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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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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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Colourful buildings lining the danube. These are found near Margit bridge, about 1km from the Parliament.

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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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Large sculptures situated at the columns holding the Margit Bridge. Similar ones are also found in the Chains bridge. They look to be 'gurading' angels since of their wings.

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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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This impressive building on the Pest side of Danube river is the Parliament (Országház). The building, which comprises of 691 rooms, immense halls and over 12.5 miles of corridors, has a central dome of 96-metres (precisely the same height as that of Szent István Basilica).

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The Parliament building, here seen from the Buda side of Danube river, was built for the millennium celebrations of 1896. The Imre Steindl design was only finished in 1902 (the year of his death). Inspired in part, by the Palace of Westminster, its white neo-gothic turrets and arches stretch for over 250 metres along the Danube embankment.

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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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Budapest Keleti (East) station is one of 3 major terminal stations in Budapest. This station serves trains running to the Eastern Europe as well as regional trains.

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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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From the 3 hotels we stayed in Budapest, my favourite one is the Leo Panzio. The most important advantage of the hotel is that it is situated exactly near a Metro underground station (Ferenciek Tere) as well as being very near to the popular pedestrian only street Vaci Utca. I and Malin were very lucky to have this room with a small balcony (seen in the photo) standing up about 10-12m high and looking over Eszerbet Bridge and Szabat Sajto street.

The hotel has nice rooms, and a friendly and multi-talented receptionist who said the he can do (used to work) some 5or 6 different jobs and was currentely studying latin dancing. He was very helpful and nice and I would like to greet him from here.

My very first impression of the hotel were actually not very good when I saw the scary-like outside of the huge building (as if Dracula lives inside!). The old style, cage-like lift also added up some more skepticism but when we arrived to the hotel floor, I completely changed my opinion!

A very good and non expensive hotel situated centrally near a Metro station.


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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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Portrait of Malin with the Parliament at the background.

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A dull building known as the house of Terror. It is a museum which gives an insight into Hungary’s turbulent recent history. Featuring the grim decades of Nazi and Communist repression, this new museum is housed in the former headquarters for the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist governments, an address that filled the heart of the average Hungarian with dread for the best part of 50 years. The museum has many memorable exhibits, and the atrium features a Soviet tank and a huge wall covered with portraits of the victims of this building. The stylish, high-tech exhibit is designed for Hungarians, but the English audio guide gives tourists the same powerful experience. This is the most expensive admission in Hungary, but it's still cheap by Western standards, and the experience is priceless for anyone with an affinity for Eastern Europe’s struggle for freedom under these brutal regimes. Though it was in our plans to visit this museum, it was a pity that we did not had enough time.

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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
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The most important traditional food in Hungary is the Goulash - which basically is meat soup spiced by their paprika.

We often took soup of Goulash as a starter at restaurants. The most elegantly served Goulash soup was in this restaurant, served in these red pots and kept warm on the table fire coming out from a platform just below the pot. You have to pour the soup in your plate while the remaining soup in the pot keeps warm. It was a large portion, however we tasted better Goulash soup in other restaurants (or maybe were getting used to the taste by now!)


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Holiday in Budapest, Hungary (Jun/06)
 Budapest  (Hungary) June 2006 -  Click on image to view a larger photo. (about 300kb)

A tasty Pizza and Hungarian Beer at a fine restaurant found at Buda, about 100m down from Matthias Church.

I promised the waiter to email this photo but I lost the email. If someone happens to know him please tell him to contact me via this website.





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