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