We caught the underground a few stops from our campsite into the centre. As we only had a day to see Budapest we decided to buy (for the first time) a hop on/off bus ticket to get us around the city quicker. So we ‘hopped’ on the bus which took us up Andrassy way to the heros memorial, the park and the two art galleries, one of which had an exhibition called ‘European Travellers’!! We would have loved to have gone in but sadly didn’t have time. Back on the bus, we headed down to the river, crossed over the bridge and to Buda where we got on an old funicular that took us up to the old part of the town, we saw the old baths and Matthias cathedral, with the most amazing roof!
We found some cider for the first time since Switzerland so sat and drank that in the square, then ‘hopped’ (!) back on the bus up to the Citadella, where there were fab views of the city and then back down to the river. The bus pass also included a ferry ride so we boarded the river boat that took us up the Danube to the island. The sun was out and the cider had left us with a bit of a festival vibe so we had a couple of Hungarian beers on the boat and turned it into our own little booze cruise!! Back on dry land we wondered through Pest, down the shopping streets which led us randomly into a manic book festival, hundreds of people queuing up to get books signed by Hungarian authors! We joined a road that led us back to the underground and made our way home. As we were walking back people were beginning to come out for the evening, the parks and squares were buzzing with people chatting and drinking, we didn’t want to leave!