For centuries, Budapest, Hungary was divided into two cities: Pest and Buda. The name ‘Budapest’ was given to the new capital city on November 17, 1873, following the merger of Buda, Buda, and Pest.
The Romans, Mongols, Ottomans, and Soviets all fought for control of this city. However, it is currently a lovely city with many historical attractions, including a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also has a distinct artistic flair that is unrivaled in Europe.
I took the train from Vienna to Budapest. When I stepped off the train, my initial impression of Budapest was that everything was run-down. It’s not so run-down; in comparison to Vienna, any city seems awful. Coming from Vienna, Beverly Hills would appear run-down. So I quickly got over my initial shock and got down to business appreciating this amazing city.
Budapest’s style is something I fell in love with right away. Budapest has a distinct personality that is difficult to describe. To Vienna’s Jazz, Budapest is the Funk.
I’m not sure I’ve ever seen something like this in any other city. It’s a style that’s only found in Budapest, as far as I’m aware. Many classically attractive, historical structures and sights may be seen in this city. It does, however, have a wacky fantastic look that was a lot of fun to explore.
When I was arranging my trip, I made plans to meet up with members of my family on different legs of the journey. In Budapest, I met my father for the first time. I came a few days early in the city and had plenty of time to explore.
The cost of living in the metropolis was quite high. In Avenue Hostel, I found a bed. It was difficult to locate, and the dorm rooms were claustrophobic, but it was inexpensive and the beds were clean. The individuals there were also quite pleasant.
I came to St. Stephen’s Basilica while strolling around Budapest. I wasn’t very fond of churches at the time, and I rarely went inside. I’d take a few pictures of the outside before moving on to the next location. I had to go inside because something about St. Stephen’s drew me in.
The inside of St. Stephen’s had me hating my camera’s poor quality. The entire structure appeared to be encrusted with beautiful gold motifs and ornamentation. I was taken aback! It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.
Please accept my apologies for the photographs’ perplexing viewpoint. I couldn’t quit photographing the ceiling.
The stained glass windows of St. Stephen’s Basilica were also the coolest I’d ever seen. They resembled comic comics! Is Buldog Gizella his real name? You can’t tell me that’s not the name of a superhero!
St. Stephen’s Basilica is a must-see for anybody visiting Budapest. I haven’t been in a long time, but I believe there was a tiny entrance fee. It’s possible that I’m mistaken. It’s well worth the money, regardless of the cost.
I have far too many images of Budapest to share, so I’ll just show you a few of my favorites.
Even if you don’t drink alcohol, you should visit at least one of these establishments. They’re massive labyrinths of odd design and bizarre art.
I spent a few days in the city while waiting for my father to arrive. In the city, I sought new lodging for us. They weren’t much better than the hostel, but they were at least private. I didn’t mind sleeping in cheap rooms, but my father didn’t. After that first hotel in Budapest, my father took charge of booking our accommodations, and he was content to spend a little more for a better room.
When he arrived in Budapest, we had dinner and went for a walk. Because of his jet lag and the fact that we were departing early for our first destination on our tour, we turned in early. We had a train to catch in the morning, so he had planned several stops and activities for us.