Today was a very wet day. Although it was only drizzeling when we made our way to vegan cafe ’Great Bistro’ for breakfast around 9 o’clock,
it really started pouring down on our way back, and by the time we reached the hostel 15 minutes later we were both soaking wet, our trousers sticking to our legs and our rain coats having almost reached their limit. We changed clothes and waited for about 10 minutes until it had subsided substantially, before heading down Adrássy street to the museum of terror where some 50 people had gotten the same idea as us, and we ended up queuing for about 40 minutes before being let inside.
I must say though that those 40 minutes times three would have been worth the wait. Out of respect I took no pictures inside, but the museum was truly haunting, and making my way through the terrors that had been carried out under both the Nazi and Sovjet regime left me with chills. The chills were only amplified by the music playing and by ending the trip in the basement, where hundreds had been imprisoned, tortured and executed.
When we left the museum it was around 12.30, and using two of our 10 block tickets we had bought the day prior, we took the bus to the Buda side. From here we climbed the stairs to the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, enjoying the view of the city,
before continuing on to the Buda Castle. By now it had started raining heavily again so we took refugee in an open building by the castle, waiting for the worst of it to pass.
We quickly made our way to the Hungarian National Gallery where they were exhibiting Frida Kahlo as a temporary exhibit. We bought our tickets (at half price because we’re EU citizens under 25!) and spend a solid hour marveling at Frida Kahlo’s amazing artworks and reading about their tragic origin. By now it was almost four o’clock, and we still hadn’t eaten lunch, so we only took a quick look around the permanent exhibitions before making our way down to a vegetarian cafe that turned out to be closed. From there we took the tram to the Géllert hill, where we ate lunch at Vegan Love down the road, Zuzanna getting her fourth burger of the interrail trip, while I ordered a Mexican hot dog.
After finally having found a place to eat, we made our way over the liberty bridge to the Pest side, where we took a stroll through the Great Market Hall looking at souvenirs and produce, though keeping from buying anything.
We once again made our way over the bridge, where we took a look at the Cave Church inside Géllert hill.
By now we were both quite tired from the day and the sun was starting to set, so we decided against hiking up to the Citadella on top of Géllert hill, although it should be quite extraordinary. You can’t do it all in two days.
Instead, we chose to finish off our Budapest trip the only right way: by going to the Géllert baths and spa, where we swam and sat around until right before closing time at 8 pm.
Although I wished I could have taken pictures of the beautiful rooms, I really didn't think it was worth the risk of ruining my phone, but we did take this great photo with our swimming caps on - that we had to buy since they were obligatory - looking like either Tweedledee and Tweedledum or Humpty Dumpty.
It had finally stopped raining and we could walk to Napfenyes Restaurant peacefully infamous street Váci Utca without having to choose between getting soaked our running for cover.
The restaurant was incredible with amazing food and service as well as delicious cakes for dessert. We walked home satisfied, stopping by a Spar to buy breakfast for the next morning -finally having learned our lesson that nothing will be open at 8 am.
As I lied down in my little pod, I was both excited to get to Vienna and sad to leave lovely Budapest so soon. I will definitely visit it sometime again though, and there’s still much more to see and experience on our trip.
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