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