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Budapest: A City of Two Halves

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We swiftly regretted our decision to take the night train to Budapest. Our seats proved to be pretty uncomfortable for the 14 hour journey, even though they did recline - a bit - and the seats opposite were free for us to put our feet up. Even when we did snatch a few minutes' sleep, inevitably the lights came on and we were asked to show our passports - no fewer than five times during the journey - as we crossed from Italy into Slovenia, Croatia, then Hungary.

Arriving in Budapest tired, unwashed and fed up, we weren't really impressed by what we found. It took a visit to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths to revive our spirits and allow us to take a fresh look at the city, and we began to appreciate what we saw - to the extent that we decided to stay an extra night.


So, rather than rush off to Vienna, we got to see more of the sights. Budapest was historically two cities - Buda and Pest - on either side of the Danube and, having only seen the Pest side yesterday, we spent the morning in Buda, climbing Castle Hill to get a great view across the river.


Buda was quainter but lacked the buzz of Pest. Some of the buildings, including Matyas Church, pictured below, had attractive patterned roof tiles that we'd noticed when we were on the Pest side of the river. It was good to get a closer look.


Posted by shoestring 12:57 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest church hungary spa tiles

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I don't think anywhere would look great after a gruelling 14 hour train journey but glad you changed your mind about it because it is a lovely city. The baths are where Tim, Fi and I immersed our god-like bodies of course!

You've probably moved on by now but if you get the chance, take a boat up the Danube to the riverside town of Szentendre - well worth it.

Any dental work you require should be seen to in Budapest - the city of bridges and root canals as it is known!

Loving your blog......

by Popsy

Ah, it;s a shame about the long drawn journey and feeling bedraggled.It looks lovely there. The tiled roof is amazing, the detail and colours. Hope the next part of your journey is more pleasant for you both. I'd wished that when I was in Switzerland that I had gone to Vienna, still on my list to visit. Xxx

by nessie noodles

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