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We arrived very late on our first night in Budapest, excited but awfully tired we went straight to bed. After a restless nights sleep in our non air conditioned apartment we woke up not feeling overly fresh, nevertheless we were still keen to get out an explore Budapest. We spent our first day getting our bearings and by the afternoon we were ready for some R&R at The Szechenyi baths. Our first thoughts of Budapest were quite mixed. ...
Today we spent driving from Prague to Budapest a total of just over 500km. Now on the motorway at 150km it should take, with toilet stops around 5hrs....not too bad.
Hmmm then why did it take us 7 hours!!
Set GPS to destination....Tick
Look at paper map after half an hour of thinking why are we not on Motorway....Tick
Ask question....Why is ...
... one english language sign in each room. The sequence of rooms took us through the early period of the palace, when it was first built as an estate house for the Grassalkovich family, a favorite of Empress Maria Teresa and then the later years when it became a royal palace once the Austrian leaders (the Hapsburgs) became monarchs of Hungary as well. The interior has been beautifully restored and it was well worth spending a couple of hours.
Anyway, the big story ...
... we made sure to spend time in Buda. On Tuesday morning we walked to Buda and saw some of the main attractions there. We hiked up Gellert Hill where we saw the outside of a fortress and some incredible views of the city on both sides of the Danube. We then walked to an area known as Castle Hill. It's an entire old city with large and exquisite buildings, most notably the Royal Palace. While we didn't go into any of the buildings we took some photos of the incredibly ...
... start the next morning. I had made a list of activities for the following day and we would need a good night's sleep before setting out on our adventure. We learned early on that the metropolitan area of Budapest is actually comprised of two cities: Buda and Pest. The cities were combined in the 19th century and have been referred to as one entity ever since. I would have never thought that! We decided ...