We arrived in Budapest and thought we might freeze on the spot! If we thought Vienna was cold it turned out we were dead wrong! Budapest was frigid. But beautiful! We did as much as we could in the days we had, but I think we missed plenty by putting our heads down and walking quickly to the next location!
We visited St. Stephen’s Basilica. There was a Christmas market right outside the Basilica and also a light/video show on the outside of the building, super cool, set to music and running every 30 minutes of so. We got ourselves one seriously delicious pitas for dinner, and the kids and Jeff had burritos. Man, street food is delicious!
The next day we started by visiting the church in the rock. Very cool old cave, and the perfect chilly temp for sitting on hard pews for a while! We got to the church by crossing over this beautiful green bridge, from the Buda side to the Pest side. Then we hiked up Geliert Hill to the Citadel. It was a lot farther than we thought it was going to be, but the views were pretty great from all the way up there! We tried to get a ferry cruise of the city afterwards, but all the boats seemed to be closed because it was New Year’s Eve. We also visited the Central Market, it was 2 stories of all kinds of souvenirs, food, food products and anything else you could imagine!
Later that night we headed to the Buda Castle. You took a funicular ride up to the top and walked around. The views of the Pest side, Parliament and the city were amazing.
Our next stop was Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion. Fisherman’s Bastion was just the coolest bunch of buildings around, the tile work, the stonework, it was just so dang beautiful. I wish we had seen it in the light, but we weren’t going to hike up there again! so pretty!
We walked back to the apartment over Chain Bridge and watched fireworks celebrating the new year from our balcony!
The next day we visited Hero’s Square. The girls warmed up by running around. On the way back to the apartment we decided that it wasn’t worth it to walk, got on the subway and took the easy way out of the cold.
We headed out to the Children’s Tech Museum, couldn’t find it ANYWHERE, and ended up at the Aquarium. It was a smaller aquarium, but had a huge touch and pet area, which kept the girls busy for quite a long time. It was fun, and not outside!
Our last stop while in Budapest was the Parliament and the Shoes on the Danube memorial (all the shoes represent Jews who were killed in that spot during the war).
The next morning, my parents had to leave super early. We got out of the apartment by 9 and headed to the airport. We had a layover in Frankfurt where we had our last serving of Nuremburg sausages and then it was back to Joburg, Africa and home! We had a great time visiting so many new places.