Having only briefly passed through the city on my way to Budapest, I arrived back into Prague’s Hlavna station onboard the Hungaria from Bratislava, with a couple of nights stay planned in the city to explore. Known as the ‘Golden City’ or the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, the historic centre of Prague has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.
After a packed stay in Bratislava, it was time to head back to Hlavna station to start the final leg of my trip. Heading to Prague for the final couple of nights of the trip, this leg was starting with a four-and-a-half-hour journey across Slovakia and Czechia onboard the Hungaria.
Located on the border between Bratislava’s new and old towns, Hlavna station is the city’s (and possibly Slovakia’s) most important railway station with direct connections to Austria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and the rest of Slovakia. I arrived into the station just after 1800 onboard the EC272 from Budapest.
After less than 36 hours in the Hungarian capital and a day of aviation geekery that didn’t quite go to plan, I was back at Nyugati station ready to take the second international train of the trip, the Metropolitan from Budapest to Bratislava in 2nd class.
Having travelled from Prague on the Metropol Sleeper, I arrived into the stunning Budapest Nyugati station about eight in the morning. With under 48 hours in the Hungarian capital, I had limited time to explore and so the first task was to find somewhere to dump my bag.
As part of my stay in the Hungarian capital I had intended to visit the Budapest Aviation Cultural Centre, an aviation museum located adjacent to the airport and so travelled out of the city centre to the Ferihegy district. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to check the museum’s opening times and so, having found it closed, decided to make the most of my trip to the airport and do some spotting.