Visiting the Pest side of Budapest

Every trip brings back memories of special places, people, food and unique experiences and Budapest is no exception. While visiting there I was surprised and how much the city had returned to its former glory.

Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, Budapest was largely rebuilt after its devastation during World War II and under communist rule.

Chain Bridge in the Pest side of Budapest, Hungary

Chain Bridge

During World War II, all of the bridges connecting the Buda side and the Pest side of Budapest were destroyed. These and many other parts of the city, while once bombed, have been lovingly rebuilt to the same specifications of the original buildings, bridges and other architectural structures. The chain link bridge is no exception. Once built to connect these two merged cities, it represented a new beginning of this great city.

Budapest is also known throughout the world for its public baths, which are located on both sides of the river. The origin of the baths goes back to Roman times, when healing springs erupted through the earth.  In those times and now, visitors can relax in these soothing waters.

Parliament Building, Budapest, Hungary

Parliament Building

The iconic Parliament building was constructed for the Budapest, 1000 year anniversary celebration in 1896.

Originally the Buda side and Pest side were separate cities just across the Danube River from each other. One of the biggest differences easily viewed between these two areas is the typography. While the Buda pest side is very hilly, the Pest side is mostly flat and it’s where the working class settled. Today, this vibrant part of the city is home to the Parliament Building , many museums, cafes, restaurants, hotels, pastry shops, and more.

Great Market Hall, Pest side of Budapest, Hungary

Great Market Hall

This hall houses the food vendors on the main floor, where you can find a variety of fresh foods and several varieties of Hungarian paprika. On the second level, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase hand-made linens and other craft items lovingly made by local crafters and artists. For those looking for authentic items to take home, you’ll find a nice selection and food for a picnic, too!

Great Market Hall, Buda side of Budapest, Hungary

Dancers at Great Market Hall

The day we visited, a troupe of dancers, clad in traditional clothing, performed for us. What a fun surprise! You never know what you might discover on a vacation!

Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary

Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum houses a large collection of rare art and a fine collection of Egyptian art. Currently, the museum is closed for remodeling and will reopen in 2018. Masterpieces are on display at Hungarian National Gallery (in Buda Castle) during the renovation.

Vaci Street, Budapest, Hungary

Vaci Street

Ready for some upscale shopping? This street has it all!

Ethnographic Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Ethnographic Museum

To learn about life in earlier times in Hungary, visit this ethnographic museum. Here you’ll be able to discover how Hungarians lived, worked an prospered in the past.

Café Gerbeaud, Pest side of Budapest, Hungary

Café Gerbeaud

This famous café in business since the mid 1800’s, offers coffees and pastries as well as a bistro serving local specialties and delicacies over seen by a 1 star Michelin chef. Time to sit back and enjoy!

Have you visited Budapest? If so, what was your favorite memory? Feel free to comment below.