Buda Castle is very much like Prague Castle – in the sense that there isn’t an actual castle.
There are two ways get up the hill and reach the castle, walking (pah!) and the fabulous funicular railway.
The views from the top are incredible. I really had no idea just how beautiful Budapest is, especially the Danube.
I got there just in time to see the changing of the guard, which was rather entertaining and then had a mooch around, checking out all the old buildings.
By lunchtime, I was starving and wanted to try some proper Hungarian food. But all the restaurants and cafes I found were firmly in the tourist camp, All offering the same 3 course menus at the same price. In the end my rumbling stomach and appreciation of Tarnok’s brickwork, meant that I wandered in there.
I opted for Menu 1 at 3000 HUF or €10 – the inside was cheap, cheerful and very busy. The Goulash Soup was meaty and delicious, with just a little kick. It was a little oily, but that worked well with the basket of bread that came with it.
The second course was chickenpaprikash or paprika chicken with dumplings. It didn’t look at all like I thought it would; the dumplings especially were more like gnocchi than the suet dumplings you’ll find in a UK stew. The chicken was juicy and fell straight off the bone, the paprika sauce was nice and thick – not spicy, but had a very distinctive flavour to it.
Up next was a chocolate and almond type cake with cream, which I actually didn’t manage to finish as I was completely full 🙁
I’m really looking forward to cooking the Goulash Soup and Paprika Chicken myself, although I should have picked up some Hungarian Paprika while I was there… shall have to try to track some down!