Bonnie Moss (c)September,2013
Next city on the list is Budapest in Hungary. A city rich in history.
You'd think by now, we'd be running out of steam.Not a chance.
Well, I slowed the ladies down a bit- the high altitude at
over 1000 feet was not too kind to my COPD. But- I managed
The Corinthia Hotel is magnificent. As soon as we walked in,
we were in awe. We knew we were in for a treat.
First order after our check-in was lunch. It was the birthday
of the excellent organizer of our tour and proud
to say my sister.
Then off to discover what the city has to offer- our first day in Budapest.
Spent the afternoon exploring the city, with teeming crowds,
outdoor cafes and shopping!
Back at the hotel, a brief swim, then
ordered room service for dinner. It was
fun and relaxing just hanging out in our room.
Second day is a tour of Budapest so we start with
a hearty breakfast. We've have fabulous buffet breakfasts
in all the places we stayed. Budapest was no exception.
Buda became the capital of Hungary in 1361, reaching its height
as a cultural center under Matthias Corvinus. Pest fell to the
Turks in 1526, Buda in 1541.
When Charles V of Lorraine conquered them
for the Hapsburgs in 1686, both Buda and
Pest were in ruins.They were resettled,Buda
with Germans, Pest with Serbs and Hungarians.
Buda, a free royal town after 1703, had a
renaissance under Maria Theresa, who
built a royal palace.
On the top of the old fortress walls, the Fishermen’s bastion
was only constructed between 1895-1902. It is named after
the fishermen’s guild because according to customs in the
middle ages this guild was in charge of defending this part
of the castle wall. As a matter of fact it has never had a
defending function. The architect was Frigyes Schulek,
planned the building in neo-gothic style.
The seven towers symbolise the seven chieftains, who conquerred
the land for the Hungarians. The Fishermen’s bastion greatly
contributes to the cityscape and offers a breathtaking panorama
on the Pest side. In front of the Fishermen's bastion, the equestrian
statue depicts our first king, St Stephen. The Matthias Church and
the Fishermens bastion are the most beloved sights of the
Buda Castle District.
Buda became largely a residential sector.After the union of
Buda and Pest in 1873, the united city grew rapidly as one
of the two capitals of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. The
city was by 1917 Hungary's leading commercial center and
was already ringed by industrial suburbs.
Also a beautiful city, Budapest became famed for its literary,
theatrical, and musical life and attracted tourists with its
mineral springs, its historic buildings, and its parks.
Hot Springs of Budapest