Budapest is one of those cities where you can just wander around and find beauty at every corner. The river, the buildings, and even the food make you stop and admire for a moment. We spent a weekend there this October and tried to experience as much as possible.
Hungarian Parliament Building
After settling into our Airbnb, we took our first walk around the neighborhood and found ourselves standing in front of the Hungarian Parliament Building at dusk.
We arrived in time to see the lowering of the flag. O loved to see the marching soldiers.
Not far from the Parliament building is a park where we ran into this gentleman.
Apparently Hungarians credit Ronald Reagan with helping bring down Communism in their country.
We did pop into the zoo because….children.
The Budapest Zoo is like most other zoos but it is known for its amazing architecture. The elephant house is the most famous building.
Castle Hill and the Funicular train
Of course, we had to visit Castle Hill with Buda Castle sitting on top. O remains a big train fan so we opted to take the short funicular train up.
The views from the top were pretty spectacular.
We decided to walk across the Chain Bridge for the full experience.
There were beautiful views along the way, including this view of Buda Castle from the bridge.
Shoes on the Danube
Located on the Danube riverbank, not far from the Parliament Building, is the Memorial called the “Shoes on the Danube” . It is 60 pair of iron cast shoes from the World War II era placed here in honor of the Jewish people who were murdered during the war. The people were brought to the riverbank and told to take off their shoes and valuables. They were then shot with their bodies falling into the water.
Budapest has so many fun and yummy food stops. We were able to swing by Mr. Funk’s Donuts.
Gelarto Rosa can’t be missed either. Can you believe this is gelato?
Langos are also a local favorite. It is fried bread with sour cream and cheese as the typical toppings.
We also enjoyed Kürtőskalács, which are also known as chimney cakes. They are sort of similar to a donut. I have no pictures of them because they are served to you warm and we devoured them so quickly that there was no photographic evidence. Ha!
We also had a fun time at the Thermal Beer Spa that is tucked into the famous Szechenyi Thermal Bath. You can read about that here: Budapest Beer Spa
We were so happy to have Nana traveling with us on this trip. It is always nice when the adults outnumber the children.
And the sun sets on another great trip.