Favorite thing: I had many plans for my trip to Budapest. One of my the big items I had planned was to take a river cruise to Bratislava from Budapest. I saw many pictures of the cruise on the internet and thought it looked beautiful. I had also been to Bratislava for a short period three years previously and I wanted to return for a second visit. The weather gods were not with me on this trip. The Danube was flooding and all cruises were cancelled. Although Budapest was spared any major flood damage, the river was overflowing its banks every day during my visit. As you can see from the three pictures attached here the flooding was just bad enough to cancel my plans. If you travel to this area of Europe in the early spring watch the weather reports and be prepared to make changes in your plans when necessary.
Favorite thing: The city known as Budapest actually consists of three cities: ?buda, the oldest section, with Celtic and Roman ruins on the Buda side of the Danube; Buda in the gently rolling hills on the western bank, famous for its historic Castle Hill and beautiful residential area; and bustling Pest with its shopping, government and commercial districts on the flat plain of the east bank. United in 1873, Budapest is renowned as the location of one of the most beautiful World Heritage sites.
Favorite thing: If you will feel that you need to move away from the busy center of Budapest you can take a relaxing trip along the Danube. The boats will take you to some amazing places along the megical river and you can see some views that arent available in the city.
Day and night, boats sail the river.
Fondest memory: Budapest Card, for three days can you travel free between csores of tourist sites on all forms of public transport. , get discounts at various places from the therapeutic baths to many fashionable shops.
Favorite thing: This pedestrian walk stretches along the Danube in Pest from Mircius 15. tér to Roosevelt tér. Outdoor cafes and benches sprawl out next to hotel fronts - all with ample breathing room around them (usually a rarity in this part of town). The motor traffic has been cleverly tucked away on the other side of the tram line. There are great views of Castle Hill, looming over the other side of the Danube. Sitting on the railings along the tram line at Vigadó tér is the cast-iron "Little Princess," a true Korzó gender-bender. See if you don`t agree with us that she`s really a boy.
Favorite thing: Between the trees, on the side of Pest, you can see the most beautiful Parliament in the world, I think. The government is housed at only a small part of the impressive building, which is 270 metres long. Margarete island is near it, an ideal place for relaxing (with two pools, so many in the whole city!).
See the Danube.
This stretch of the river is 250km downstream from Vienna. There are actually regular excursion boats connecting the two cities. The river here is actually more central than in Vienna.
After planning for 3 years our family vacation was a huge success. There are too many things to say of what we liked the best. I guess it would be the friendlyness of the people.
Fondest memory: Traveling with cousins who live in Budapest.
Just a note about Budapest:
Try a Spa and enjooooooy it, the baths of Budapest are famous and they deserve it. But pay attention not to disturb the people which is doing some medical treatment.
Favorite thing: Buda seen from the Chainbridge , the district under the Fishermansbastion . To the left on the picture Hotel Victoria where we stayed.
...........Downtown and chess in the famous thermal bathes of Budapest.
Budapest offers to you a big variety of posibilites.