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Travel Diary: Budapest

by danize.com@gmail.com

I want to share with you my experience of visiting Budapest, the capital of Hungary, for 5 days. I traveled from Krakow, Poland, by train and arrived in Budapest on a sunny morning. I stayed at a hostel near the city center, which was clean and comfortable.

On day 1, I explored the Buda side of the city, which is hilly and historical. I visited the Castle Hill, where I saw the Royal Palace, the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion. I also enjoyed the panoramic view of the Danube river and the Pest side from there. I walked across the Chain Bridge and took a funicular up to the Gellért Hill, where I admired the Liberty Statue and the Citadel.

On day 2, I visited the Pest side of the city, which is flat and modern. I started with the Parliament building, which is one of the largest and most beautiful in Europe. I joined a guided tour and learned about the history and politics of Hungary. Then I walked along the Danube promenade and saw the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial, which honors the victims of the Holocaust. I also visited the St. Stephen’s Basilica, which is the largest church in Budapest.

On day 3, I took a cruise on the Danube river and enjoyed the scenery of both sides of the city. I saw many landmarks such as the Margaret Island, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the National Theatre. The cruise also included a stop at the Szentendre Island, where I visited a charming village with colorful houses and art galleries. In the afternoon, I went to the Heroes’ Square, which is a large square with statues of Hungarian leaders and heroes. I also walked along the Andrássy Avenue and visited some museums and cafes. In the evening, I explored the Váci Street, which is a pedestrian street with many shops and restaurants.

On day 4, I decided to relax and enjoy some thermal baths in Budapest. I chose to go to the Széchenyi Baths, which are one of the largest and most popular in Europe. They have 18 pools with different temperatures and functions. I soaked in the warm water and felt very refreshed. I also tried some massages and treatments there. After that, I went to the City Park, which is a large green area with many attractions such as the Vajdahunyad Castle, the Zoo and the Ice Rink.

On day 5, I packed my bags and checked out from my hostel. I took a bus to Bratislava, Slovakia, where I planned to continue my trip. I said goodbye to Budapest and felt very happy that I had visited all the attractions and highlights of this amazing city.

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