Churches and Synagogues
St. Stephen’s Cathedral dominates the surrounding buildings and also features a lovely square with great people watching (plus wine and gelato!)
St. Stephen’s Cathedral from the Bastion
St. Stephen’s Cathedral from the square
The fees were a bit high to enter the Dohany Street Synagogue so we simply admired the exterior and continued on our way.
Dohany Street Synagogue – gorgeous and intricate brickwork
Holocaust Memorial at the synagogue
In the courtyard of the Fisherman’s Bastion you find yet another lovely church.
Matthias Church – note the multi-hued tile roof
Ok, not a church, but this steep, winding street does lead to the tomb of a famous dervish(!) Gul Baba.
view up Gul Baba street
fountain at the Gul Baba tomb
We headed to this section of town to visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Széchenyi Baths. The museum was ok but oddly not climate controlled which seems to be taking a toll on some of the art work. The interior is quite interesting though.
Just outside of the museum is the imposing Heroes’ Square.
A short walk across the park lead us to one of the famous baths. This was definitely the most frustrating and frankly boring touristy thing we did in Budapest. It is quite expensive to enter, towel deposits are a pain, and given the number of people it is not all that relaxing… we’d vote this one overrated for sure.
Széchenyi Baths – the pools inside are warmer and filled with even more people…