If I count correctly it was my 5th visit there, second this year and well, by now I can find my way around the center without a map. This itself makes Budapest not a tourist destination for me but just the city I keep visting. It loses the excitement of the new place as I know perfectly well what to expect from it. But I enjoyed it anyway and as I had some extra time before meeting my dear Hungarian friend Anna I couldn’t help myself and spend this time walking around the riverside of Danube.
I stayed only on Pest side of the city, in the area between the Chain Bridge (the pretties and most remarkable of Budapest bridges) and Elizabeth bridge. It’s a small walking distance, just on the bank of Danube, but it gives you the most epic views of what Buda side of the city has to offer. From Gellert hill with its citadel (don’t miss it when you’re in Budapest, the view over the city from up there is breathtaking) via the Royal castle area to Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church (another awesome view point of the Pest side) … just stroll down the riverside and you’ll be able admire these amazing places located up on the hills of Buda side of the city (while Pest side is totally flat).
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Since it was early in the morning, around 9-10 a.m., and the tourist were still not wandering around I had the area mostly to myself. I could just sit on the bench and stare aimlessly at everything around me and those few hours in Budapest wouldn’t be enough for me. But since I was running out of time I went to see Anna, choosing the way via St. Stephen’s Basilica so I could admire another great building on my way. But I think that in the circumstances like that morning I could spend the whole day just siting on the Budapet riverside…
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