TRIP REVIEWS & GUIDELINES:
THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS ARE FROM MY 24 HOUR WORK STOP OVERS.
Situated along the Danube River, and in the heart of the Carpathian basin, Budapest is made up of the suburban Buda and the Dynamic Pest. While Buda offers Roman ruins, castles and caves, Pest is home to riverside promenades, cafes, antique stores and flea markets. The city is uniquely known to be rich in thermal water.
Budapest Marriott Hotel. (Situated on the river with the best views of the river and the castle)
Walk the city on foot.
Subway Line - yellow line (UNESCO World Heritage)
Tram - line 2 (UNESCO World Heritage)
HUF (Forint) 350 pp one way
Danube River Cruise
1. Vaci Street (famous shopping street with cafes and restaurants - behind the hotel)
2. Chain bridge (cross the bridge by foot)
3. Buda Castle & Castle Hill (take the Fanicular or bus 16 to the top of the hill)
4. Fishermans Bastion (bronze equestrian statue of St. Stephen - 1st King of Hungary)
5. Matthias Chruch (Church of Our lady, completed in 1269)
6. Hospital in the Rock (WWII Bomb shelter & nuclear bunker cave complex)
7. Buda Castle (18th-century Palace: National Gallery and History Museum)
8. Parliament Buildings (Worlds 3rd largest parliament building)
9. St. Stephens Basilica (Cathedral, with panoramic views from its dome)
10. Shoes on the danube Bank Memorial (60 pairs of steel sculpted shoes commemorating Jews shot here by the Nazis during WWII)
11. Gellert Hill (Gellert Spa, Gellert Monument - Hungary's most famous saint, a Benedictine monk who died in 1046)
12. Citadella (Fortress - with Leberty Statue)
13. Heroes' Monument (36 meter column crowned by a figure of the Archangel Gabriel. Group of bronze horsemen representing the conquering Magyar Prince Arpad & six of his fellow worriors. Statues of Hungarian rulers stand between the individual pillars)
14. Ruin Bars (my favourite - Szimpla Kert)
15. Andrassy Avenue (Catch the UNESCO World Heritage yellow subway line from Vorosmarty ter - Hosok tere)
16. The Great Market Hall (famous food market with fruit, vegetables, salami, sausages, bon bons, paprika and goose liver pate, etc)
Menza Hungarian Restaurant (rated exeptional - must make a reservation. Try their famous goulash soup and beef stew with noodles)
Food and Drinks:
Langos (Yeast based dough deep fried in oil topped with sour cream & cheese)
Palinka (Traditional Hungarian fruit brandy - different fruits & flavours)
Venezia is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are seperated by canals and linked by bridges, of which there are 400. The islands are located in the shallow Venetian lagoon, an enclosed bay that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. The lagoon and part of the city are listed as a World Heritage Site.
Antony Palace Hotel, Marcon. (4-Star)
Take the Hotel Shuttle bus to Venice Piazzale Roma (bus terminal). EUR 6 pp one way.
Catch the Vaporetti (water bus) Line 1 from Venice Piazzale Roma to San Zaccaria.
EUR 7.50 pp one way.
Some top attractions:
1. Bridge of Sighs
2. Doge's Palace
3. Saint Mark's Basilica
4. Saint Mark's Camanile (Bell Tower) - Scenic lookout
5. Saint Mark's Clocktower
6. Piazza San Marco
7. Catch a Gondola Ride from Bacino Orseolo (EUR 40 pp - 30 minute ride) From this location you will ride through some of the small canals into the Grand Canal
8. Rialto Bridge
10. Santa Maria della Salute
11. Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
12. Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari