I left the imposing Buda Castle and continue to explore other parts of Castle Hill district. Located at the hilly bank of Buda side is a district packed with historic sights, this is after all the oldest part of Budapest dated back to medieval times. However, much of whatever historical was destroyed and rebuilt, no thanks to wars.
Still, I can feel some medieval vibe around these quieter cobblestone streets in this part of the city. Life up here seems much slower as compared to Pest…but don’t we all just like to get away from the hustle and bustle once in a while?
Perhaps the vehicle restriction helps to keep the serenity – only a handful of people who live or work here are allowed to drive in this area. Also exempted from the ban are the taxi, bus and those guests staying at Hilton Hotel.
I came across this funny monument which kinda made me go WTF. There’re names of Hungarian cities being engraved on it but I simply cannot comprehend the look.
Then a tour group came and their English guide asked about the resemblance. Penis!!! Someone shouted and all of us started laughing. She went on to explain that this was from the Russians and the top portion of the monument is not a dick head but a Russian Hat! Seriously?? LOL
Wandering around Buda Old Town
Next up’s the Trinity square at the central point of Buda Old town, named after the Holy Trinity Column.
Right across the column is Matthias Church (Mátyás Church), another iconic landmark of the old town, with its bright and beautiful Zsolnay roof tiles. Since its completion, this important church had hosted many royal coronations.
But it’s what behind the church that got me excited, and I’m talking about the Fisherman Bastion (Halászbástya). The unique-looking bastion and its white towers are truly pleasing to the eyes, small wonder why almost every postcard in Budapest will showcase some parts of Fisherman Bastion.
Fisherman Bastion of Budapest
There are different theories on how the bastion has gotten its name but that doesn’t really matter to me. All I know is that the beautiful fortification is a great place to enjoy great views of Danube and Pest side.
Then there’s the statue of King Stephen I on horseback.
And more pictures of Fisherman Bastion, I was reluctant to leave if not for the rain…
Thereafter, I wandered a little more around the beautiful Buda old town before hopping on to a bus to Széll Kálmán tér.