One of the best things about where we were staying in Budapest was that we were right beside the River Danube.
Many cities have the obligatory river but Budapest has put theirs on a pedestal and embellished it with beautiful bridges, breathtaking architecture and golden lights that transform the city by night.
Chain Bridge is probably the most famous, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube, and was opened way back in 1849.
As far as bridges go, it’s a beauty!
Situated opposite Chain Bridge on Buda side of the river is the Castle Hill Funicular. It’s a quaint railway that links to Buda Castle and offers some light relief from walking up the steep hill or countless steps to the top!
While only a short journey it was very enjoyable. There’s something quite magically about stepping into the mahogany coloured wooden cabins, waving at passers by on the footbridges and being hoisted up the hill.
Plus once you get to the top the sights over the Danube and Pest side of the river are stunning.
We explored Buda Castle and were lucky enough to stumble upon a shack selling mulled wine. With the temperature close to -6 degrees today the warming red liquid was most welcomed!
After walking around the castle grounds for quite some time, our noses pink and our toes numb, we needed a break from the icy weather.
So we headed across Chain Bridge to explore more of Pest…
…and accidentally stumbled upon Mr Funk.
His cheeky face was welcoming and tempting us in, or maybe it was the big ‘DONUT’ sign outside that did it?
If you are looking for a sweet snack whilst in Budapest it’s worth a visit, there are so many doughnuts to choose from and Bagels too if you’re looking for something a little more savoury.