We're using some of our holiday time this year to check a few things off of our bucket list. For some time now, we have wanted to visit Budapest, since we never found time to get there when we previously lived in Europe in the early 90's. Not wanting to miss it this time, we planned a long weekend, and off we went to Budapest.
Divided by the serene Danube River, the towns of Buda and Pest were not officially merged until 1873. The beautiful House of Parliament on the banks of the river is often compared to to the House of Parliament in London--very similar styles.
From the Pest side, we strolled across the Széchenyl Chain Bridge to the Buda side to get a closer look of Castle Hill.
The views of the city were incredible from Fisherman's Bastion,
and the whole Castle District had treasures at every turn,
one of the most beautiful being the Matthias Church
which has hosted several coronations, as well as royal weddings and baptisms. Just one example of some of the distinctive and beautiful architecture of this city,
that you stumble upon while strolling the city streets.
One of the last buildings we spotted not far from our hotel was the Museum of Applied Arts, whose exterior rivals its collection. Built in the 1870's, it remains a lovely example of Art Nouveau style.
One can't help but notice the juxtaposition of architecture throughout the city center as you walk its streets. Having been under Communist control until 1989, the country is still struggling to reclaim its earlier glory.
There is an abundance of resilience among the Hungarians going forward to forge their way as a major power in this century.
Its future lies in the Hungarian people, whose future is bright. With treasures like the landmarks we saw in our visit there, the door is open wide.
So much to share about this lovely city and I hope you'll come back to future posts to read and see more about their markets, their baths, and some of its interesting heritage.