The train to Budapest was smooth and once again proved to be an excellent way to travel.
As we approached the train station a lady on the train heard us talking and asked where we were from – Robert and I said Texas and Morgan had the nerve to say Salzburg. She explained that she was enrolled in a study abroad program. The lady was from Hungary but had lived in the states for 14 years. She helped us get a cab and we were on our way to the hotel. The hotel did not disappoint. It’s one of those things that you never really know till you get there because you just see the pictures and read the reviews online.
It was 2:00 in the afternoon, so we had lots of time to explore before the dinner cruise on the Danube that we arranged through the hotel front desk when we checked in. So as we walked along the river Robert noticed a tram leading up a mountainside so went over to check it out. We chose to walk up instead of taking the tram and we’re totally surprised by what we found on top! One of the most famous historical sites of Budapest – Buda Castle also known as Castle Hill. The views from there were incredible. And we ate one of the most delicious treats ever – a Kurtoskalacs – basically a rolled up pastry resembling a funnel cake.
The dinner cruise was the perfect way to spend the evening. All the buildings, castles, and cathedrals were lit up so beautifully! And the dinner was quite delicious. We had a lovely time and ended the night with a brisk walk back to the hotel.
We slept like logs and didn’t set an alarm to get up. After a typical European breakfast, consisting of salami, cheese, fresh bread, sausage, fresh juice and coffee we took off for a day of sight-seeing!