Budapest Day 1

Paris to Budapest via flight- Easy Jet

Having checked in online, it was a simple process of a bag drop when we got to the airport. The limit of Checked in luggage is 20kg. We were over by 1kg but the staff was very friendly and didn’t create any trouble for us.

Paris to Budapest was 1h 50mins by flight. It was a very comfortable flight. Make sure to carry only one cabin baggage on this flight as they are very strict about their 1 baggage policy. If you have a camera bag, laptop bag, a handbag or any other additional item to your cabin baggage, it’s the best to put them inside the cabin baggage or else they will make you do so before boarding.

On Arrival at Budapest Airport

After coming out of the aircraft, it’s quite a bit of a walk before you reach the Baggage claim area.

Modes of Transportation

Bus Service

There’s an airport bus shuttle service desk as soon as you enter the arrival hall, you can give them the address of your hotel and they will tell you the price of the trip in Hungarian currency as well as Euros. Our booking was at the Grand Corinthia hotel, which was 20km away from the airport and the cost was 18Euro with a 30-minute wait time. (9 Euro per person approximately)

Taxi

I had read somewhere about taxis being economical too so we came out of the airport to see our options and there was a yellow booth of Fo Taxi where you could tell them the name of your hotel and they will allot you a ticket with taxi number and the total cost of the journey along with the distance. If you are travelling with your family, this is a good option because the best part of this Taxi service was that the price of the taxi is not based on the number of people but on the distance. As mentioned earlier our hotel was 20km away and the total price of the journey was 23 Euro and we tipped a Euro to our friendly German taxi driver. It took us about 23-25 minutes to reach the hotel.

Corinthia Hotel

On approaching the hotel we were welcomed by the friendly guards at the hotel entrance, who happily took our luggage to the reception. The hotel looked like an exquisite palace from the outside and the inside Grandeur will simply leave you in awe. The hotel staff upgraded us to a beautiful suite as I was there for my birthday celebrations and they offered a commendable service throughout our stay.

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Walk to Danube River from Corinthia Hotel

After leaving our hotel, we walked straight to the Danube River. It was approximately a 25-minute walk. At the end of this walk we saw the beautiful Margaret Bridge (Margit hid), which connects Buda and Pest. It is a 3way bridge, which is also the second oldest bridge in Budapest. Buda & Pest are actually connected by many bridges , Margaret being one of them.

 

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Walk along the Danube River

Walk along the Danube River

We didn’t go across the bridge instead decided to walk along the river till we reached the Chain Bridge (The Széchenyi Chain Bridge) , the first permanent bridge in Budapest and also one of the most popular among tourists.

This was a very pleasant walk as we could see the hilly areas of Buda on our right and the beautiful architecture of the government buildings on our left towards the Pest area.

Hungarian Parliament Building

A popular tourist destination and an important landmark of the city, the Hungarian Parliament also known, as the Budapest Parliament is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. Situated on the banks of River Danube it looks majestic and unreal. From the outside, the architecture is very Gothic with a symmetrical façade and a Central Dome. The façade displays statues of famous Hungarian leaders.

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Hungarian Parliament

Shoes on the Danube Bank

You will come across an area on the banks of Danube where you will see a lot of shoes and wonder why they are there. If you look closely they are iron shoes that were actually installed there as a memorial by a sculptor. They were created to honour the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away. The metal artwork represents their shoes left behind on the bank.

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Shoes on the Danube

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Definitely one of the most beautiful bridges I have ever walked on! A walk on the Chain bridge is a must, it’s definitely on of the most popular bridge connecting the Buda and the Pest. It is guarded by two exquisite Lion statues on each side at the entrance and was one of the first permanent bridges of Budapest. If you watched the Bollywood movie, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and remember the famous scene where Aishwarya Rai runs to meet Salman Khan, it was actually shot on this bridge and not in Italy as the movie depicts.

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Chain Bridge
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Budapest at Night and a night view of Chain Bridge

Gresham Palace (Four Seasons Hotel)

After taking a walk on the bridge, we headed back to our hotel. On the eastern side of the Chain bridge, you can admire the beauty of Gresham Palace, an Art Nouveau building which is now managed by the Four Seasons Hotels. You can also choose to stay at this beautiful property, which is centrally located or go check out its beautiful interiors.

Hotels on the Bank of Danube River

If you wish to stay in one of the hotels on the banks of River Danube, you can choose from a number of hotels including, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Intercontinental hotel Budapest, Sofitel Budapest Chain bridge & Budapest Marriott Hotel. Some of them can be really expensive but if you book in advance you may find great deals on travel websites like www.booking.com or www.hotels.com

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Chain Bridge

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

First opened in 1896 as the Grand Hotel Royal, Corinthia Hotel Budapest remains among the grandest in the city. Meticulously renovated, the hotel’s rich history blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art features, such as an original 19th century spa, elegant eateries, two bars and the city’s largest hotel conference facilities.

We were absolutely in love with this hotel and the best part of our stay was the unlimited access to the Spa! The free unlimited access to the Royal Spa made the stay at this hotel so much more worth it! It’s one of the best spas in Budapest with a 15 meter long swimming pool and other amazing facilities. I would highly recommend staying at this hotel just for this amazing spa !

Weather

We visited the city in mid April and found it hot in the day time and chilly in the evenings.

Dinner

I had heard from my parents and friends that Budapest has some really good Indian food and I was looking forward to trying it out. We dined at Indigo, which was an amazing Indian restaurant, located few minutes walking distance from our hotel. The food was great and the ambience, music and location was excellent.

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