Beautiful BUDAPEST Part II: BUDA

The setting of Budapest, with its remarkable architecture on the Danube River, is nothing short of stunning.  There are many gorgeous old cities in Europe and Budapest rivals them all. It began as two cities Buda and Obuda (Pest), but merged in the late 1800’s. Last time I posted about the Pest side so this post is devoted to Buda, situated on the western side of the Danube, with Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion on Castle Hill.

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Buda from the waterfront

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The tallest spire is Matthias Cathedral


Matthias Church was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015 and was restyled as Gothic in the late 14th century.

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Statue of King Matthias

Statue of King Matthias




The church  was named    after King Matthias who   ruled Hungary  and the     Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century.



The porcelain roof tiles and gargoyle laden spires were added in the 19th century.

Tiled roof of Matthias Church.

The diamond pattern tiled roof of Matthias Church.



One sees a lot of churches in Europe, but I thought this one was somewhat unique.

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frescoed vault_ps0383  The frescos on the  vaulted ceilings are particularly lovely.






I normally don’t take many pictures of stained glass as I find them hard to replicate, but these give you an idea of their beauty.

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Late in the day the sun was hitting a building with a glass wall so that I couldn’t resist taking this reflection.            …….me being artsy.







Parting shot of the Pest skyline taken from the Buda hills

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Our last day was a Sunday and most of the museums and other “sights” were closed so we hopped a random bus to see where it would take us knowing we could always take the same bus back to the same spot.

A crowd of Hungarian families got off in the middle of Margithíd Bridge at sunset and we followed them to an island with a small park.   We were captivated by this large fountain when a light, water and music show began.  The fountain plays a at least two pieces every hour and the musical repertoire ranges from modern rock to classical. Well …see for yourself (filmed by Chris Low-foon) – it is worth a click!


Don’t you think these spur of the moment encounters are more memorable than any tour or itinerary?

The next day we headed back to Vienna by train in the rain. (We had lucky weather most of our 17 days – the  weather god bestowed us with rain mostly  at night or when we were traveling: perfect!) We journeyed by plane, car and boat, so my husband said we couldn’t leave Europe without a train trip. The Hungarian train was comfortable and efficient – a lovely way to end our trip before catching our flight home the next day.

Au revoir à la France…abschied von Deutschland und Österreich…búcsút Magyarország... I hope we see you again someday…



2 thoughts on “Beautiful BUDAPEST Part II: BUDA

  1. Yikes simultaneous translation is really hard (I can’t even do it easily for friends around a dinner table!). I assume this was Spanish-English -not many people are fluent in Hungarian outside of the country – I could hardly learn “please” and “thank you.”

    Thanks for sharing your adventure with us – would love to hear more – maybe a Road-kill post?. Or even better (for me) a guest post here?

    (Somehow I missed this comment previously so sorry for the late reply!)


  2. I took an interpreting assignment in Budapest in 2006. It was $1000 cheaper to fly on Friday than Saturday, whereas the hotel selected for the event cost $250 a night, so my agency approved early travel. This gave me the weekend to explore and to get over jet lag. I had a wonderful time traipsing all over town. The architecture in particular was fascinating. I need to scan my photos one of these days.

    (My fellow interpreter flew later that weekend and arrived Sunday night after a 14-hour flight from San Francisco. She was exhausted for the first two or three days, and was useless as an interpreter until mid-week. It was my baptism of fire in simultaneous interpretation.)


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