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