A four day city break between Christmas and the New Year to Budapest was our plan. It started well, driving to Manchester and checking in for our Air France flight to Budapest via Paris Charles De Gaulle airport. Our flight to Paris was delayed which resulted in a tight connection at Charles de Gaulle. Thankfully, there was just enough time for us to reach the gate to board our Malev flight to Budapest but when our luggage didn’t appear on the baggage carousel we realised it hadn’t travelled on the aircraft with us. We were assured that our luggage would be delivered to our hotel the following day and in the meantime we were issued with One World amenity bags containing toiletries and a T Shirt to sleep in. It was late evening so there was no opportunity to go shopping for essentials that night.
So, minus our luggage we took the train into the city centre crossing the Danube which looked beautiful in the moonlight. After purchasing the train ticket one needs to validate it in a machine on the platform before boarding the train. Some friends of ours had visited two years earlier and having bought their tickets did not notice the validating machines and just boarded the train. When the guard inspected the tickets they were issued with fines, even though they had their tickets as proof of payment.
Buda Castle Hotel was , as the name suggests, located near the castle on a cobbled street. It proved to be a good choice, modern rooms in an old building with friendly staff. We enjoyed a light supper in the hotel then it was time for bed, dreaming of exploring beautiful Budapest in the morning.