We checked in for a 0815am,2 hour 40 minute flight, departing from Terminal 1 at Manchester with Jet2 flights. We took advantage of the Ultra modern airport lounge the ‘Escape lounge’ which offers unlimed tea and coffee, pastries, sausage and bacon butties, fruits , yogurts and alcoholic drinks.
We landed into Budapest airport and cleared customs in a few minutes and we were met by our private transfer to our hotel, the Ibis Budapest Centrum hotel , which is 3 star plus comfortable hotel located on a lovely street with lots of bars and restaurants to choose from and only a short walk to the nearest metro or within a 10 minute walk to the nearest hop on hop off big bus stop that we bought into, its excellent value for money just £16.00 for a two days pass and includes a free river cruise and a free cocktail in the Cuban bar in the Jewish Quarter called La Bodeguita del Medio.
Budapest still has its own currency the Hungarian Forint approximately 379,000 forints to the pound, on average prices are very cheap a local beer costing just £1.50 and a cocktail for just £3.50 and a two course meal with wine just £20.00 a person. We dined at the ‘Zeller Bistro’ and a highly recommended Hungarian restaurant to appreciate the Hungarian cuisine called, ‘ Hungarikum Biztro’.
The city has amazing architecture and the main tourist spots on the Pest side, is the suspended ‘Chain Bridge’ which spans the ‘River Danube’ between Buda and Pest, the Saint Stephens Basilica a Roman Catholic Church which is definitely worth having a look inside.
The Hungarian Parliament Building is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings, a notable landmark of Hungary and a popular tourist destination of Budapest.
Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265.
Behind ‘Hero’s Square’ there is a lovely artificial boating lake lined with restaurants and bars overlooking the lake to take in the view of the beautiful building of ‘Vajdahunyad Castle’ .
Taking advantage of the hop on hop off bus we took the yellow line to Buda and after a short uphill walk we came to ‘Fisherman’s Bastion’ which is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style, situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church. The spectacular views from the terrace are truly amazing and as we sipped our cocktails we were serenaded by three Hungarian musicians.
Our last lunch was taken in the beautiful area of ‘Lizszt Ferenc Square’ on the Pest side of the river lots of restaurants line the beautiful square This is a cute square that is between the old town and the hero’s square on Andrassy Avenue.
We left Budapest on the Sunday evening for our inbound flight back to the UK, there is still so much to discover in this beautiful city and I can’t wait to book my return trip.