We started at Deák Ferenc tér, strolled to the Parish Church, walked along Jane Haining rakpart (and id. Antall József rampart) and over the Margit hid (the bridge connecting Buda, Pest and Margit island) towards Castrum for wifi, coffee and somewhat of a nice view at the neo-Gothic style Hungarian Parliament. It is presumably the third largest Parliament building in the world!
Next we took the tiny train thing up to The Castle Hill and the Castle District to check out the three churches there and a host of interesting buildings, streets and squares. The panoramic view from the Fisherman’s Bastion (next to the seven-hundred year-old Matthias Church) is simply amazing.
We walked back to Pest over the Lánchid bridge, stopped near St. Stephen’s Basilica for a coke and some postcard writing and explored Andrássy út. At the Opera we took the seemingly pre-historic subway to the Széchenyi fürdo station, walked through the park and across Heroes Square (unfortunately we didn’t have time for the Museum of Fine Arts or the Kunsthalle Budapest) to Kiraly utca towards vegan restaurant Napfényes Étterem.
After freshing up we went for a beer at Chrome, in hipsterish Kiraly Utca. Possibly one of the weirdest nights as the owner was redecorating the place like a tasmanian devil, while bossing around the new bar boy. And we met a self proclaimed famous fashion designer, who used to work together with Vivienne Westwood.
We spent our sunday on the MagritSziget (island) for it was too hot to do anything else and left for Vienna at three in the afternoon. I for one will be back again soon, if only to spent the ‘monopoly money’ I have left! ;)