Welcome to Budapest ~ old world charm, stunning archicture, gorgeous views, delicious food, and wonderful people.  Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and is known as the Star of the Danube.  Budapest is the largest city that the Danube River flows through.  In 1873, Budapest was united from three cities ~ Buda, Óbuda, and Pest.

I enjoyed wandering through Budapest and it’s one of my favourite spots.  There are a variety of different things to see and do.  The views are fabulous!  You can explore the Danube river, castles, churches, parks, caves, monuments, and bridges.  Did I mention the views?  Check out Budapest’s Official Tourist Information website for a ton of great tips.

I arrived in Budapest-Nyugati station on a train which is the best way to travel through Europe.

The Perfect Loft!

Fabulous!  This loft is one of the better places I’ve stayed during my travels.

The owners left me a welcoming note and a bottle of wine.  I always do fresh flowers day at home and treated myself here.  Love the smell of fresh flowers in the house especially while I’m enjoying a glass of red and blogging!

The owners also left me a recipe for Hungarian Gulya’s (Goulash).  Give it a try ~ I promise you won’t be disappointed!


There’s something for everyone in Budapest!  Let’s start with a few views.





Hungarian Parliament Building

Built between 1885 and 1904 and described as the most beautiful sight in Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building is located on the Danube River.

The Hungarian Water Aid Unit was out distributing free water bags to folks.  I was very impressed that Hungary has this service in place.  Thank you for the water!

Ethnographic Museum

The PINK Place

Loved this place and the chicken salad!

Liberty Square (Szabadság tér)

St. Stephen’s Basilica (Szent István Bazilika)

St. Stephen’s Basilica is Roman Catholic and was named after Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose right hand is housed in the reliquary.


Budavári Sikló (Castle Hill Funicular)

Castle Hill is a funicular railway linking the riverbank of the Danube and Buda Castle since 1870.  I went up and walked down ~ it was very hot!


Buda Castle

Buda Castle in the Castle on the Hill and the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian Kings in Budapest.  It was first completed in 1265 and today houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

Sandor Palace

Sandor Palace is next to Buda Castle and is the official residence of the President of Hungary and the seat of the Office of the President.


Szabadsag Hid

The Green Bridge!  This bridge connects “Buda” and “Pest”.

Chain Bridge

Dohány Street Synagogue

The Jewish Synagogue and Garden is the largest Synagogue in Europe and was built between 1854 and 1859.  The gardens were fabulous.

Gellért Hill Cave

This Cave Church was founded in 1926 by Pauline Monks.  It is Roman Catholic.



The Citadella was built in 1851 and overlooks Budapest from the hill.

Matthias Church

This Gothic style Catholic Church was built in the 14th century and is beautiful.

Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles around Matthias Church.


Iparművészeti Múzeum

The Museum of Applied Arts is the third oldest applied arts museum in the world and was built between 1893 – 1896.  The inside is Hindu, Mogul, and Islamic designs.  The building was being renovated during my visit.

National Museum of Hungary

The Hungarian Naional Museum was built from 1837 – 1847 and contains the history, art, and archaeology of Hungary.

Memorial to the Victims of the German Invasion


Ferris Wheel of Budapest


Interesting and humourous signs of Budapest!

Odds & Ends Pictures

The Views

I love these views!








Old Friends

The best part of travelling is the people you meet AND the opportunity to meet up with friends when you’re both in the same spot!  Thrilled to be able to visit with Becky and Kevin!  Becky is from Houston and we worked together for many years.


Leaving Hungary

I highly recommend Budapest for an European trip ~ you won’t be disappointed.  I departed Hungary on a train to Kiev, Ukraine.  This particular train ride was yet another misadventure …

Umm Where Did My Train Go?  With My Shoes?

Umm Where Did My Train Go? With My Shoes?

Being the adventurous gal that I am, I booked the 15 hour long train from Budapest, Hungary to Kiev, Ukraine.  My global train pass covered ...

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