The city of Budapest actually started as two cities, Buda and Pest, located across from each other on the Danube River.  Buda Castle sits high on a hill, providing great views of both sides of the city.  The castle now houses the Budapest History Museum (which we didn’t go into).  We did walk along the top of the hill to St. Matthias Church (unfortunately closed for renovations) and the Fisherman’s Bastion — where we sat in a cafe and listed to a group of musicians playing gypsy music.

Buda Castle viewed from the Pest side of the city.

Buda Castle viewed from the Pest side of the city.

Lions guard this bridge, built in 1820, across the Danube River.

Lions guard this bridge, built in 1820, across the Danube River.

The tiled roof of St. Matthias Church

The tiled roof of St. Matthias Church

Fisherman's Bastion

Fisherman's Bastion