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PHOTO GALLERY:
Budapest - Jun 2006


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Photogallery about our 5 days holiday in Budapest - the capital city of Hungary (30May-5Jun 2006). Budapest is a very large capital city with large and highly decorated building lining most of the streets of the central area. There are numerous impressive sites, churches, park squares, many museums and statues to keep the tourist and his camera busy. It is rather impossible to visit them all in a week. The transport system is very efficient for the 2 million inhabitants of Budapest - there is a fast underground metro, and efficient trams and buses at very cheap fares.

The most impressive sites are the Fisherman's Bastion including Mathias Church and small old village it withholds, Chains Bridge over the Danube river, the Castle, the majestic Parliament, the Jewish Synagogue, Saint Stephen (Istvan) Basilica, and a peaceful walk around Margit island. As far as I noticed, only Vaci Utca (Vaci Street) is for pedestrians only and it is also the most busy and popular street in Budapest with many shops, 2 nice parks, Cafeteria, some restaurants and of course lined by characteristic distinct decorated buildings side by side that literally, each deserves a photo for its own!

Restaurants are not concentrated in one area, and so, you have to walk a lot to have visited say 5 to choose from. The central ones are rather expensive compared to the living standards of Hungary but on the whole they have 'okay' prices for the pockets of many tourists. However there are several excellent restaurants with relatively cheap prices scattered around Budapest.


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Budapest2006-00 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
The much awaited day has finally arrived. We are here standing near the AirMalta Airbus aeroplane, seconds before leaving to our holiday in Budapest on the afternoon of the 30th of May 2006.

Budapest2006-01 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
A typical single photo that shows most important part and sites of Budapest taken from the Castle at Buda side. Here one can see the Parlament, Chains Bridge and several large building of which detail will be seen in the next photos. Nice cloud formation after few hours of sunshine (Sunday 5th June)

Budapest2006-02 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
Portrait of Malin with St. Stephen Basilica and the Chains Bridge (over the Danube River) at the background. From these photo one can already notice that we did not have lots of sun.

Budapest2006-03 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
A beautiful photo of the Danube splitting Buda at the right and Pest at the left, joined by the Chains Bridge which is the most famous and important of the 7 bridges in Budapest. This photo is taken from Gellert Hill.

Budapest2006-04 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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One characteristic in Budapest (and other Eastern or ex-Soviet countries) is the numerous huge and highly decorated building that there are, sometimes standing side by side along an entire road. This is today the Four Seasons Hotel (5+ star) situated just opposite the Chains Bridge at Pest side.

This is also known as Gresham Palace which is Acclaimed as one of The Finest Examples of Art Nouveau Architecture In Central Europe. With the original details now breathtakingly restored - including sweeping staircases, stained glass, mosaics, ironwork and soaring wintergardens - Four Seasons has renovated this architectural jewel as a grand vintage Hotel with 21st Century infrastructure.



Budapest2006-05 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
This is Parizsi Udvar, an elegant and decorated building found near Ferenciek Tere, also near our hotel - leo Panzio.

Although not the bustling place it once was, this elegant shopping arcade (designed by Henrik Schmahl in 1913) is well-worth a visit, particularly as it's just around the corner from Váci utca. The building, which was originally commissioned by a savings bank, contains motifs, mosaics and ornaments of every description, with fragile and intricate woodwork forming part of the roof structure. Although criticized at the time for being too garish, it's a far cry from the bleak functionality of today's Budapest malls.

 



Budapest2006-06 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
Two large, identical buildings at the opening of Elisabeth bridge (Erzsebet hid) a few meters away from Ferenciek tere. These somehow remind me of Lord of the Rings.

Budapest2006-07 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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I must say that I have a softer spot for Buda part rather than Pest. This is a photo of Buda showing the main attractions - The Royal Palace (in green) and the Fisherman's Bastion which holds a small old village (for pedestrians only) and the wonderful Mathias Church with its tall grey and highly decorated and sculptured tower. One can also see thousands of houses scattered in Budapest Mainland and the TV tower far at the back.

Budapest2006-08 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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One of the most visited sites in Budapest is undoubtfully the Parlament of Hungary, which looks like the palace of London. This is situated on Pest side at the Danube bank. At the background there are more flat-apartments, houses and further away from the centre, smaller cottages.

Budapest2006-09 :
Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)
One of my favourite photos is this night shot of Chains bridge which is lighted up and gives the beautiful site. Up at the back there is Gellert Hill and the statue of Liberty.




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