I promised to show you a quick photo diary of my trip in Budapest, so here it is . Many times I caught myself feeling that I was in a small Vienna’s version , but only a lot more sweet and romantic. Role that Budapest, actually, played during the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Also, I noted that each time you cross the Danube it feels like you change city. The Buda (on the west bank) and the Pest (on the east) maintain their distinct character even today. In Buda you will see the are medieval palaces and castles and beyond them there are only woodsy hills. On the other side of the coin, in Pest is the new center of the city with the Parliament , the art nouveau buildings and most of the restaurants and cafes . And it's green green city. She is adorable with her little green dresses in the spring and really stunning with her yellow-reddish ones in autumn too. Only her winter isn’t worth it, as she is swallowed by the Danube’s mists.
The city despite its beauty and grace brought on a little sadness off me. A ride on the not-so-touristy streets will reveal to you the wonderful, perfectly preserved Victorian-style houses’ facades that hide the empty , abandoned homes of the wartime . Something this felt like walking through huge, empty dollhouses, spooky.
But I'm not complaining, these 2 days in Budapest were a great piece of unforgettable ones.
Wombats Hostel: THE hostel to stay at Budapest, to reminds nothing like some filthy, rat-holed hostels that I have seen, the beds are like sleeping in heaven - best sleep of my life, the breakfast great, the prices unbelievably low for what is offering; clean, friendly and cheap.
Fatal Restaurant (in an alley of Vaci utca): basement restaurant with hearty traditional food, exceptional dishes (beware: the have one little shop on the Vatci Utca for tourists and only, ask for a table in their basement reastaurant)
Gerbeaud cafe: most famous luxury café in city, make sure to try its specialty; Esterhazy
Cserpes Tejivo: the cutest little cafes, our everyday stop for brunch and coffee
Baromfi Hentesaru (right outside the Klinikak metro station, the metro station for the natural history museum): a butcher's shop that cooks right there for you its de-li-cious sausages, accompany them with bread, pickles and more
To See & Do:
House of Terror Museum -Terror hasa: great museum dedicated to the victims of Nazism. the house used to be the headquarters of the Nazists and Communists the different periods of their stay in Budapest. the preserved suffocating dungeons and the torture cells are truly shocking, unfortunately photos are not allowed
Hungarian Natural History Museum - Magyar Termeszettudomanyi Muzeum (Belvaros Region): for the 2 tons whale skeleton and for a stunning coral reef of120sqm under the glass floor with 200 species of corals
Opera House - Magyar Allami Operahaz (Lipotvaros Region): not excessive prices, if you are a lover of classical music it is a good chance, if you are not, take a minute to check the inside of the opera house. majestic decoration
Margaret Island -Margit sziget: rent a bicycle-car (or a real golf car) to make a nice, athletic walk around it, in the summer the Sziget music festival is here too
Kiraly Baths - the oldest baths in city, affordable and relaxing at the same time (going to Budapest and not going to a bath its like committing a crime)
Labirintus Castle Caves Museum: network of caves used during the period communism as military hideouts, now hosts wax figures of important Hungarian historical events, a liiitle creepy
Nagycsarnok - The Great Market Hall (Belvaros Region): the great hall for everything from vegetables, meat, sweets, delicatessen, clothes and more
Vaci utca (Belvaros Region) - the-touristy-big-walk of your day
Andrassy ut.: charming avenue in patterns of Chaps-Elysees in Paris
So? Would you go to Budapest? :)