I think Budapest might be one of my very favorite cities, but I’m not sure I can exactly tell you why – just a feeling. I do remember driving into the city and instantly falling in love though. It just had such an old elegant charm. It is no wonder the city is known as “The Paris of the East.”
Definitely, our experiences in Budapest don’t hurt my love affair with the city. The first night, we took a spectacular dinner cruise on the Danube River. We had a lovely dinner of traditional Hungarian food, had local wine, and viewed Budapest’s stunning illuminations (including Parliament and the Buda Castle). This is not something to miss, and I know I will remember the cruise for a long time. It was a romantic and special night.
It was the next morning touring Heroes’ Square, Budapest’s “Buda” and “Pest” sides, driving over the Chain Bridge, and Castle Hill when I fell even more for Budapest. The cathedral, and Castle Hill in general, were amazing. The city has so many treasures, from the East and West train stations to the spas.
That afternoon, we visited an excavated Roman city (which thrilled this former Latin student!) and traveled to Szentendre (St. Andrew). Walking past ancient walls on the narrow cobbled streets of this medieval river town was the perfect afternoon. I am not exaggerating. The streets are lined with decorated nice little Hungarian shops with embroidery, ceramics, and paprika.
Wine tasting and dinner at a winery (sensing a trend here, huh?) ended our time in Hungary. I am not sure there is anything better than good food, great wine, and interesting company in a beautiful city.
Budapest has delicate and lovely detail on what seems like every inch of the city. Most buildings rely on private investors for restoration, but I just know if Budapest was able to clean up and renovate, it would be that much more of a gorgeous marvel.
It’s so fun to reminisce and share photos from the trip, and I am so glad you all enjoy following along too.