Once you cross the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, or any other bridge that spans the River Danube between the western and eastern sides of Budapest, you get to the Buda part of the city. It is considered to be the historical site of Budapest. Walking around Buda you will discover its majestic architectural gems, and feel the atmosphere of the past. So let's begin a small tour around this beautiful part of the city and explore its main sights.
The first "must-go" place on the list is the Fisherman's Bastion. If I were to describe this place, I would say that it's an architectural complex, which includes a wide gallery 140 meters long, offering the most breathtaking view of the Pest side along with the Danube River and the Hungarian Parliament. The seven towers of Fisherman's Bastion symbolize the seven Magyar tribe leaders, who in the end of the 9th century united their tribes into a single nation, and created an integral state.
The next spot, which is located in close vicinity of the Fisherman's Bastion, is the Matthias Church, a stunningly beautiful Roman Catholic church built in Romanesque style in 1015. It was firstly erected by the King of Hungary- Saint Stephen, the statue of whom is in front of the bastion. Unfortunately, the building was destroyed in 1241 by the Mongols, while the current building was constructed in the second half of the 13th century, and later restored in the 19th.
Heading to the next destination from the list, which is the Buda Castle, you can spot some adorable souvenir shops. I swear that if I were alone, I think I would have lost myself there for the whole day. With all the overdose of cuteness on the shelves, the mesmerizing smell of lavender sachets, you are literally lured into the shops, and you just can't say no. The same story happened a bit later, when on our way we saw the market with traditional Hungarian stuff. Here you have a wider variety to choose from, including leather goods, Hungarian spices, clothes, crockery, and much more.
Before you go to the Buda Castle, take a minute to admire the beauty of Buda side from a bird's-eye view.
The last but not the least is the Buda Castle, which is the historical castle of the Hungarian Kings in Budapest. Built in the 13th century, it went through major modifications since then, being restored several times. Nowadays it is a part of the Budapest World Heritage Site. Here you can also visit the Hungarian National Gallery, which houses an impressive collection of paintings, dating from the medieval period till the 20th century. You can admire the works of such great artists as: Raphael, Correggio, El Greco, Memling, Bruegel, Cranach, Van Dyck, Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, and many others.