We arrived at the huge Keleti rail station, where just a couple of weeks ago, migrants were sleeping wall to wall on the spacious underground floors. Not an obvious migrant in sight, as most have since moved on to Austria and Germany or others have been denied entry into Hungary by thousands of troops and hundreds of miles of barbed wire.
Our apartment was located in Pest, maybe a 20 minute walk to the city center. And we walked on Tuesday after arrival, some 8 miles, seeing the usual sights, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the highest building in the city; the Buda Castle overlooking the old city, the Danube River and its many bridges; the striking Parliament building; a holocaust memorial; and many magnificent other buildings including the Gresham Palace, which had been an insurance headquarters and is now a luxury Four Seasons Hotel.
Since we were last hear, they have added seasonal ferris wheel, Budapest Eye, Europe’s largest that can take 332 passengers in its 42 cars.
And, besides, from our observation, being one of the few major tourist cities in the world that has so few English speaking people, Hungary has its own currency, the Florin, which makes it desirable to use credit cards as much as possible.