Budapest, Hungary

Budapest surprised me with its beautiful architecture, great public transportation, welcoming people and great service. Budapest is split into ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ by the Danube river. It has around 80 geothermal springs, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. We followed Rick Steves’ walking tours to explore the city on both sides of the river.

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View of Pest from Fisherman's Bastion on Buda

View of Pest from Fisherman’s Bastion on Buda

Change of guards in front of the parliament

Change of guards in front of the parliament

Lavender around  the parliament

Lavender around the parliament

Statue of Attila Jozsef - Hungarian poet. Parliament in the background

Statue of Attila Jozsef – Hungarian poet. Parliament in the background

Memorial on the river bank to people killed by nazi

Memorial on the river bank to people killed by nazi

Chain bridge

Chain bridge

The Little Princess statue with Buda castle in the background

The Little Princess statue with Buda castle in the background

They are known to like paprika, lots of paprika

They are known to like paprika, lots of paprika

Indoors market

Indoors market

Inside the synagogue

Inside the synagogue

Synagogue ceiling

Synagogue ceiling

Beautiful opera house and creative door handle

Beautiful opera house and creative door handle

Hungarian crafts

Hungarian crafts

There is no shortage of statues in the city.

Bronze Statue of a Hungarian Policeman

Bronze Statue of a Hungarian Policeman

Monument to the 1956 Revolution in Budapest,

Monument to the 1956 Revolution in Budapest,

Reagan's statue

Reagan’s statue

St. Stephen's Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Around Buda castle

Around Buda castle

Heroes' Square

Heroes’ Square

We managed to take a dip in the pools of Szechenyi thermal baths. There are 15 pools with various temperatures, saunas and steam rooms. Three pools are outdoors, which is an interesting experience in late fall when it’s low 30’s outside and you have to run from one pool to another in your wet swimsuit. It gets pretty crowded in the evening so one tip to save some time, bring your own towel. We waited for a good 30 min to rent a towel.

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