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Budapest, Hungary

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St. Stephens Basilica

A beautiful Roman Catholic basilica, named after Stephen, the first king of Hungary whose mummified hand is housed in an elaborate reliquary. Today it is the third largest church in Hungary and it's worth taking the stairs or elevator to the top for incredible views. 

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Around the Parliament Building

There is a lot to see in this part of Budapest. The Parliament Building is an incredible sight, the Danube River is right there with stunning views of the Buda side across the water. A casual walk by the water leads to the Shoes on the Danube Bank; a memorial erected in 2005 to honor the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia during the Second World War. 

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The Jewish District

The Jewish District in Budapest is filled with history and charm. Some of the things we did were:

  • Explore the local shops: Antiques, thrift stores and Tisza shoes. 

  • Dohany St Synagogue: The largest Synagogue in Europe. 

  • Szimpla Kert ruin bar

  • Gozsdu Weekend market has unique items, many of which are hand made by local artists. 

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The Buda Side

Budapest is actually two amazing cities in one, Buda and Pest. Taking a trip to the Buda side is a requirement when visiting the city....trust me! Exploring the castle district takes a full day, so put on your walking shoes and enjoy the journey. 

Buda Side day planner; Walking the Castle District: 

  • Start at Fisherman’s Bastion

  • Matthias Church

  • Buda Castle and Castle Hill (5 minutes from the church)

  • Castle Garden Bazaar (5 minute walk)

Then head back to the Pest side to the Central Market Hall (huge market, 3 floors: 8 minute drive or 25 minute walk) After exploring the castle district, it's a great spot to get lunch and do some shopping. 

Welcome to the Castle District

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Matthias Church

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On our walk back to the pest side.

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Welcome to the Castle District

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