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.
Budapest’s metro rocks!
First order of business… score some Forints ($1US ~ 250 Forint) and buy a five day metro pass.
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.
A typical breakfast.
The Hungarian Parliament Building, one of the most gorgeous pieces of architecture anywhere.
These guys are good!
Hungarian Pinot Noir
Soviet Obelisk, commemorating the “liberation” of Budapest from the Nazis by the Red Army.
Monument to Imre Nagy.
Czirke leves (chicken soup)
Changing of the Guard.
Hungarian flag with the Soviet hammer and sickle removed.
Pálinka (Hungarian fruit brandy)
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…
…and horrific violence…
Memorial to those brave Hungarians killed during the 1956 uprising.
Hurka (liver sausage) for lunch.
The cave chapel
…that showcases photographs of the destruction…
…. during World War II.
Gulyas Leves (Goulash)
Czirke Paprikas (chicken with paprika and dumplings)
A sign of hope… A simple plea for peace and tolerance from a twelve-year old.
Palacsinta (Hungarian crepes) for dessert
…and retribution in the aftermath.
The Basilica of Saint Stephen, the founder and patron saint of Hungary.
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.
Saint Stephen’s hand
Many freedom fighters were interrogated, tortured, or killed in this very building.
First McDonald’s behind the Iron Curtain.
WIth my friend, Tundi.
Tree of Life
The Great Synagogue is the largest in Europe…
… and is a memorial to over 400,000 Hungarian Jews exterminated by the Nazis.
Visit the barracks, where there is a small museum.
… a fitting junkyard for Soviet era statues and propaganda.
A fascinating and disturbing window into the nature of totalitarianism.
And watch the Soviet spy training film.
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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