The city of Budapest
I’m honest, Budapest wasn’t on my bucketlist.
I don’t know why, maybe for the coldness or maybe because Eastern European countries never appeal me. Anyway, I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kempinsky Hotel Corvinus and I can’t refuse it but know I prefer to tell you about the city and later about the hotel.
Just arrived, Budapest shows itself foggy and cold as I thought it was but when I reached out the center these negative sensation turned into positive because the fog rising from the Danubio river and the imposing and luminous palaces overlooking it make everything so charming.
As soon as I left the luggages, we went out to explore the neighborhood nearby.
The Basilica of St. Stephen was so close so we went there at first. The Square is big and there are lots of restaurants. Secondly, we took an alley that bring us directly to the Danube.
As you probably already know, Budapest is divided in Buda and Pest. The distinction line is the Danube river. Buda on the western bank of the Danube and Pest on the bank opposite. The capital was built recently, in 1873.
Even if they’ve been populated for centuries, Pest and Buda have developed so separately that the first bridge bestriding the Danube, the imposing Chain Bridge, wasn’t built until 1849.
Here there are shots of the Liberty Bridge.
Also, this means that it’s a much more beautiful view of the city, since it’s on a hill, and seeing the Danube, the bridges and the Parliament Building on the Pest side is something you won’t forget.
My favorite part is the Fisherman’s Bastion, near the restored Matthias Church. The bastion was built as a viewing terrace with lookout towers on the base of a stretch of the castle walls. The wide stairs leading up to the Fishermen’s Bastion provide a dramatic entrance to the Castle Hill attractions and to the views of the Pest side sights, as you can see below.
Instead Pest is the more modern part of the city, where there are no hills. In fact we used metro, tram and buses. It’s very well serviced with different means of transports.
Here you can find all the shops and the social life, where Budapest really comes alive and where you can enjoy a more modern experience as opposed to the more historical of Buda. The restaurants are contemporary in the design and gourmet in the menus.
The fact is that Budapest is not an expensive city so it’s possible to taste different kind of cuisine with low prices.
Pest also has some of the most interesting museums, such as the House of Terror. Not forget to visit the Hungarian Parliament that’s it’s near the Danube river and the Heroes Square.
Finally, the famous Szechenyi Baths are all here and they are perfect for people looking for some relax.
Least but not last, we also visit the famous Great market Hall: if you love fresh goods, people watching, shopping you will love this place. Whatever it shines or rains, the Great Market Hall is a great option anyway.
The Jewish Quarter is also a great spot to visit. It’s full of street art painting on the walls and Synagogues.
We went to eat in Mazel Tov in this area and it was delicious: libanese delicious and high quality cuisine at low price in an outstanding location. You cannot ask for something more!
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Budapest center
… and its restaurants and bars