A Magical Moment In Budapest.

For me, travel is all about having those unforgettable “magical moments” that leave you awestruck and happy. Whether it be waking up really early to watch the sunrise in Costa Brava or walking through castle grounds in Prague on a snowy winter day, I absolutely live for these types of moments. They’re what inspires me to keep on travelling!

While in Budapest this month, I had an opportunity to stay at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in a room with a Danube view. Arriving earlier in the day, I already knew that from my balcony I could take in a panoramic view that included notable landmarks like the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle and Matthias Church but I had no idea what to expect when the sun set and darkness slowly settled over the city later that evening.

I was fortunate enough to be treated with this …

You can easily see why I love Budapest so very much! I can’t wait to return in June. And how about you? Have you ever had a magical moment like this?

* Disclosure – My stay at the Four Seasons was complimentary. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Founder of cherylhoward.com. Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. Looks like one heck of an amazing hotel room view and great photos. Lucky you.
    I’ve had some pretty amazing ones looking out my tent (yes even my tent) onto a beach on BC’s wild west coast; and from a lodge room in Botswana I was able to stare at an elephant six feet away; and even a so so room in Paris where I could stare down an alley and watch the local life.

  2. I was in Miyajima across the water from Hiroshima, Japan. It’s the island with the orange (torii) gate in the water. Anyways, I wondered off from the main pack and went up a gently sloping hill. When I finally got to the end of the complex I discovered a nice little Buddist temple. It wasn’t big by any means, but I’m pretty sure I was the only one of my group (and possibly the only person I’ll ever know) to have seen it. That was special!

  3. @Lei – Thanks! It is a moment I’ll never forget. All of your memorable views sounds fab! I can certainly appreciate a good view, esp from a tent when you’re so close to nature. 🙂

    @Ashley – Isn’t it a beautiful city? So romantic … and one I’ll keep returning to. I hope you get to Budapest someday soon and if you ever need tips, please let me know. 😉

    @Mark – That must have been a remarkable experience. Lucky you! I always love hearing about other people having joyous experiences when they’re on the road.

  4. I love Budapest. It’s a very underrated city and I don’t think it’s on the map for many people yet. It should be. The city, the Chain bridge, the baths – so much to see and do there. I think Hungary has one of the most unique histories and cultures of any country in Europe. Definitely worth a visit – I can’t wait to go back!

  5. @Jeremy – I think you are very right about Budapest. That place stole my heart from the start … and it keeps calling me back. It’s so pretty, so gritty all at once and for sure the history is rather intense.

    You should read this amazing book I have about the cultural history of the city, all about German, Turkish, Russian influences. It’s incredibly fascinating! If you want details, drop me a line. 🙂

  6. @A Montrealer Abroad – Thanks, I feel lucky to have had such an experience.

    Last September, I came out of Buda Castle around the same time of evening and had a view of Pest … but what did you know, my camera battery was dead. I cried sad and happy tears at the same time! Glad to have had a fully charged camera this time around. 🙂

  7. @Jeremy – It’s called “Europe in Budapest – A Guide To It’s Many Cultures”. Bills itself as an alternative tourist guide inviting people to learn how various cultures (Germans, Jewish, Roma etc) have defined the making of the city. Different perspective than you’d gain from the typical Lonely Planet or Eyewitness guide.

  8. Daaaaang, a view of the Danube?? And these photos are phenomenal, Cheryl! Like, seriously great.

  9. @Adam – Budapest is aaammmmazzzziiinnggg! You’ll love the hipster vibe. Wait till you check out the ruin bars and the baths. I’m sure we’ll never see you in Berlin again.

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