After our trip in Prague, we rode a 14-hour train to Budapest, Hungary. Just like my post from Prague, I’d like to let you know that many or most photos from this trip are phone pictures because I lost all my photos when I moved back to California. The first thing we did when we arrived was to walk around the streets of Budapest. We thankfully found a tour bus, bought tickets immediately, and hopped on for a tour around Budapest.
The bus tour was actually quite fun to ride. We passed by so many beautiful streets (that I kind of wanted to walk in), but we got to our destinations much more quickly than it would have if we walked. Especially since we only had a day in Budapest, it was a very efficient way of transportation and touring.
The Matthias Church is definitely worth a while. With such a spectacular architecture, the church stole the eyes of so many travelers on sight. I unfortunately wasn’t able to go in – I actually don’t even know if you’re allowed to. The church is in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion, another great architecture you cannot miss when you’re in Budapest.
If you go up the stairs in the Fisherman’s Bastion, a beautiful view of Budapest spreads out in front of your eyes. If you don’t have time to go anywhere, I would 100% recommend at least going to the Fisherman’s Bastion. Not only is an iconic location in Budapest, its view is absolutely stunning and you cannot take your eyes off the view.
Oh yes, the iconic Hősök tere (that I don’t know how to pronounce). I’ve probably seen so many travel pictures with people standing in front of this statue. This is famous for featuring the Seven Chieftains (leaders) of the Magyars (now Hungary), other important national leaders, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Hungarian Parliament Building
This was probably one of the first things I saw when I arrived from a train ride from Prague. It’s kind of hard to miss, as it’s almost the center of the whole city – not really, but it looks like the whole city surrounds this building. At night, it shines like there’s no tomorrow and it’s one of the most gorgeous sights I’ve ever seen. Though I’m upset that I don’t have most of the pictures from this trip, I’m most upset that I don’t have a high-quality photo of this building – it’s truly beautiful!
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
It’s a widely known fact that Budapest is the city of the night. The night’s cityscape is beyond gorgeous, and Chain Bridge is an iconic symbol in a sense. Strolling around after dinner on, below, and around the bridges in Budapest is definitely something you should not miss.
There are so many iconic spots you should visit in Budapest. Though I didn’t visit them myself, here are a few that I wish I did.
St. Stephen’s Basilica
Hungarian State Opera House (We passed by this on the bus tour!)
House of Terror (I’ve been addicted to learning about WW2 lately)
Museum of Fine Arts
Tropicarium (Definitely recommend for families!)
Lately, I’ve been reading and learning about the two world wars, and it grew my interest in European countries even more. When I visited Czech Republic and Hungary a year ago, all I knew that they were located in Central Europe. Now that I read about Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia, I’m so sad that I didn’t visit many iconic historical spots or museums. Hopefully I will get another chance to visit the two countries later in the future.
why is it a lost day?
This is actually quite silly – it has two different meanings;
haha I’m so funny. First, since I lost all my photos, I decided to add the word “lost” to the title. Also, despite utilizing the tour bus, my family and I had so much trouble with direction and got lost multiple times. Nevertheless, we made it safely back home and that’s all that matters, right…?