When we cross the border from Romania to Hungary we’re asked to move over to the side while the officials deal with our passports and the bike’s registration papers. It doesn’t take long before a border guard comes over and says ‘welcome and goodbye’ as he hands the paperwork back to Brian.
I change some money and buy the ‘vignette’, a form of road tax. The bike’s rego has to be recorded. The Australian accent is a bit much for the young land filling out the paperwork so we have to write down the rego of the bike.
It doesn’t take long until we are in the capital, Budapest – a city in two parts. Buda on the hill and Pest on the flat, divided by the magnificent Danube River.
Our hotel is under the citadel where the statue of peace stands high above the city. We get great views of the city from up here and it’s an amazing place to watch the sunset.
We both love a river trip so a cruise on the Danube is a must. To see a city from the water is always something special and Budapest is no different. It’s the best way to see so many buildings, especially the Parliament.
In town we walk the streets and find a fantastic food market selling goulash (of course), sausages (of course) and beer (of course).
Budapest has so many wonderful buildings, like St Stephen’s Church.
And Heroes Square.
In Budapest’s Castle area is more like a small town in its own right with hotels, restaurants the stunning Fisherman’s Bastion,
St Matthias’ Church
And the castle itself, which is now a series of museums.
We’ve raced through Eastern Europe in the past few weeks, but this journey is very weather dependent so we need to press on to make sure we get to complete our planned ride before the weather turns against us.
Next stop – Austria.