My Tiny Shiny Budapest
Before I decided to visit the capital of Hungary, I only knew a few historical facts. Now? I’m in love with the city! As you probably know, Budapest is divided in two parts by the River Danube. On the west side, in the mountains, Buda has a great view over Pest. They’re like Yin and Yang. From one side you can see the other. They’re inseparable, which is why you need to walk around both sides to really get to know Budapest.
I started my trip with two friends, strolling around Pest. I read online that the Hungarian Parliament is one of the oldest in Europe, so I was quite curious to see the building in person. As well as being huge, the parliament has details that you can only see from up close. The best thing is that you can see it from almost every place in Budapest. Many times I was walking and I had to stop to stare back at the parliament. It was love at first, second and third sights!
Already impressed we continued our trip. The Danube guided us to its famous shoe sculpture. It’s a memorial not far from the Széchenyi Lánchíd Bridge, that honours the Jews who were killed during World War II. There’s not much I can say about this, you just have to see it for your yourself.
Then of course, there’s the sunset in Heroes Square when all the monuments fill with light.
I thought Budapest was beautiful during the day, but at night, it’s even better. All the landmarks are properly illuminated and emanate a kind of magic. “It’s like a fairy tale”, I wrote on my Facebook page that night.
The next day, we went to Buda via the iconic Chain Bridge. As it was autumn, Buda’s streets were filled with colourful leaves. I wanted to throw myself into them like a child!
For hours, we walked around the Castle District. We even got the chance to see the changing of the guard in the official residence of the Hungarian Prime Minister. Plus, standing at the Buda monuments, you get the most breath-taking views of the Pest side.
Obviously, we couldn’t leave the ‘city of spas’ without going to the Thermal Baths. For only 3000 HUF (about 10 EUR), we relaxed in an outside bath mesmerized by the beautiful bridges and, of course, a little bit of the parliament. It was the perfect ending to the journey!
There are plenty of other wonderful things I could say about Budapest, but these are the ones I’ll remember most in the future. My lovely tiny and shiny Budapest, I hope to see you again soon!
Fabíola is a member of Ryanair’s Cabin Crew in Rome Ciampino