In November 2013, Doug and I began an AmaWaterways river cruise of the Danube starting in Budapest, Hungary. We had just flown in from Poland the day before where we had visited Bydgoszcz, Warsaw, and Krakow.
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In retrospect, I wish we had stayed in a smaller and more quaint hotel rather than the large ultra modern hotel that was suggested by the river cruise line. The Hotel Sofitel Chain Bridge Hotel in Budapest was stunning and comfortable but I would have enjoyed something more like The Grand Budapest (LOL) or a small “Hungarian style” boutique room. However, the Sofitel had a huge breakfast buffet that was delightful.
One of my favorite stops in Budapest was the Great Market Hall which is the largest indoor market I’ve ever seen and the largest in Hungary. It was built in 1897 and was damaged in WWII. It remained closed for many years. In the 1990’s it was fully restored to its original splendor. The market is 3 stories high and is over 10,000 square meters in size.
I wish we could have spent more time in Budapest and the rest of Hungary but we only had part of the day when we arrived and the next day to go on a whirlwind tour of the city.
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