Europe Day Three: Finally A Walk On The Streets Of Budapest, Hungary
It was another long day of travel on my journey to Budapest, Hungary. There were long delays at security and I was advised to be at the Dublin airport 4 hours before my 8 a.m. flight. I did avoid the long security lines but it still made for a long day. I flew into Zurich and then Budapest, arriving around 2 p.m. I quickly walked though customs and took a taxi to my hotel, the Budapest Hilton , in the Castle District overlooking the city.
It was after 3 p.m. when I checked into my hotel room and I was soon outside exploring the Castle district of the city. Budapest was once two separate cities Buda on the hills were I was staying and Pest on the flatlands across the Danube River. It is sad but many of the original buildings of the city were completely destroyed in World War II. Other building were rebuilt. One of the many magnificent building in the city was located right outside my hotel door. The impressive Gothic Matthias Church. This beautiful structure dominates the Castle District overlooking the city.
Protecting the beautiful church and Castle Hill were the towers of the Fisherman’s Bastion. First built in the 1700’s they fell until ruin and were rebuilt in the early 1900’s. However, they were damaged during World War II and were again rebuilt.
The seven towers represent the seven chieftains who united to form Hungary in 1895. The name originated from the fishermen along the Danube River who defended the Castle during the many invasions over the centuries.
and past the impressive statue of St. Stephen , the first King of Hungary.
Unfortunately, I forgot my iPhone portable power bank so I had to walk into the city below to try and purchase one. It wasn’t a bad thing I got to explore some of the city. I through the narrow cobblestone streets of the Castle Hill.
and saw this plaque explaining the labyrinth of caves below the streets of the Castle Hill. These caverns served many purposes over the centuries but for Count Dracula fans the most famous was as a prison where “Vlad the Impailer” was sentenced to serve 10 years.
and roamed the caverns for about a half hours. There were wax figures of the Count, his wife and other historical and legendary people spread throughout the caverns. It was and dark and cold down there. Here is a link to a gallery in my blog with more photos of my hike in the caves. Europe Day Three Hungary Budapest Labyrinth. June 2 2022
I returned to the service and the much warmer air. It was sunny and hot. The temperatures were in the 80’s as I continued my tour of the Castle district. I walked toward the famous Buda Castle passing many flower gardens, and
The Buda Castle was the site of a Royal palace in the 13th century. There were many castles built here over the centuries and the magnificent structure that stood 100 years ago was totally destroyed during World War II.
and I walked past the famous Matthias Fountain. which depicts the legendary king on a hunting expedition.
It was late, and I was tired and hungry so I had to end my whirlwind tour of the Castle Hill, taking in some more views of the city on my way back to the hotel. Here is a link to some more photos from my hike . Europe Day Three Hungary Budapest. Castle Hill Hike June 2 2022.
I returned to my room, showered and walked back to the 21 Magyar Vendeglo restaurant for dinner. Although recommend by the hotel I found the
Hungarian fish soup,
and pan fired soup to be wholesome food, but not worth the price.It could be because my menu options were limited since I do not eat red meat or chicken. I had an apple cobbler for dessert and that was delicious.
It was near sunset, and I thought of watching it but I hadn’t slept much in two days. I headed back to my room, reflecting on my wonderful walk and looking forward to exploring more of this historic and beautiful city in the morning
‘Where would you like to go, what would you really like to do with your life? See Istanbul, Port Said, Nairobi, Budapest. Write a book. Smoke too many cigarettes. Fall off a cliff but get caught in a tree halfway down. Get shot at a few times in a dark alley on Morrocan midnight. Love a beautiful woman.’ – Ray Bradbury