About Colleen D
Lives in Palo Alto, California
Since Jun. 2012
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues, Historic Sites
Bodies of Water
Sacred & Religious Sites
Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
We have stayed at The Four Seasons twice and frankly I cannot imagine a better hotel. It is located in the historic Gresham Palace which has stunning architecture and it located on the Pest side of the city at the foot of the Chain Bridge. It is a quick walk to many shops and restaurants. It is expensive, but worth the splurge. The hotel restaurant is lovely and serves a simply fantastic European breakfast (American favorites are also available) and even if you don't stay at the hotel, stop by to enjoy the beautiful building and have afternoon tea with a pastry in the restaurant.
This is a great spot in the Castle District to get views of the Pest side of the city across the Danube.
Pater Marcus Abbey is located at the bottom of Castle Hill near the Chain Bridge. It is a very family friendly restaurant with great beer. There is basement seating which can be wonderfully cooling on a hot summer day.
This simple but moving tribute to Holocaust victims is easy to overlook, but take the time to seek it out. It is located on the Pest side of the city a little north from the Chain Bridge.
When you tire of Hungarian cuisine and want some Italian favorites, this is a good option near St. Stephens church.
My son was studying in Budapest and found this little gem. It is definitely a spot for students and locals - not expensive or fancy, but good, satisfying food.
Located within steps of St. Stephens, this spot offers a good variety of ice cream flavors painstakingly scooped into a flower. A great treat after a long day of sightseeing. Locals and tourist alike line up to pick their favorite flavors.
The castle district is not to be missed when your visit Budapest. Take the tour - there are literally layers of history inside the castle. Plus the views from the hill are stunning.
It may be touristy, but go ahead a book a tour on one of the boats that scoot up and down the Danube and give you a great view of the city from the river. You'll get great views and learn a little of the history of the city.
Be sure to walk across the Chain Bridge at least once. It links the Castle District on the Buda side to downtown Pest. At night, the bridge is lit up.
Every European city has at least one great church to visit and this is Budapest's. You can just enter the church and look around, or if you like stairs, climb to the top. The Basilica is also a good landmark if you are walking in the city and are getting turned around. The plaza leading up to the church is full of excellent restaurants with ample outdoor seating which is great for people watching.
Another famous landmark in Budapest. The zoo is nearby as well as a large park. Gundels, which used to be among the most famous restaurants in Budapest is nearby.
My mother used to play on Margit Island when she was a child. It is a huge recreational area where you can see joggers, cyclists, sunbathers, strollers, etc.
Gellert Hill has wonderful views of the city, especially at night. Our local friend insisted on taking us during the day and in the evening.
This is one of the main shopping streets in Budapest. It does have a lot of tourist shops, but if you are walking through the city, it is great for people watching and is a pedestrian walkway, so you can stroll and browse easily.
This is a stunning building and worth a trip just to see the architecture. You can tour the synagogue as well, or just take in the views from outside. You can see the famous metal tree memorial to the Holocaust here as well.
This square is in the heart of the shopping district and there are often free dance/music performances to watch. There are good restaurants nearby and merchants selling some interesting items from booths. Another great spot to stop and relax over a beer or meal and people watch. We saw a wedding party parade through the square - which was a treat to see.
A quick way to navigate Castle Hill and get great views while enjoying a historic funicular.
This can be a disturbing but worthwhile place to visit (I didn't go, but my husband and son who are history buffs did). There is a great deal of troubling history in BUdapest, especially from WWII and the Communist Era and if those periods interest you, this is a must see.
We were traveling with kids and zoos are always a fun diversion after too many churches and museums! There was a terrific meerkat exhibit, a lovely place to stop and have a sweet treat/beverage. The zoo is not terribly large and you can easily see enjoy it in several hours.
If you can't afford to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel located in the palace, you can at least enjoy a meal or afternoon tea there and check out the beautiful architecture. A great place to stop after touring the castle as it is located just opposite the castle at the foot of the Chain Bridge.
To get a feel for the rich Hungarian folk culture, this is a wonderful little museum with interesting displays.
This is the sort of place you just have to see to believe. I happen to love marzipan (and there is plenty to purchase in the shop), but do yourself a favor and pay the nominal fee to tour the marzipan museum. You will not learn how marzipan is made. No, you will learn that ANYTHING can (and has) been made from marzipan. This includes scenes from many Disney movies, Michael Jackson, replicas of buildings, Princess Diana, embroidery rendered in marzipan, etc. It is tucked away in the castle district near the Fisherman's Bastion plaza. My kids took photos of nearly everything. Weird, but wonderful.