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Budapest: Part Two

St. Stephen's Basilica, State Opera House, Matthias Church

Greetings! To round out our visit to Budapest we visited, St. Stephen's Basilica (and opted to do the panoramic view of the city), the State Opera House, and Matthias Church. There is so much to do in Budapest. We had a hard time figuring out how to narrow down all of the sites we wanted to visit in the few days we were there.

St. Stephen's Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It is named for Stephen, the first King of Hungary (975–1038), whose right hand is housed in the reliquary. On Thursday evenings, there is a concert in the Basilica, which we opted to buy tickets for and it was FANTASTIC! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in classical music. There was an organist, flutist, and vocalist. St. Stephen's is one of the most beautiful Basilicas I've been in so far.
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Panorama view of the cit of Budapest.
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The Hungarian State Opera House located in central Budapest, was originally known as the Hungarian Royal Opera House. Construction began in 1875 and opened to the public in September 1884. We were treated to a mini performance at the end of our tour.
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We crossed the river and went to the Buda side of the city to visit Matthias Church. The church is Roman Catholic and located in the Holy Trinity Square, in front of the Fisherman's Bastion in the heart of Buda's Castle District. Matthias Church was beautiful in its own right and I really enjoyed the painting all over the church.
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Budapest is an absolutely amazing city. We really enjoyed our time there and cannot wait to go back. There is so much to do and see and it is a really beautiful city. I would definitely rank it in my top five most favorite cities I've visited so far.

On to the next adventure...

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Budapest: Part One

Danube River Cruise, Parliament and of course, Christmas Markets

Greetings! Our next adventure took us to Budapest, Hungary! We had heard many wonderful things about Budapest and decided it was a must see. Budapest is the capital city and most populous city in Hungary. Budapest combined three former cities to make one city: Buda, Óbuda, and Pest in 1873. It is famous for its thermal baths, has the third largest Parliament building in the world, and has the oldest subway-line on continental Europe. One thing I would recommend in Budapest is getting the Budapest Card, it gives you free access to the public transportation system (which was fantastic) and free entry into some sites and discounted entrances to others. You can purchase these cards ahead of time or at the airport.

After arriving, we dropped our bags off at our AirBnb, which was in an excellent location near Fashion Street and close to the metro, and decided on an evening river cruise on the Danube. I would highly recommend a river cruise at night. The city looks absolutely amazing.
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We also wanted to see the Hungarian Parliament Building. The building is situated in Kossuth Square, in the Pest side of the city and was conveniently located across the street from an underground stop. There are 691 rooms in the building. I would recommend buying tickets in advance as they sell out quickly and at Parliament, only "day of" tickets are sold.
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We really enjoyed the Christmas Market. There were local artisans and some excellent food choices. Scenes from the Budapest Christmas Market:
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We had some excellent food while we were in Budapest. Here are a couple of restaurants we enjoyed and some of the wonderful dishes.
Zeller Bistro: Zeller Bistro: http://www.zellerbistro.hu/
A la Maison: https://www.alamaisongrand.com/
Mokka Cukka: https://mokka-cukka.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral
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On to Budapest Part Two....

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