see the views of Buda and Pest
The Citadel is a large fortress on Gelert Hill in Pest that you can see from the whole city. The walk to the top looks slightly daunting, but do it - the view is incredible! (Free!)
4) Visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church
During our visit in Budapest we were only able to visit the outside of Matthias Church as a church service happened to be taking place; however the outside is incredible. Look at that roof and those details! I couldn't get over how amazing this place was from the outside. And the Fisherman's Bastion is just incredible. (parts of the Fisherman's Bastion are free!)
5) Stroll over the Danube River
The bridges over the Danube River are stunning - but my absolute favorite was the Margrit Hid (Margaret Bridge). It is the second oldest bridge in Budapest (the Chain Bridge is the oldest) and it connects Buda and Pest with Margaret Island. (Free!)
6) Enjoy the Street Art
Budapest had a surprising amount of awesome street art decorating sides of buildings. (Free!)
7) Go Vintage Shopping
There were numerous vintage and vintage-like (stores that re-worked old clothes or made clothes that looked vintage) throughout the city. Many of these stores weren't open over the holidays; however, we were able to visit two really excellent vintage shops.
8) Relax in the Baths
Following Adelina's tips from Pack Me To, I headed to the Szechenyi Baths for a relaxing afternoon. It was absolutely wonderful and if you go to Budapest you must try it!
9) Visit St. Stephen's Basilica
St. Stephen's Basilica is absolutely stunning, both inside and out. It is incredibly ornate and does not cost very much to enter (200 HUF). Even J commented that is the prettiest church he has seen since the Vatican!
10) Tour the Dohany Street Synagogue
The Dohany Street Synagogue is the largest remaining synagogue in Europe. They offer tours of the inside of the Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter of the city, but the hours are limited in the winter so be sure to arrive early- but not too early.
What else would you add to this list?