Budapest, Hungary

The second stop on our 2012 European Delivery adventure was Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest, Hungary

We stayed at St. George Residence for three nights.

St. George Residence at Buda Castle

The package we bought on Luxury Link was for an 800 square foot room with a fully equipped kitchen, separate living room, breakfast for two each morning, a 3-course dinner for two, a bottle of champagne and a bouquet of fresh flowers.

St. George Residence at Buda Castle

Pretty sweet deal!

St. George Residence at Buda Castle

After we settled in we went to the courtyard to plan the rest of our afternoon…

Budapest, Hungary

… over a couple of beers.

Budapest, Hungary

We stayed on the Buda side of Budapest up on Castle Hill, the oldest part of the city.

My favorite thing about Castle Hill is Matthias Church.

Budapest, Hungary

The church was originally built in 1015 in Romanesque style, and I think it’s stunning.

It is located in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion, a terrace with seven towers overlooking the Danube River and the Pest side of Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

The Danube River separates the two sides with Buda on the west bank:

Budapest, Hungary

And Pest on the east:

Budapest, Hungary

We read great things about Hunyadi Étterem Restaurant on Trip Advisor City Guides so we checked it out for dinner.

Hunyadi Étterem Restaurant, Budapest

It ended up being our favorite meal in Budapest. It was everything we love to find in a restaurant while traveling — creative food, attentive service, and mostly locals eating there.

We started with Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms with Thyme, Camembert, and Goat Cheese:

Hunyadi Étterem Restaurant, Budapest

Next I had the Fillet of Chicken Breast rolled in Bacon and stuffed with Ewe’s Cheese with Potato Dumplings and Paprika Sour Cream.

Hunyadi Étterem Restaurant, Budapest

Our dessert was a Chocolate Souffle with Sour Cherries sauteed with Pálinka (a traditional fruit brandy).

Hunyadi Étterem Restaurant, Budapest

After dinner we walked along the terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion:

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

And then ooed and awed as we walked around Matthias Church.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is one of the prettiest cities we’ve been to.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

The next couple of days we took in most of the sights.

Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian National Gallery is located in Buda Castle:

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Buda Castle is massive and we ended up spending several hours there.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

The Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects Buda and Pest. It opened on November 20, 1849.

Budapest, Hungary

It was the longest in Europe at that time and was one of the modern world’s engineering wonders with just two towers supporting the spans with giant iron chains.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

St. Stephen’s Basilica is the largest church in Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

The basilica has six bells — one in the south tower and five in the north tower.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

It was completed in 1905 after 54 years of construction.

54 years!

Budapest, Hungary

The dome collapsed during construction in 1868 and they had to start over from the ground up.

Budapest, Hungary

We took the elevator to the top of the dome and got an amazing 360° view of Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian State Opera House is located in central Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

It is considered to be among the best opera houses in the world in terms of its acoustics.

Budapest, Hungary

Unfortunately, they do not have performances in July or August but we were able to tour the inside.

Budapest, Hungary

Szabadság Square is downtown Budapest.

Budapest, Hungary

They had a huge TV in the park playing the Summer Olympics so we hung-out and watched Hungary and Taiwan play Ping Pong.

Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of Europe’s oldest legislative buildings.

Hungarian Parliament Building

Hungarian Parliament Building

It sits on the bank of the Danube River with the main facade — and prettiest side in my opinion — facing the river.

Budapest, Hungary

After 3 days of exploring Budapest we started our journey towards Bratislava, Slovakia.

Budapest, Hungary

We passed several wind farms along the way, and I don’t know about you, but I think they are really cool.

Budapest, Hungary

We crossed into Slovakia and were in Bratislava by early afternoon.

Slovakia

Next stop, Bratislava — European Delivery.

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You can read about the BMW European Delivery process HERE and HERE.

And all the cities we’ve been to on our BMW European Delivery adventures HERE.

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