After the drive from Vienna with the quick stop in Bratislava we had reached Budapest. This was the home of our guide Betti so she was very excited to show us Hungary and it's beautiful capital.
The first stop we had in Budapest was Gellért Hill which is a 235 meter high hill over Budapest with a beautiful view of the city and the Danube. Gellért Hill was named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to death from the hill.
At the top of the hill is a citadel which was built after the 1848-49 Hungarian uprising by the Austrians. The hill was a strategic site for shelling both Buda and Pest in the event of a future revolt. At the end of the citadel is the Liberty Statue, a large monument erected by the Soviet Red Army to commemorate their victory in World War II.
Statue of St George killing the dragon on the citadel.
There was a small archery range and several of my group were interested in it. I think the girls were mostly interested in the guy demonstrating.
We loaded back onto the bus and headed into the city where we unloaded and walked to our hostel. We had a few hours of free time which I spent finding an ATM and getting out some Hungarian forints. There is about 200 forints to 1 Canadian dollar. I got 25000 forints out roughly $125 Canadian or 82 euros. After breaking my larger notes on some needed hand wipes, I headed back to the hostel and met up with everyone for dinner. We walked as a group through the main shopping areas of Budapest, slipping past eager advertisers hoping to lure us into their restaurants.
The dinner was to be at Fatal, a traditional Hungarian restaurant. Our trip leader Betti promised that there would be giant portions that we would barely be able to finish. We had the entire menu at our disposal but we could only order things under 3500 forints for our meal as it was included with the tour. We were in charge of our drinks. The menu was very large and we had a hard time deciding on what to get. I was tucked into a table with the very nice South African guys.