Touring the city on top of a bus.
01.06.2013 - 01.06.2013 19 °C
My improvised bed worked pretty well - thanks to Redmond. It was fairly comfortable if not a little lumpy!
Another slowish start to the day, we left home around mid morning and bought two tickets for our first ever Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. There are heaps of them around Budapest, this one was good value. The tickets entitle you to 48 hours of hopping on and off, plus a River Cruise and a Night Tour. For around $30 AUD each.
The weather was a bit iffy, but no rain thankfully. We sat on top of the bus and made our way up Andrassy Avenue to Heroes Square. This Square is one of Budapest's largest and is rich in history and politics. From there we drove past the House of Terror, The State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Great Synagogue, across the Danube River via the Elizabeth Bridge and up to Gellert Hill - the home of the Citadel. The views on top of this hill would have to be the best in Budapest - just stunning, so much to look at.
We got off the bus here and had lunch in a restaurant overlooking Budapest. We chose dishes that were unique to Hungary - a beautiful meal, and while we were having lunch the weather improved by the minute. After lunch we were able to take some brilliant photos of the city with the sun shining - what a difference. Budapest is a unique and beautiful city!
We walked around to the other side of the Citadel and as well as more lovely views of the city - we found the Liberty Statue - just awesome. It's dedicated to the memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and prosperity of Hungary. The statue is that of a woman holding a palm leave above her head - and is visible from many parts of Budapest.
Our timing was perfect and a bus arrived just as we made it to the bus stop. We continued on our journey - back down the hill, past the Chapel in the Rock, the Royal Palace, Matthias Church and Fishermans Bastion - simply astonishing buildings. At this stage the dark clouds gathered and the weather took a turn for the worse. We drove past the Parliament Buildings, over Margaret Bridge and back towards the main part of the city. It started to rain and it was at that point that we decided to vacate the bus and head towards home. We stopped on the way and had a coffee in a cafe on Andrassy Avenue - and watched the locals passing by for half an hour or so.
Back on to the Metro and here we are - home again. We were going to go on the Night Tour tonight, but the weather dictated otherwise. I think that will have to wait until we return to Budapest. Three days here is definitely not enough - we want to come back!