We crossed the Chain Bridge onto the Buda side of the city to see the castle and church in the old village. Afterwards, we made our way onto the Danube for a leisurely boat ride accompanied by a guided tour, some champagne and most enjoyably our awesome friend Peter. Not a bad way to spend the day 🙂
Pest Day 1
I don’t know if this is common knowledge in the states but I didn’t know that Budapest was actually a combination of two towns split by the Danube. Pest is the newer town filled with some amazing architecture, parks, malls, shopping and sites including the Parliament and Hero Square. The Buda side is the more historic side of Budapest and contains sites like the Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastille.
As a whole Budapest is pretty incredible. We continued to be surprised as to just how big the town is. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there is another part of town rich with even more monuments and building. Then, once you think you have the hang of the city you realize that at night there is an entirely new dimension to it all that deserve another lap.
You can watch our timelapse tour of Pest in the videos below.
Pest Day 2
One thing we have learned from traveling is how much different a city can feel when you are able to hang with the locals. If not for Soma and Peter, two friends we happen to meet in San Francisco a few months earlier, we would never have known about this awesome beerfest event in the Buda Castle. We tasted great new beers (like Jackie’s now favorite Red Delirium) and listened to throw back music. What an awesome night!