go across the Danube into Buda...
go across the Danube into Buda and visit the Royal Palace (aka Buda Castle). It is a marvelous structure set atop of the Danube with great views back into the inner city of Pest. crossing the chain bridge at night over to the Royal Palace. The bridge and the city light up at night and give you a great feel of old world Europe.
Inside the amazing Saint Elisabeth church
As a big fan of the baroque architecture for me surely this is the most impressive church internal in Budapest.
Here is a video of the internals which I made at the same time when I shot these photos
To be noticed the big chrystal chandeliers wich hang on very long chains. Sometimes you can have the impression that one of them will fall on somebdy`s head in the next moment. But if this didn`t happen in the past c.ca 250 years, why should it happen now?:)
Also this church suffered some damages in the second world war, but far not as much as some others in the city. For example the original altar painting, Mátyás Schervitz`s work, had to be replaced with a new one, made by Győző Fáy in 1954, but most of the internal decorations (in baroque,rococo and copf styles) are original.
Margit Sziget (Margaret Island)
Favourite resting place of Budapestians. The island in the middle of Danube between 2 bridges - Margit hid and Arpad hid.
The island got its name in honour of Szent Margit, who is probably the main Hungarian Saint. She was a King Bela's IV daughter. During Turkish siege she sweared that if Hungarian wothstood she would become a nun. Hungarians did and she also kept her promise. She was living in the monastery on Margit Sziget, the renmants of which are still there and her grave, where even now there are flowers.
Apart of the historic facts, Margit Sziget offers plenty of attractions, like open air pool withy water activities, casino, bars, restaurants, discos, even small zoo, and plenty of others. Budapestians and city visitors simply come there to spend a week-end, lying on the grass and sunbathing, playing football or tennis, cycling, etc.
One of the attractions is the musical fontain, which is vbery beautiful. Accompanied by the classic music, it gives the beautiful water show to the spectators.
There are small cars to rent, or bycicles. Prices vary depending on the size and time : from 600Ft to 3000Ft (2,5€ - 12€) per hour.
Budapest can have some very hot summers but unless you are planning on heading out there then I suggest you pack some warm weather clothes and waterproofs. If travelling in March (like we did) may I suggest that the wet weather clothes are a must!
Also take a pair of comfortable walking shoes as most of the city can easily be covered on foot
In Budapest, there is a better way to get to Statue Park on the Buda side than the tricky one you write about in the book (I took that one to the park, and it took almost an hour. And you have to take bus number 50 after half an hour ride on the Ker bus, well if you don t want to take a 40 minute walk). When I went back to town I simply took an express bus just outside the park (on the big road) to the final destination in Buda (a ten minute ride). I don t remember the name on the place, but it ends on bus number seven's last stop in Buda. And from there, I simply jumped on bus number 7 and went back to Pest. The whole ride took 25 minutes.