Discovering Pest

So yesterday we had an amazing first day in Budapest. Some learned a little bit about the city with a guided tour and spent the afternoon exploring Buda and some dedicated the whole day to it, and walked around the Fisherman’s Bastion, visited Matthias Church and the Buda Castle – maybe even the History Museum! Today we’re going to focus on Pest and its main attraction, a true icon of the city and the view most people identify with it: The Parliament Building.

 

Budapest in three days - Day 2

If you thought your first day in Budapest was packed of interesting monuments to visit, get ready for the second one, because there are many, many things to see!

 

Let’s start with the mandatory: the impressive Parliament Building. You already got a good look of the building yesterday, as it’s most impressive from the Buda side of the city, from where you can see the whole of it. However, it’s almost as beautiful inside, and the short visit is more than recommended. We recommend booking in advance, as it is hard to find availability on the spot. There are guided visits in several languages, and, of course, English is included. You won’t be able to see all the rooms, including the Crown room, as well as some of the chambers.

 

Very close to the Parliament Building, right by the riverside, you will find the striking monument that pays homage to the Jewish killed during World War II, the Shoes on the Danube Bank. The memorial, made by film director Can Togay and sculptor Gyulia Pauer is exactly what its title suggests: Many sculptures of shoes that mirror those the victims left behind when the fascist Arrow Cross militia executed them in that same spot. They were asked to remove their shoes before they shot them, so the bodies would fall to the Danube River. You won’t remain indifferent.

 

Budapest in three days - Day 2

Our next stop will be St. Stephen’s Basilica, another impressive Catholic Church that hosts the most valuable religious reliquary in the city, the mummified hand of King Stephen I, which gives his name to the church. Its marble and golden interior is well worth a visit, and if you plan accordingly, you can visit it to enjoy one of the organ concerts that they offer at 8 pm. You can check the agenda of the city to see the exact dates (there is a concert more or less once a week). They last more than an hour and tickets range from 20 euros.

 

Another option would be continuing by the Danube Bank after visiting the shoe monument to admire the city’s three main bridges. The first one you see from the Parliament Building and the monument you surely remember from yesterday: It’s the impressive Chain Bridge, the most famous of the city and known in Budapest as the Széchenyi Bridge. The original one was built in the 19th century, but what we see today is a reconstruction that was inaugurated in 1949. All the bridges in the city are reconstructions, as the Germans destroyed all of them during World War II. If you didn’t cross it yesterday to go to Buda, you must save some time to do so – it’s such an iconic walk. Next one is Elizabeth Bridge, which was the biggest suspension bridge ever built when it was finished in 1902. And, finally, the third and, according to some, most beautiful bridge in the city, the Liberty bridge, recognisable for its green colour.

 

Budapest in three days - Day 2

Now that you know the bridges well, let’s get back to the centre of Pest. Between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge, you will find the Little Princess Statue, designed by sculptor Lászlo Marton and known in the city as the elf, because of the paper crown she wears. It is said that rubbing the statue’s knees brings you luck, so don’t forget to try!

 

Budapest in three days - Day 2

Other important monuments in Pest are the Opera House, which is a renaissance-meets-baroque building, a perfect example of what is known as Hungarian Neo-Renaissance. They offer guided tours if you’re interested in seeing it inside and learning all about it, but you can also buy a ticket to see a ballet performance or a concert. The Budapest Opera is located in Andrassy avenue, which leaves you in the perfect place to plan the rest of the afternoon. You have two different options in that same street! First you will find the Terror Haza, the House of Terror Museum, a history museum that commemorates the victims of two of Hungary’s bloodiest periods – the fascist and the communist regimes.

 

But there is another plan that may suit you better. If you keep walking you’ll find the Városliget Park, where the Széchenyi Baths are located – our favourites in the city! Hungary is famous for its baths and thermal waters, which is why there are so many options in its capital, Budapest. Yesterday we passed by the Géllert Baths, which are famous for its beauty, but the Széchenyi Baths have some large outdoor pools that make them truly one of a kind. Here you’ll find all sort of pools and thermal waters in different temperatures. The outdoor pools include chess boards so you can play while enjoying the warm water. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

 

Budapest in three days - Day 2

With the Széchenyi Baths we put an end to our second day in Budapest. Rest tonight, because we have something very special planned for tomorrow!

 

 

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At GowithOh, we are an enthusiastic team of self-confessed Europhiles who are passionate about travel. We especially love the variety of city breaks possible in Europe, from the historic UNESCO heritage cities like Prague, to the more cosmopolitan beachside destinations like Barcelona. We love discovering the hidden gems in different cities and sharing them with our fans so everyone can benefit and enjoy the perfect city break in Europe.