Budapest – Buda side July 2014

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and has often been nicknamed Paris of the East. It is the combination of the hilly Buda and the flat Pest across from each other along the Danube River, which together with Obuda, were united into a single city in 1873.  Buda and Pest are linked by a suspension bridge, the Chain Bridge.

We stayed at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.  The palace was completed in 1906 in the Art Nouveau style and was originally built as an office and apartment building.

DSCF1780Four Seasons Gresham Palace

DSCF2278The main lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace.


DSCF1775Beautiful view of Castle Hill from my room at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace.

Right outside the hotel is the Pest end of the Chain Bridge.  I walked across to the Buda side and took a funicular up to Castle Hill to visit the former Royal Palace, 18th century Baroque houses, Gothic monuments, and cobblestone streets.

DSCF1782The Chain Bridge

DSCF1789The Chain Bridge

DSCF1797Going up to Castle Hill by funicular.

DSCF1804Former Royal Palace up on Castle Hill.



DSCF1818View of the city from Buda Castle Hill.

DSCF182314th century Matthias Church

DSCF1828Beautiful roof tiles


DSCF1830Fisherman’s Bastion on Buda Castle Hill

DSCF1836Fisherman’s Bastion

DSCF1833View of the Parliament

DSCF1841Great place for a coffee break and a magnificent view of the city.

DSCF1855Baroque houses up in Buda Castle Hill.

DSCF1858Hungarian National Archives with its beautiful tiled roof.


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