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Budapest

After the acquisition of expensive vignettes at the border and some more kilometers - 26.000 km are done already - we reached Budapest, the capital of Hungary and second largest city on the Danube river.

Past the State opera house we walk to St. Stephen's Basilica, both outside and inside very impressing and the climb on top of one of the spires offers a great view over the city. Nadine spotted a Christmas market from up here and thus it was clear where our tour would end today in any case. Our next destination was the Parliament building of Budapest, which - unlike the German Reichstag building - looks really impressive. Here we got to see a changing of the guard at the flagpole on the square in front of the parliament building.

Using the railway we crossed the Danube river and moved on to the Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. Great view - this time from the other side of the river. In a cafe we thawed ears and hands before we went towards the citadel passing the giant Buda Castle and walk back over to the opposite side of the Danube. The sun had already disappeared behind the horizon, which is why we agreed not to walk up the hill to the citadel and went to the Christmas market instead where Nadine enjoyed a freshly made 'Baumkuchen' and we both a mulled wine.

Road sign
St. Stephan's Basilica
St. Stephan's Basilica
Budapest Parliament building
Changing of the guard at the flagpole
Fisherman's Bastion
Matthias Church
Budapest Parliament building
Baumkuchen

Although we did not get to see much in the short time, we really liked the city right away. It is rich in cultural buildings, very clean and offers some great views of the Danube and its banks. Taxis and buses are very modern, but the trams seem to roll on the rails probably for 20 years already.