My final day in Budapest was more of a quick tour. I do not really like rushed explorations however it is better to explore rather than do nothing at all. Personally, I would have spent at least a week in the city.
The whirlwind walking exploration started along the banks of the Danube. The “Shoes on the Danube” is a memorial for the Jews who were shot at the edge of the river during World War II. The memorial signifies the shoes that they have taken off before they were killed. I felt extremely sad that people were oppressed just because they had different faith and culture while at the same time, I’m also grateful to the freedom we have today.
I took the train to go to the Heroes Square next. The landmark features the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars and important national leaders, including those who ruled during the Habsburg dynasty. The figures from Habsburg dynasty have been replaced when the square was damaged during war.
The loop ended with a visit to St. Stephen’s Basilica. I ate lunch in an outdoor market before catching the bus back to Prague.