View of Museum on Castle Hill, Budapest, Czech Republic
It was news to me that Budapest used to be two cities: 'Budah', and 'Pest'. Budah was a hilly city to west of the Danube River, The city of 'Pest' was flat as a pancake and it occupied the Danube's eastern shore. Below is the view leaving 'Pest' to the on the way to 'Buda' by crossing the Danube on the Széchenyi Chain Bridge.
One morning we drove over to Budah, where we searched and searched for 'Castle Hill'. Just off the bridge we drove through the tunnel ahead, which passed just under the castle grounds. The 'Funicular' or trams takes tourists up the hill. Hum, could Castle Hill be hiding in plain site?
|Headed straight for the tunnel, in search of 'Castle Hill'|
Note the eagle statue on the top left
Jo then did what she does best, jovially querying the locals on the location of Castle Hill. We were in for a lovely half hour walk to the base of the hill. Yes, I was grumbling under my breathe as I hate long walks. I know. I'm ridiculous.
So we walked.
Beautiful and old streets, shops and restaurants along the way.
Beautiful old streets and interesting shops along the route
There was no stopping until we were at the base of Castle Hill. Right where we'd crossed over the old Chain Bridge.
There, rather than waiting a half hour to board the funicular, i.e., the uphill tram on a track - we boarded a little shuttle, paid a small fee and rode up & around the hill to the castles. Along the way we passed the Fisherman's Bastion.
|The Fisherman's Bastion|
Fisherman's Bastion is young building really; built between 1895 and 1902. It's purpose? To allot everyone an elevated view of the Danube River below it.
|The Fisherman's Bastion, later by night|
|In the distance in the background, note the flying eagle statue|
|slightly spooky castle gate bearing a crow carrying a golden ring|
The Crow's Tale: A crow was caught stealing the golden ring of King Matthias. Weirdly,
to commemorate the event, the king named the crow an emblem for his heraldic emblem.
The king was a jerk. The end.
|Jo by the King Matthias Fountain that had hounds looking real enough to bark|
Jo had a try first
|Beginner's luck! Her first shot was a bulls eye|
|No such luck for others...|
|Awesome lion - stupid truck|
One night we took a cab to the Pest side of the Danube. There we met up with other tourists and a jovial tour guide. At the quick step, she marched us down to the river where we boarded a boat for a night time river cruise along the Danube River. Marching down the gangway onto the boat we gawked at people seated at elegant tables surrounding an on board banquet.
|down the gang plank & onto the cruise boat|
|Ooooo, dinner cruise, soups on!|
|The beautiful & grand, Budapest Parliament|
|Color changing buildings glitter on the Danube|
|Széchenyi Chain Bridge by night|