Buda and Pest - 11th May 2008 @ 6:02 pm «   »

Location: Hungary : Buda and Pest

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Arriving at 19:30 we were immediately targeted by the local “hostel officionados” trying to sell us the best places in town. We got a flyer from someone in the hostel in Sighisoara advertising private accommodation close to the station, so we headed straight for that.

Unfortunately “Mama Helena” couldn’t help us as all her hostel-type rooms were full, but she offered us a private double room in one of her son’s appartments. It is a very small studio-type flat in an old block that was used as a Jewish getto during the war. It sounds pretty bad, but it is newly done over and perfect for our needs.

We made our own dinner with our little one-plate stove and had a quite night in.

This morning we hit the town full of energy and started in the Buda side with the old Citadel first. There are loads of beautiful sights in the Old Town as well as amazing views across the city.

After a few hours there we took a bus out the Monument Park (20 minutes out of town) but is was a complete disaster and waste of time and money. Luckily we manage to sell our tickets to others and got the bus back – only lost 1,5 hours.

We got back to town and did a walk around the Pest side, visiting St Istvan Basilica and walking through Varosliger Park with the amazing Vajdahunyad Castle built on an island in the park.

We absolutely love Budapest and can highly recommend it to anyone!

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