Straddling the Danube in the center of Hungary, Budapest has risen from the dark days of Nazi and Soviet occupation to blossom into a top notch travel destination. Her cuisine, art, music, architecture, language, and history will wrap you in a delicious mix of old world charm and modern comfort. For my taste, Budapest is a cozier, grittier version of Paris at one-third the price! Let’s go!
Having some fun at Heroes Square.
First order of business… score some Forints ($1US ~ 250 Forint) and buy a five day metro pass.
Budapest’s metro rocks!
The oldest line.
The newest line.
A campaign to celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Millennium Park, built to celebrate the 1896 Millennium of the founding of Hungary.
These guys are good!
The Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the most gorgeous pieces of architecture anywhere.
Changing of the Guard.
Memorial to those brave Hungarians killed during the 1956 uprising.
Hungarian flag with the Soviet hammer and sickle removed.
Monument to Imre Nagy.
Soviet Obelisk, commemorating the “liberation” of Budapest from the Nazis by the Red Army.
The cave chapel
A typical breakfast.
Hurka (liver sausage) for lunch.
Gulyas Leves (Goulash)
Czirke leves (chicken soup)
Hungarian Pinot Noir
Czirke Paprikas (chicken with paprika and dumplings)
Pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy)
Palacsinta (Hungarian crepes) for dessert
Gellert Hill, on the Buda side of the Danube, offers the most sweeping views of the city.
The Citadel is home to a war museum…
…that showcases photographs of the destruction…
…and horrific violence…
…. during World War II.
…and retribution in the aftermath.
A sign of hope… A simple plea for peace and tolerance from a twelve-year old.
The Basilica of Saint Stephen, the founder and patron saint of Hungary.
Saint Stephen’s hand
The Great Market Hall
The freshest food anywhere all under one roof.
The House of Terror, a memorial museum dedicated to the victims of the Nazi and Soviet regimes.
Many freedom fighters were interrogated, tortured, or killed in this very building.
The Great Synagogue is the largest in Europe…
… and is a memorial to over 400,000 Hungarian Jews exterminated by the Nazis.
Tree of Life
First McDonald’s behind the Iron Curtain.
WIth my friend, Tundi.
… a fitting junkyard for Soviet era statues and propaganda.
Visit the barracks, where there is a small museum.
And watch the Soviet spy training film.
A fascinating and disturbing window into the nature of totalitarianism.
Szimpla Kert, the most famous of the “ruin pubs”
No visit to Budapest would be complete without an evening of elegant relaxation at Szechenyi Bath.
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