Budapest, a vibrant capital of Hungary, is bisected by the Danube river. The Chain Bridge joins the Buda district with the Pest part, on the other side of the river. The Gothic Revival to Neoclassical architectures were quite interesting to see as cultural and historical statements of the Hungarian traditions. Budapest was a great surprise for us because of its distinctive taste of the European vibe.
On the first day, we visited the heart of the city walking by the Parliament, the St-Stephen's Basilica and, the Liberty Square. The Parliament is honestly breathtaking. With its Neo-Gothic architecture, it is just over 100 years old. As for the Roman Catholic basilica, it is third largest church building in the country. It has two bell towers, which give fantastic views on the city landscape.
On the next day, we walked to other important landmarks: the Buda Castle and the Fisherman's Bastion, located on the other side of the river. The impressive castle is a historical palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. Built in the thirteenth century, it overlooks the city from its elevated position atop Várhegy.
Fisherman's Bastion is a famous panoramic viewing terrace with its eerie turrets and spires. Built in a neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style, it is situated around Matthias Church.
At night, we decided to spend our remaining Forint on a few drinks at a famous ruin bar called Szimpla Kert. As it was strongly recommended by many friends, we had to see it and we were not disappointed. The complex is filled with random mismatched knickknacks, colourful lights and lots of foliage covering walls and ceilings, as in a proper ruin bar. Each space has it own themes and bar. The place oozes of kitsch, vibrant, alternative vibes that make Szimpla Kert so famous.
In our next visit, I’m looking forward to visit the famous Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest, the largest medicinal bath in Europe. We had a great experience in Budapest, it was such a treat for our travel craving.