25 December 2015 Friday
We started late this morning. Leisurely we strolled along the Danube.
Exploring Danube River Bank.
There are number of art pieces along the bank of Danube – modern and not century old monuments.
Girl with her dog statue
The Little Princess
Shoes on the Danube Bank…The sad story… Budapest Jews were ordered to step out of their shoes before being shot and their bodies fell into the Danube.
Falling Maple leaves and Singing birds….Relaxing in the morning Sun.
Looking across the Danube… Fisherman Bastion, Matthias Church, Buda Castle and Chain Bridge.
Four Season Hotel was located at the Pest end of Chain Bridge.
Momentarily Darkness…. we thought there was some sort of eclipse.
The chain Bridge was built in 1849 (more than 160 years ago) – Guardian lion and the “Chain”. It must be a wonder during those days.
Danube from Chain Bridge
Liberty and Elizabeth Bridge seems so close .
The Zero KM Stone was located at the Buda end of Chain Bridge. All roads in Hungary have their Zero KM mark located at this point.
We had our lunch in the cafe just besides the Funicular. Interesting Hamster sharing our lunch.
After Lunch, we hopped into the funicular which sent us to the summit.
Chain Bridge from the summit
Exit the Funicular station, we were at Habsburg Gate _ entrance to Royal Palace. The Turul Bird is the center of attractions.
Ancient castle remains on the side of castle hill facing away from Danube.
There are so many site to explore at castle hill
It was around 1500 hrs… the sun it was ticking down the horizon…
Sunset over Danube
We were back to Fisherman Bastion with evening Sun…
Strolling on Ground level…
Heading up fleets of stairs… and peeping through the arch…
Looking down from the highest Point of Fisherman Bastion…
Matthias Church was tinted with orange…
The interior look exceptionally Grand.
The Altar area
Every inch of the interior was finely Crafted.
Exploring the upper deck
A close up and we were amazed by the fine detail of the smaller display. We were enveloped in a Heavenly Art Piece.
Matthias Church look Golden and glittered in the night sky.
More Crowd gathered around Fisherman Bastion. It look wonderful at night.
We make our way back to Hapsburg Gate Funicular Station.
Chain Bridge and its Guardian Lions…. It was a cool experience to stroll with Danube breeze on this Christmas Day.
We had our dinner at Boom and Brass. The ambient was good.
We had very good dinner, especially the Goose Liver portion was huge and tasted wonderful.
After Dinner, we explored the Fashion street.
The dangling displays….
This very unique Christmas Tree.
Inside the Christmas Tree…
Our lovely merry go round…It was time to collect our luggage and catch the night train to Zurich.
At the Budapest Train Station …. and our cabin.
A very special way to spend our Christmas on this very wonderful City. A lot of spectacular and enjoyable sighting. Good dinner and special night train experience.
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