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.
Matthias Church was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015 and was restyled as Gothic in the late 14th century.
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.
One sees a lot of churches in Europe, but I thought this one was somewhat unique.
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.
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
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…