St. Stephans, so named for the patron saint of Hungary.

The Hungarian Parliament, three ways. The tour tickets were sold out, so sneaking a peek at the Crown Jewels will have to be another visit.

St. Matthias on the castle hill, the site of all Hungarian coronations.

The Chain Bridge, spanning the National Palace on one side, and the beautiful art nouveau Gresham Palace on the other.

Did you know that Budapest had the first underground public transportation system in continental Europe?  The Emperor Franz Josef attended the opening at this first station, Deak Ferenc Ter.

Public transportation is efficient and inexpensive. One can ride the trains, buses, and trams all day for approximately €5. In Vienna the same ticket will cost a tourist around €8.
A bouquet of winter berries that I bought from a kindly gentleman in the Metro.
I can only dream of having a Tesco in Austria. In Budapest they’re just a Metro stop or two away.

The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial in the Dohany Synagogue courtyard, celebrating the tens of thousands of Jews he helped save in Nazi-occupied Hungary.
Obuda (Old Buda), the first settlement of Buda, lies to the north of the castle complex. All that remains is the main square and Zichy Palace, home to the founders of Obuda, surrounded by soulless Cold War soaring monoliths.
Atop Castle Hill, beautiful buildings share streets with those bearing scars from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Tucked into the rock beneath castle hill is Budapest’s “Hospital in the Rock,” built within the cave system in 1943 as an emergency hospital during the WWII Siege of Budapest and the 1956 Revolution. The facilities were used as Cold War-era bunkers from 1962. Now the hospital is a museum, and touring was a highlight of our holiday. Unfortunately, photos were not permitted.
Heroes Square, with its iconic Seven Chieftans of the Magyars structures.

And finally, Pal Harrer, the man instrumental in bringing Buda and Pest together.