Wintertime Bargains in Budapest

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On a drizzly mid-January evening, I stood at the arches of the wall of Buda Castle, overlooking the Danube and the 19th-century Chain Bridge that links Buda with Pest. Beyond the bridge, the mist turned the Hungarian parliament into a glowworm.

Looking across the Danube at the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest. Seth Kugel for The New York Times On a drizzly mid-January evening, I stood at the arches of the wall of

My friend Eliza Muto, who studies and lives on the Pest side and had joined me for the walk, told me that the spot where we were standing becomes a crowded cafe in the warm weather. In other words, if it weren’t winter, I’d have been waiting — and paying — for the same view. Worse, I’d be alone. In the summer, Eliza refuses to come to Buda at all: too many tourists.

Buda Castle, overlooking the Danube and the 19th-century Chain Bridge that links Buda with Pest. Beyond the […]

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