HUNGARY – Five days exploring Budapest, Paris of the East

Hungary - Budapest - Margaret Island & Buda Side
Hungary - Budapest - Margaret Island & Buda Side

Budapest full of history and also called the Paris of the East. In former times two towns Buda and Pest each on one side of the Danube later joined to Budapest. A 5 day city trip was enough to explore the full city which is full of everything!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites visited: Budapest City Center (Castle Quarter, Banks of Danube, Andrassy Avenue) (see all UNESCO sites here)

Day 1 – Arrival to Budapest

We arrived late afternoon to our hotel did a quick dinner around the corner and headed to bed early to get up early the next morning.

Day 2 – Exploring Castle Hill & Train Ride

We started the day to buy a 5 day pass for public transport; after we took the metro to the Pest side of the Danube where we start our stroll, over the bridge to the Castle Hill where we explored: Royal Palace, Hussar general Andras Hadik statue, Mary Magdalena Tower, Vienna Gate, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Turul Bird sculpture and some others. After this we took the scenic train (Children’s Railway) through the Hills to see some great scenery and took the Cogwheel Tram back!

Day 3 – the Pest side & city Park

We took the metro to the Heroes Square with the Millennium Monument. From there we took a 3 hour break first in the Zoo. After we walked the city park including Vajdahunyad Castle, the Lake, the Chapel, statue of Anonymous, the monument of the Hungarian War and Independence in 1956. After this we took the metro back to our hotel and checked out a few streets around the hotel.

Day 4 – Margaret Island & Boat Trip

We started the day by walking to Margaret Island. Explored the parks, the ruins, chapel. After which on the Pest side we explored some minor roman ruins. After lunch time we did a cruise on the Danube to have a better view of the skyline and city.

Day 5 – Jewish Quarter, Citadella & Caves Buda Hill

Today we started the day off at the Jewish Quarter where we visited the great synagogue, two other synagogues, parks and some statues; a great stroll through the city. Then a great lunch. On the Citadella you have a great panorama view of Budapest; as it was very hot we just took a taxi to get up there. At the end of the day we did some caving, we actually arrived to late (3:30PM) but they were so kind to give us a private tour after some extra tips 🙂 Which was really worth it! Dinner with did in a basement, a medieval restaurant, very nice and great food!

 Day 6 – Old Mosque, St. Stephensdom & Departure

Today we visited an Old Mosque and the St. Stephensdom after which we took the flight back to Holland.

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