Budapest, Day 3, Part II

At the top of Gellért Hill, you'll find the Citadel. At 235 metres high, you get an amazing view of the city.

Overlooking Buda Castle

Overlooking Pest from Buda

There's also the Liberty Statue at the top of the hill, which was erected in 1947 in remembrance of the liberation of Hungary. As it was the Soviets who liberated Hungary from the Nazis, the statue was inscribed with thanks to them. However, after the revolution against Communism, the inscription was changed:

To the memory of all of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and success of Hungary.

After Gellért Hill we headed back over to the Pest side of the River Danube to have a look at the magnificent Parliament building. If you're an EU passport holder you can have a free tour, but unfortunately we didn't get time to do this. The exterior truly is magnificent though in all its Neo-Gothic splendour.

Opposite Parliament you'll find the Ethnographical Museum in the former Palace of Justice building:

As an Anthropologist I got really excited about this and insisted we went inside. Tickets are only 1000 HUF (about £3), but it was free entry when we got there - hurrah! There was an exhibition on how Hungarians perceive Finns, which involved a lot of Nokia phones. Randomly, Nokia used to make Wellington boots and tyres before they branched into telecommunications!

That evening we headed to the brilliant BOB (Bacardi Original Bar) for dinner where I had my yummiest meal in Budapest - an amazing rack of lamb, washed down with a gimlet.

Feeling very full and shattered after a day spent walking around in the blazing heat, we decided to end the day in the relaxing jacuzzi back at the hotel. It's what it's there for, right? x

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