Spring fever, our trip to Kastoria and being on the verge of exhaustion are enough reasons for bringing to my mind trips and vacations. As there isn’t a possibility of a trip in the near future, I drown my sorrows looking at photos from the past trips we have done. So I found myself going through the photos of our trip to Budapest.
Then I was five months pregnant with Melina, Dimitris wanted to watch live the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary, Achilles and Katerina (having already two kids) wanted immediately to take a short break from the daily routine, and Angelos (my little brother) had already been for vacations in Budapest the previous year and he was so excited as to follow us without a second thought.
Budapest, I admit it, was never within our likely destinations. Ryanair’s cheap flights directly from Thessaloniki was the main reason that led us there. But by the end of our stay there, Budapest won us!
It wasn’t love at first sight, definitely. Budapest hasn’t the fairytale element of Prague, the luxury of Vienna or the romance of Paris. But it has a charm that gradually reveales and becomes your eternal love.
Here are 5 Reasons why I loved Budapest
1. Τhe atmosphere! The Budapest architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism. And all of this creates a unique atmosphere. Impressive buildings with different architectural influences springing up in front of you while you wander in the city, culminating in the Parliament building on the bank of the Danube at the Pest side. Simply amazing!
Generally, the city exudes a rigor combined with doses of culture and civilization, the Danube dominates the scene just to make it a little more romantic.
2. The castle! Buda castle and the magnificent view compensated us for walking up there.
A walk through the picturesque streets of the old town with its Middle Ages buildings, the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of Matthias, taking photos of the famous Bastion Fishermen, a stop for coffee with the best panoramic view of the city, a visit to the Museum of History of Budapest and the National Gallery.
3. The hanging bridges! The bridges that unite the two banks of the Danube and link Buda to Pest are impressive, especially the Chain Bridge which is the trademark of the city. Each different from the others has its own history and all together give the city life and the opportunity for guests walks over the Danube.
4. Margaret Island! It is an island in the Danube, which is accessible via a bridge and it is mostly covered by landscape parks. It has a tartan around for running, towering trees, colorful flowers, fountains, coffee shops and food, paths for walking and biking. It was spotlessly clean and very well kept. You can see people running, exercising, making a picnic or playing with their children, reading books or newspapers on benches. It was such a lively place but so calm at the same time.
5. The relaxing days we spent there! Of course, I remember that we walked a lot and I remember it mainly due to pregnancy. Every now and then I stopped to rest. Also, I remember a lot of food, delicious desserts in the famous Gerbeaud at the pedestrian area Vaci Utca, many funny moments, the metro escalators moving with incredible speed, a small pub in Buda, the evening walks with the lit up buildings reflected in the Danube, an incredible storm one night…
Generally, we were not the classic tourists, certainly, we left outside our program many sightseeings and monuments but I think we got a taste of life in Budapest and for me this is important. Budapest has a charm more realistic, closer to human standards, not awe inspiring, but succeeds with its simplicity to win the visitor! Keep in mind that as long as I was writing this post, Ι caught myself feeling a sweet nostalgia and I had a permanent smile!
If you’ve been there, I am looking forward to hearing your own impressions. If not, add another destination in the list. In anticipation, then, for our next destination, I keep looking at photos! 🙂