Friday, September 15, 2017

Beautiful Budapest

Buda Castle, the Baroque palace complex of Hungarian kings, built in between 1749 and 1769. It sits on the Buda side of the Danube River and was directly across the river from our hotel.

Our hotel was also right next to the Széchenyi Chain Bridge which spans the Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. This is one of the lions guarding the entrance to the bridge on the Pest side of the Danube. The bridge was opened in 1849.

View of the Hungarian Parliament, seat of the National Assembly of Hungary, which sits on the Pest side of the Danube. The photo was taken from Castle Hill on the Buda side. Built in 1885-1904, it is the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest.

Matthias Church, a Roman Catholic Church in front of Fisherman's Bastion, first built in the 11th century and later rebuilt in the 15th century.

Part of Fisherman's Bastion (left), built between 1895 and 1902, and another view of Matthias Church on the Buda side of the Danube.

A view of the Chain Bridge over the Danube from in front of our hotel.

St. Stephen's Basilica can be seen at the end of this street. Completed in 1905, this Roman Catholic Church was named in honor of Stephen, who was the first king of Hungary from the years 975 through 1038.

Hungarian State Opera House, built 1875-1884.

This little lady was so nice. She was selling these beautiful embroidered panels in front of the Basilica and of course I had to buy one. I saw quite a few of these ladies selling their handiwork around the city.


After leaving Slovakia, we traveled on to Budapest, the capital and largest city in Hungary. Originally two cities separated by the Danube River, Buda sits on the western side of the river and Pest sits on the eastern side. It is a beautiful city in the daytime, but it is even more spectacular at night. Tomorrow I will show what it looks like all lit up.

19 comments:

Halcyon said...

A beautiful city!

biebkriebels said...

You made quite a tour through Eastern Europe, wonderful photo's

Tom said...

...Lois, you sure saw some gorgeous sights.

BeachGypsy said...

enjoying these pictures so much! The big old cathedrals over there are so huge and amazing! That embroidered piece is so so lovely! I would've bought it too!! And extras for gifts!

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma grande e bela cidade.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.

Andarilhar
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Livros-Autografados

eileeninmd said...

Hello, what a beautiful city, lovely views and scenes. The lady at the end has a sweet smile. Happy Friday, enjoy your day and weekend!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I had heard that Budapest was a beautiful city and your photos show this to be true Lois, gorgeous architecture. Happy weekend.

Small City Scenes said...

Oh Lois, how neat that you got to visit. The architecture is so beautiful and to think everything was built so long ago and is still standing. Amazing.
MB

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! I would love to see Budapest for myself someday.

Christine said...

Postcard perfect photos of this wonderful city! You had a fabulous tour around Europe!

Revrunner said...

Oh, Lois! How you have evoked memories with that lion on the bridge. :-)

Lowell said...

What you saw was stunning but your photos were outstanding! What a fantastic post in every way. Are you sure you're not a professional photographer? All those buildings were amazing; I'd have to stick around for several weeks to get my fill of all this grandeur and beauty! Thank you for sharing!

RedPat said...

What a fabulous city, Lois! I love your pics!

Sharon Anck said...

What a beautiful city with so much to see in every directions. Thanks for showing it to us.

Marleen said...

Beautiful photos, Lois! Thanks for taking us along on this wonderful trip :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lois -- what an amazing trip. Our grandson is married to a beautiful young lady from Slovakia (met at the University of Oregon where she was doing post-graduate work on a fellowship -- he has been there three times. We've seen many pictures of that country and the surrounding ones that the two of them took at various times and I love seeing it through yours.

bill burke said...

Lois, your photos show the beauty of Eastern Europe. A wonderful tour leader you are. Thank you!

Sandi said...

The lion guards the city! :-)

Klara S said...

I'd love to visit Budapest. It has beautiful architecture.