Budapest Tour

After our concert today, we had an excellent guided tour of Budapest. Our guide, Nóra Hajdú, was very informative and told us a lot about Hungarian history in general and sites around Budapest in particular. Nóra also accompanied us on our Danube dinner cruise and had lots of fascinating information to offer about the buildings we passed as well as Hungarian culture  (not to mention, she learned English in Scotland, so she spoke excellent English with a charming and distinctive Scottish accent). If you’re ever in Budapest and looking for a great tour guide, look Nóra up! The two stops on our tour were Heroes’ Square and Castle Hill. Budapest is a combination of two cities, Buda and Pest, and our two stops took us to both sides of the Danube.

Heroes’ Square is a large, open plaza near the city center in Pest with a huge monument in the middle commemorating the original settlers of Hungary, who came from Siberia, and two large colonnades flanking it with statues honoring great figures from Hungarian history. The monuments, like many edifices in Budapest, were built in the late 19th century during the time of Hapsburg rule. 1896 marked the 1000 year anniversary of the first settlement of Hungary, so a number of important buildings date to around that time. Today the square was sunny, bright, and over ninety degrees, so it was a beautiful day, but hot.

Heroes' Square in Budapest

Heroes’ Square in Budapest

Choir members Sue G., Gail, and Shelley having lunch in a Hungarian cafe

Choir members Sue G., Gail, and Shelley having lunch in a Hungarian cafe

The second stop on our tour was on the Buda side. On Castle Hill, we saw the Matyas Church, named for a very popular medieval Hungarian king, which is much older than St. Stephen’s and has a colorful tiled roof. Right behind Matyas church is an impressive, mostly outdoor structure called the Fisherman’s Bastion, from which you can get a great view across the Danube.

Allan, our director, cools down by a fountain while listening to our tour guide on Castle Hill in Budapest

Allan, our director, cools down by a fountain while listening to our tour guide on Castle Hill in Budapest

Back view of Matyas Church, Budapest

Back view of Matyas Church, Budapest

Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest

Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest

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3 Responses to Budapest Tour

  1. Linda Metz says:

    Thanks so much for this wonderful blog… I feel like I’m almost there with ya’ll! This is great to read and see. Much much apprec! Linda

  2. Katie says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Linda! We miss you and wish you were here!

  3. Linda Metz says:

    I must be on jet lag with ya’ll, up at 3 a.m. watching these fantastic videos! You sounded so wonderful!!!!! Ensemble, pitch, dynamics, tone, it’s all so solidly there. Huge congratulations to all of you for making us so proud! And thanks so much for letting those of us State-side tag along in this way. It really was a blessing to participate even from afar. Hugs all around, and much love, Linda