Must-see places in Budapest in a weekend (3)
This is the last post of the series about our long weekend in Budapest . It is the day that made us the best time and we took advantage of everything we could see the great monuments and buildings of the city that we had left.
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Budapest with sun and heat: our third day
Our last day in Budapest we set off to check out and take advantage of the sun that had been elusive so far in the city. Our train-bed went out at night, so you had to pick up everything at the AirBnB and leave your bags at the train station ticket booths (easy and very spacious) to be able to go around the city without loading much. We would have liked to go to the free tour that included the Budapest Card in the Buda area, but it did not give us time to arrive.
After these “duties” we went directly to the City Market, south of Pest (address: Vámház krt. 1-3. Map). We had strongly recommended the Lángos – a fried bread at the moment on which they put the ingredients you want and a mountain of cheese, and that is a good bite to fill you with energy through the city. (If you want to know more, check out our post on where to eat in Budapest)
The market was packed to the brim and it was difficult to pass, but we knew that everything would be very good when we saw a 15-minute queue to have our Langos. In addition to food, of course, there were stalls of almost everything: fabrics, bags, shoes, meat, fish, souvenirs….
Once full, we headed back to Buddha, to see what we had left.
The statue of Liberty
Built by the Communists in 1947 to commemorate their conquest of the Nazis, it presides over a hill south of Buda Castle and the rest of the monuments in the area, on the bridge across the market.
If there is a way to get to it, on the top of the Gellért Hill, other than walking, we don’t find it. It is a good walk up, so it is also understandable that many prefer not to climb. On the top you can see the statue with a palm leaf, and others on the base, such as that of a man who crushes a three-headed snake with a rock.
The view from there of the Danube and the entire city is quite good, and there are many souvenir stands. Down the hill is, of course, not fast. We lowered it to continue for Buddha.
Halászbástya, or “Fisherman’s Bastion”: a must-see place in Budapest
We took a tram to continue to our destination: the hill of the royal Buda castle, south of the castle. It is a romantic place full of emblematic buildings, such as the gothic Matthias Church, the statue of St. Stephen and the terrace of the Fisherman’s Bastion (from about 1900, and whose name comes from the fishermen who had the responsibility to defend those walls during the Middle Ages).
The entire architectural complex also has medieval, baroque and neoclassical houses, which makes it a pleasure to stroll through its streets and this can take a good time if one wants to enter the area well. It is an area that bustles with tourists, but without being too drowning.
There are several minibuses to get around, if one is tired, and a bus with two stops that goes down the hill to the subway next to the Danube, where we could already see our last stop.
The Hungarian Parliament
If there is an emblematic building in the city of Budapest, this is the Parliament of Hungary.
Right on the bank of the Danube on the Pest side of the city, it is the largest building in Hungary. In neo-Gothic style, it was inaugurated for the first time in 1902.
We arrive directly with the subway to the south side of the square where it is located, with line 2. The fantastic facade has the statues of leaders and leaders of Hungary and Transylvania, as well as generals and other important military in the history of the country. The set, including the square, is also flanked by several statues. We surround the parliament enjoying its architecture and the many statues around it.
After seeing it, it was time to say goodbye to the city and take the train bed, with the feeling that we had a good day in Budapest, and wanting to visit it again.
So we say goodbye to our first post about non-Nordic trips. I hope you liked it as much as those in Finland. Which part did you like the most? What site, Nordic or not, would you like to be told later?