After enjoying breakfast in the light and airy Buda Castle hotel’s restaurant, it was time to explore. Wrapping up well to protect us from the icy cold, we began exploring the cobblestone streets with their 18th century Baroque buildings in this world heritage part of the city.
Our first stop was at Fisherman’s Bastion, named after the fish market, which was constructed to commemorate the fishermen who protected Buda. Although there is a fee to access the upper lookout, the lower level viewpoint is free and also offers some of the best views of the city below.
From here we continued on to Buda Castle formerly the historic castle and palace of the Hungarian monarchy. Nowadays, Buda Castle is the home of the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Library and also the Budapest History Museum. Outside the palace stands the Lion Courtyard and the statue of the Turul bird. Walking down the steep hill to the Danube, we walked over the famous Chain Bridge into the Pest district on the opposite bank from where we had spectacular views of Buda and its castle.
We strolled back to our hotel walking up the steep hillside on the Buda side of the river. Arriving back at our hotel we were disappointed to find that our luggage had still not arrived. The front desk staff were helpful in contacting the airport for us, only to discover that our luggage was still in Charles De Gaulle airport, Paris. A quick shopping trip was then required to purchase some essentials.