Still hanging on those stairs?
When we finally reached the top of those stairs we saw…
A steeple. But wait, it gets better. We turned around and saw:
We were wowed by the view. But our amazement was premature. Little did we know if we kept walking, we would see one of THE best views.
The steeple turned into a church.
The Matthias Church to be exact.
What we didn’t know at the time was what the Matthias Church was. We found out later that this church, along with the Fisherman’s Bastion, are #7 and #2 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 in Budapest list. The Matthias Church (in Hungarian: Mátyás-templom) is a Gothic style Roman Catholic church that was built in the 1015, rebuilt in the 14th century, and later restored in the 19th century.
This church is located in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion:
This Bastion (Halászbástya) has 7 towers, 4 of which are pictured, that represent the 7 Magyar tribes that settled in the late eight hundreds. It is located on Castle Hill on the Buda side and overlooks the Danube.
And what a view it was.
We were just out for a stroll and had NO IDEA all those steps would lead to this breathtaking view. It was cloudy so our view was hindered, but I can only imagine how far you could see on a clear day!
The Bastion and and the church weren’t the only things to explore on Castle Hill.. with a name like that there must be a castle here somewhere. So we set out exploring to find the castle.
We soon grew hungray (pun intended) and changed our course: food first, castle later. We came across one of my new favorite places in all of Budapest – Tárnok Cafe & Bier.
The food was delicious, the service was marvelous, and the prices were exceptional. But more on the at later. Keep your eyes peeled for a Hungry in Hungary post.