How do you get from the south region of Eastern Europe to Copenhagen, Denmark for a flight? Budapest, Hungary is great international hub known for cheap flights. Norwegian Air offers low priced flights to most countries in Europe. I wish I knew about them sooner. Ryan Air and Easy Jet are subpar budget carriers in comparison. I used Norwegian for my flight to Denmark from Hungary, and home to the states. It's a newer airline, with incredible modern aircrafts and high-quality service. I love Southwest in the USA, but if I had to pick between the two, Norwegian is king.
Budapest is made up of two cities - Buda and Pest - connected by the Chain Bridge over the Danube River. They've only been combined entities for the last few decades. Something else, it's pronounced Buda-pesH-t. Not, Buda-pest.
The first evening, after photographing the Chain Bridge (above), I wanted to photograph the Parliament building (below).
It ended up being over 2 miles to the other side of the river to stand directly center. On my way, there was a massive pedestrian path along the river. Much like the shore path in Chicago. There was a tram line that I could have taken, but I figured the exercise and fresh air would be more fulfilling.
It was late October during my visit. It was cold. My immune system was crashing, and I had to force every bone in my body to go out and explore. While normally the walking tours can bore me out, I had two nights in the city, and I knew it was my key to seeing the "hallmarks" of Budapest. I ended up photographing a lot of the architecture. It was so beautiful. I hope you enjoy!
On the Buda side, there is a Church called Saint Matthias. The stunning gothic architecture models the same mosaic tile roof as Saint Mark's Church in Zagreb, Croatia. With the gorgeous sunlight that day, it was so enchanting and magnificent.
More random photos from the Buda side
Back on the Pest side, every city has those secret fun hiding places. Budapest's is Szimpla. It's a quirky social establishment with random hodge-podge antiques and other unique collection pieces scattered throughout the property. It's two stories with stuff hanging from the ceilings, a conservatory upstairs, and different bars and restaurants in different rooms. The first time I went, there was a couple enjoying their wine while sitting in a bath tub next to a crazy kangaroo statue (pictured below). The woman's bathroom was a hidden door with a mermaid. It's something that everyone needs to see for themselves!