It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, however, I always preferred to read a thousand words than to look at the photos. I grew up surrounded by books, not by photos, in my childhood I didn’t have Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or any other social media channel that foster thousands of photos. Perhaps that’s why I would rather read about a place than look for pictures. Or better said, I would first read about a place, then search for photos of it. Not too many, however. That way I leave room for pleasant surprises when I visit a city for the first time.
Take time to visit Budapest
If you think to visit Budapest, take time to enjoy the most important city attractions. I’ve been in Budapest city for few days but I’d say was not enough to enjoy all the beauty and splendor of this pearl located on the bank of the Danube. Being one of the most developed European cities in terms of tourism, you can be sure that you will not have time to get bored on your vacation. Budapest is definitely a magnificent city with a breathtaking beauty. Actually, its beauty was a total surprise to me, because I did not read some great reviews about the capital of Hungary before arriving there. I definitely plan to go back and spend another week or a more if possible.
One thing I understood while in Budapest was the attraction of Sissi, the wife of Franz Joseph I of Austria, for this lovely city. In fact, one of the 12 bridges across the Danube even bears its name, Elisabeth. Budapest city it’s such a mixture of old and new, of adventure and serene life, of extraordinary and common things that I never encountered some other places.
Budapest touristic attractions
Buda Castle. No doubt, this castle stands proudly on a hill quite easy to climb was the greatest attraction for me in this city of smiles. I love to visit castles wherever I go and to walk around the enormously rooms kings and princes used to call their private rooms, dormitories, living or work library, day-dreaming of what life could have been inside those walls. How it would be to wake up in the morning with a bunch of servants at your disposal to help you with everything, from bathing, combing your long hair, to having breakfast and raising your mood? Well, for sure I would have loved to be a princess or better, an empress. I’m the kind that finds it hard to understand women like Sissi or Diana who were so lucky to be in such high positions but could not enjoy that kind of life.
I didn’t have the pleasure to get a walking tour of the castle’s rooms because there were some renovations taken place and only one wing was open to the public. A rather large part of Buda Castle hosts the National Gallery, with its great collection of Hungarian paintings and not only. It was a Picasso exposition that day, so I enjoyed nolens volens the masterpieces of this giant of naturalistic, cubism, surrealistic painting.
In the underground of Buda Castle lies a real labyrinth, and the same complex includes the Maria-Magdalena Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Mátyás church, a grandiose construction dating back to the 13th century, which was later extended and even transformed into a Turkish mosque in during the Ottoman rule; after which it was transformed into a Catholic church.
Hungarian Parliament Building
Built in a time when Hungary was under the Austrian influence, the Hungarian Parliament Building is situated on Pest’s riverbank and can be considered as a true symbol of Hungary’s independence. To admire this architectural jewel in all its splendor, you will have to make time for a promenade along the Danube.
The impressive building is the place where the National Assembly of Hungary meets, being one of the most beautiful legislative buildings in Europe, not only in Budapest. Inaugurated in 1886 to mark the 1000th anniversary of the nation (back then Hungary was part of the great Austro-Hungarian Empire), the Parliament building has no less than 691 rooms and 19 kilometers of corridors and stairs. Impressive!
Bridges of Budapest
You do not need any public transportation to see Budapest. You don’t want to miss any exciting objective while on the bus or underground, don’t you? However, it is a pity to get here and not make a cruise on the Danube for as little as 15 dollars. And that way you get to see some of the unique tourist attractions of the capital of Hungary: the 8 bridges across the Danube.
The bridges of Budapest are not that old as one might suppose but were built only a century and a half ago. Since 1976, the Danube Bridges in Budapest has been included in UNESCO’s patrimony. You can not come to Budapest and miss a bridge tour at night because the beauty of the bridges of Budapest over the Danube enlightened at night when all street lanterns are on and the palaces shine mysteriously, is not matched by anything in the world.
The bridge that impressed me most, in the day and in the night, was the Liberty Bridge. As the sun sets down and city lights turn on one by one, the Liberty Bridge is assaulted by many tourists of all ages who sit in groups everywhere, on the street, on the side arms, even on the top of the bridge.
Take time to visit Budapest, you’ll not be sorry.