Following on from Part 1 of my Eastern European tour in Prague and Krakow, I give you Part 2! Read on to discover what I got up to on the last part of my trip in Budapest, Hungary.
By this point I’m wondering, can Eastern Europe get any better? From the moment we arrived in Budapest, I knew it could. With a slightly more cosmopolitan feel Budapest offers a wide choice of designer shops and posh eateries, perfect if you’re not on a budget like us. Dragging ourselves away from the shop windows we began exploring the city’s past and present cultures starting with a cruise down the River Danube. Although slightly windy and less angelic than I’d imagined, the sunset made for picturesque views of the beautiful Parliament building and the famous bridges of Budapest.
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The architecture throughout Eastern Europe had so far fascinated me and Budapest did not disappoint either. In the Buda’s Castle District we discovered the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion, two buildings I definitely recommend visiting. The Matthias Church is the second largest in Budapest with stunning Gothic architecture and the most colourful church roof I’ve ever seen. Next to this sits the Fisherman’s Bastion, a Gothic and Romanesque inspired piece of architecture with seven impressive towers looking out over the River Danube.
After all this sightseeing and city hopping, we needed a relaxing break and where better than the unique outdoor Szechenyi thermal baths. Built in 1913, the baroque style baths come from two naturally heated springs, perfect for sitting in sun with a refreshing beverage and the ideal way to finish off my whirlwind Eastern European tour.
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