Hopping on and off in Budapest
We bought a 2 day pass for the giraffe line hop on hop off busses in Budapest. It was affordable and it also included a Danube river cruise. An added bonus was the free wifi because the Internet connection at our flat was not working on the first day. We caught the bus on Andrassy ut and took the red line all the way around. The most amazing view was from the Citadella, a former fortress that sits on the top of Gellert hill. The liberty statue looks down from here on the Daunbe, close to the Elizabeth Bridge.
We got off the bus after a complete loop at the opening to City Park at the beautiful Heroes’ Square. The Hungarian version of the Voice was filming at the Palace of Arts on this square. The Millennium Memorial is situated in the middle of the square, complete with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century.
We walked back along Andrassy ut and had lunch at a cafe. We then took a tour of the Hungarian State Opera House. Not quite as lavish as the one in Paris, but beautiful all the same. The iron curtain on the stage is very impressive and was installed as an important fire safety element in the theatre.
That evening we cruised on the Daube river. It was a warm night, and I left most of the picture taking to Alison as it was a long day. It was a beautiful way to wrap up another amazing day of sightseeing.