On our last full day in Budapest, we were treated to a personal tour of the Danube bend. Daniel, our excellent guide, drove us 60 km north of Budapest to Esztergom, the former capital of Hungary from the 10th to 13th century. At the top of Castle hill we explored the neoclassical Basilica, which is the tallest building in Hungary and also the head of the nation’s Roman Catholic church. Impressive features include the pipe organ and relics of saint Marko Krizin and archbishop József Mindszenty.
We then drove to Visegrád where I climbed over 300 steps to see the mountain castle. I got so warm that I melted the plastic nosepiece and frame of my sunglasses while they were on my face! The views of the Danube panorama were well worth it, across the river is Slovenia.
Our last stop on the tour was Szentendre, (translated it is St. Andrew’s), a baroque city built on the medieval ruins. We took a nice walk throughout the shops and then walked the promenade along the river. We even stumbled upon a movie set where they were using cotton to make fake snow on rooftops and had decorated Christmas trees long that street.
It was a hot day, but we really enjoyed the tour and would gladly recommend it to those visiting Budapest.