People associate Europe with romance.
The beauty of walking ancient, narrow streets, driving twisty roads surrounded by spectacular cliffs and sailing rivers dotted with colorful towns fill our hearts with a unique kind of warmth. We get compelled to share those mesmerizing places with our soul mates.
And, since we are talking about romance, I have to mention the most romantic features in Europe: castles!
Even though many of these structures were built for defensive purposes, people associate them with love stories between knights and ladies, princesses and servants or masters and slaves.
While in Budapest, I got confirmation about the castles and romance relationship. As part of our bike tour around the city, we stopped by Vajdahunyad Castle.
There were about six parties taking wedding pictures. It was difficult to walk around without photo bombing their carefully arranged poses.
Grooms and brides aside, we became captivated by this place. We were not expecting such a grandiose structure to pop in an urban area. There were turrets, gates, moss covered walls and lots of flowers. There was a combination of several elements that work well towards creating certain aesthetic that your eye wants to keep watching.
Vajdahunyad Castle was built in Budapest’s City Park as part of the millennial exhibition which celebrated the 1,000 years of Hungary since the conquest of the Carpathian basin in 895. The castle was designed to feature copies of several landmark buildings from different parts the Kingdom of Hungary, especially the Hunyad Castle in Transylvania (the country lost the area after World War 1).
As the castle contains parts of buildings from various time periods, it displays different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908. Today, it houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, the biggest agricultural museum in Europe.
The same day we took the bike tour, we returned to the castle when the sun was setting. The change in light made the entire place even more loving. This was not a product of my imagination. Many couples were holding hands while walking the forested grounds.
We succumbed to the peer pressure and shared a kiss or two while walking around. I am telling you, these places are an invitation to romance in all the sense of the word!
- To get to the Vajdahunyad Castle, take the Millennium metro line from the city center. Get down at Heroes Square and walk right when you find yourself in front of the big monuments (there are signs pointing the right way)
- A visit to the castle can be combined with other attractions located in the City Park. Make sure to stop by the Szechenyi Bath (you can take a peek inside even if you are not getting in).
Have you visited the Vajdahunyad Castle? What is the most romantic place you have been?
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