VISITING BUDAPEST: WHEN TWO CITIES BECAME ONE


Years ago, I came across an article about the city of Budapest. I got intrigued as this city is a fusion of two: Buda and Pest. There are seven famous bridges connecting the two cities which is separated by the Danube river, the Chain Bridge being most famous of them.

Little did I know that I will visit this wonderful city during our honeymoon. I was contemplating on removing this city from our itinerary, since I was not that keen on going there. Good thing my husband insisted to keep it, as we did enjoy our stay there.

1. Arriving in Budapest

From Vienna, we took the Railjet from Wien Hauptbahnhof to Budapest Keleti Railway station, and we arrived early in the afternoon. I booked the train tickets via OUI.sncf, priced at EUR84.40 (PHP5,200) for two, and they were delivered to my home address in Singapore.

Our hotel is one metro stop away from Keleti, but since we did not have any Hungarian forint yet (which is the local currency in Budapest, abbreviated “HUF”), we decided to just walk to our hotel.

Funny though that it was like walking in Manila’s very own Quiapo district. 


2. Breakfast at the Great Market Hall


We only had one full day in Budapest and we started by heading to the Great Market Hall to have breakfast. The food stalls and souvenir shops can be found at the second level of the market hall. 

We ordered Hungarian Goulash and Sausage. The goulash is very near to the taste of the Filipino dish caldereta, only a little spicier. 

The first level houses the produce and spices. Since my husband loves paprika, he made sure to buy some for himself. I also got a cute paprika jar as a souvenir.











3. Bridges of Budapest

There are actually seven famous bridges which connects Buda and Pest. So after eating, we decided to cross the Liberty Bridge to walk towards Fisherman's Bastion in Buda side.

While walking we came across the iconic Chain Bridge which made me fall in love with Budapest.




4. Exploring Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church

I was wondering why it was called that name when it was sitting on top of a hill. Apparently, it was believed that its walls were protected by the fishermen who lived below the wall. 

Beside Fisherman’s Bastion is Matthias Church, which is also a famous tourist spot in Budapest. The church was converted into the main mosque when Buda was under the rule of the Turks. 









5. Commuting in Budapest

Unlike in Vienna, we did not purchase an unlimited metro ticket in Budapest. Instead, we got a single journey ticket each time we took the train. It is easy to navigate Budapest’s metro, as it only has a few lines and they are straightforward. The tram though is a different story.


6. You need to change your Euros to Forint

Most establishments in Hungary only accept Forint, so we needed to change some Euros. Just be careful of choosing money changers as some might rip you off. Make sure to check the conversion before you hand out your cash. 

I’m glad that my husband persuaded me to keep Budapest in our itinerary, as it has its own charm compared to the other cities that we went to. Even though we were there in the summer, it was not hot, and the cool breeze is perfect for sightseeing.

I would love to return to try out their famous thermal baths, but for now I will cherish the days that we spent in this wonderful city.

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