Budapest is the beautiful Hungarian capital, located next to the bend of the Danube. The river separates the city in two sides :
– Buda, with the Castle, St Matthias church and Fishermen bastion, Gellert Hill and the Liberty, Cave church
– Pest, with the Parliament, St Stephen basilica, the shoes, Andrassy utca, Szechenyi thermal baths, Jewish borough, Market hall, designer stores
Beauty and calm make me forget the negative temperatures in the streets, to appreciate the prestige of buildings. What I enjoyed a lot was the architecture of the Jewish centre, with narrow pedestrian ut., where melancholic pale facades stand next to bright wall drawings and run-down facades.
The view on the river at night (from 4.00pm) was one of the most incredible. Buda castle, the Parliament, the Chainbridge and Liberty bridge are illuminated and look like a fairy tale, more again in December when every streets and squares are full of Christmas markets.
Thermal baths are not a myth in Hungary. It is embedded in their citizen life and a major experience for any tourist. The Szechenyi thermal baths were the first built in Budapest, with indoor and outdoor pools. What a pleasure to swim outside with the sunset and stay in the 38° water when it’s freezing outside. Winter must be the best season to truly enjoy the delicacy of warm water.