I have so much to write from my recent trip to Europe, that even after writing a dozen stories, it looks like I’ve just scratched the surface of it. Sure two months was a good amount of time to get an idea of what travelling in Europe is like, but it was sure not enough — especially if you want to understand the culture and history of a place.
And when we’re talking about places like Budapest, things become even tougher — for Budapest, and Hungary at large, has a rich history associated to it. However, during a total of 7 day period (the time I stayed in Budapest), I still managed to learn a bit about it, even if from a very shallow perspective. So I thought of putting up at least one pictures post on Budapest where I can tell some stories via the pictures. Here you go…
A view of the city divided by the River Danube. Pest on the right side and Buda on the left. These two cities were merged to form the Hungarian capital Budapest.
Which looks something like this, from the Gallert hill, in the evening.
The Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest – one of the oldest legislative buildings in Europe. It was built in 1904.
One of the many monuments representing the time of World War, Anarchy and the social revolution in Hungary.
The statue of US president Ronald Regan at Liberty Square… honoring the man that many Hungarians credit with for ending communist rule in their country.
A street overlooking Budapest’s St. St. Stephen’s Basilica.
The (almost) 100 meter high dome of St. St. Stephen’s Basilica. If you get to visit only one church in Budapest, let it be this one. Awesome stained glass windows and breath-taking dome.
The popular Jewish quarter, where streets were walled off and turned into a ghetto during WWII. Today, it’s a popular tourist trail with a number of synagogues, old stores, workshops and the many colorful streets.
The Great Market Hall. An ideal place to shop for souvenirs and eat the local delicacies. Built in 1897, the place still serves as Budapest’s largest and oldest indoor market.
The memorial of Shoes on the Danube Promenade in honor of the Jews killed after ordered to take off their shoes and walk along the river, so that they can be shot down, and their shoes could be reused, during the World War II.
The popular Boldog Fountain. Perhaps some of the most interesting water fountains I have seen in my life. These jets were motion sensitive so you could walk through them and not get wet. It was symbolic to being caged though.
One of the many beautiful white tiled underground metro stations in Budapest on the UNESCO World Heritage metro line M1.
The M4 Underground Metro line is also worth exploring for its architectural marvel. Almost every station on M4 takes you through an awesome Psychedelic trip with its perfectly symmetry and repetitions.
Continue planning your trip to Budapest with these two guides:
I visited Budapest under a blogging assignment with BudapestTourism. Though my tour in the city was partly hosted by them, all the recommendations and ideas are solely personal. I only recommend what I personally see and like.