3 Days in Budapest

If you've been following along on my Instagram, you may have seen that I have not been in North Carolina lately! For the next few weeks I am studying abroad in Europe for Elon's winter term, which is a 3 week long semester. This is my first time traveling abroad and I have been blown away by the history and architecture throughout Europe so far. Our first stop on the trip was Budapest, Hungary.  

We first toured the Buda Castle and then took a look through the Hungarian National Gallery. Most of the castle had been destroyed during World War II and was rebuilt recently, so only part of the fortress is original. Atop the castle were the best views of Pest across the river. Inside the castle was the Hungarian National Gallery which was filled with all kinds of works of art dating back centuries.

After the castle, we took a walking tour around the city and then walked inside the Matthias Cathedral, pictured below. The inside was incredibly ornate and everything seemed to be on a grand scale or coated in gold. The roof on the church and the surrounding buildings were colorfully patterned, a touch of Hungarian architecture among traditional gothic styles. 
Just down the street we ate lunch at Pierrot's, a restaurant popular among visiting celebrities. 

Shoes on the Danube memorial.

Escaping the cold weather in the warm water at the Szechenyi Baths was definitely a fun experience! This was the place to do it because there were so many different baths and the ones outside were huge (and this was the only place in Europe I have been able to find Dr. Pepper so far).
We finished the evening with dinner at an amazing Italian restaurant, Pomo D'Oro. 

The view from the Liberty Statue. I think this spot had the best views in all of Budapest because you had a great view of both Buda and Pest on opposite sides of the Danube!

Similar to Matthias Church, St. Stephen's Basilica was extremely ornate with stenciled designs covering the walls and ceiling and high vaulted ceilings. 

Outside the Parliament building along the Danube. 

We ended our last night with a meal on a river boat on the Danube. It was the most picturesque scene to enjoy a meal and was the perfect way to end our visit in Budapest.

Apologies for the photo overload, I took so many photos and couldn't narrow them down!
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1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, all of your pictures look incredible, Renee! So jealous and hope you have an amazing rest of your trip!



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