Monday, 15 April 2013: I am the “Trip Advisor” for the Museum Studies Society at my school, which meant that I had the pleasure of planning and heading an international trip for the society! We ventured from Leicester to Budapest, Hungary.
I personally think that this city (well, technically cities) is one of the most under-rated places to go–it was AMAZING! I cannot recommend it as a destination enough! And, it was even better because I was able to see where my family originated!
We arrived in Budapest and instantly began to explore the city. We attempted to go on a walking tour of the city, but could not find the meeting point for the tour, which was okay because we ended up wandering and seeing most of the city anyway!
We first visited Castle Hill, and somehow ended up walking through the tunnel that goes through the hill onto the other side where we proceeded to climb up the hill. The view from the top of the two cities was absolutely breath-taking!
Once at the top, we spotted a beautiful church, which turned out to be Matthias Church, and decided to go in to see it. The church was originally constructed at that location in 1015, and what is there today, is absolutely stunning. The intricate detail in the roof on the exterior and interior was amazing. The interior of the church was fantastic, and there were numerous plaques posted around the room to learn about the history of the building and some of the sculptures inside. Fun fact: When Budapest was taken over by the Turks in the 1500s, the church was transformed into a mosque.
Next, we climbed up the Fisherman’s Bastion, which has one of the best panoramic views of the Pest side. I would completely agree with their claim for best view. It was so cool to see so much of the city and river from one vantage point.
After we explored Buda Hill to our hearts’ content, we walked down the hill and across the Chain Bridge to find a place to eat that would over-look the Danube River. Overall, it was a wonderful (although somewhat exhausting) first day in Budapest!