We spent a nice week in Budapest seeing the sights of the City. Our apartment was along Andrassy street, which leads down to the Danube River and the Szechenyi bridge (Chain Bridge), and over to the hill-top Buda castle (Budapest is the combined cities of Buda, on the west side of the river, and Pest, on the east bank). Budapest is a gritty, yet elegant city with artwork and statues sprinkled around the streets and parks.
We visited the Gellert baths, which use naturally occurring hot springs to fill pools in an elaborate spa resort. Another stop was the Jewish quarter, which contains some impressive old buildings (but, due to the Holocaust, few actual Jewish people) and the farmers market building, which is covered with the colorful Zsolnay ceramic tiles. Along the bank of the Danube, there is a memorial for the Budapest Jews killed during the holocaust, consisting of empty bronze shoes along the bank, representing the many who were killed on the bank and their bodies dumped into the river.
We took a short trip to the museum of Aquincum, an early Roman settlement with many carved stones, foundations and artifacts from Roman times. Another day, we took a longer cruise on the Danube to head up to the Danube Bend, and the fortress at Visegrad with its grand views over the Danube Bend. We introduced the moms to some serious hiking coming down from the castle, but refreshed them later with some bakery treats and ice cream. Now we will head for Sopron and later Austria.
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