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  • Day37

    Budapest: a religious and cultural day

    October 17, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    As already mentioned, we had missed out on seeing the Grand Synagogue on our first attempt because it was closed and wasn't due to reopen until 17 October. This being 17 October therefore, it remained our only opportunity to visit it before we set off for home.
    The Grand Synagogue is truly impressive, both from the outside, which we'd seen previously, and the inside. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Budapest and was certainly very busy when we arrived.
    They are very well organised, with guided tours in several major languages running every 30 minutes and included in the entry fee. We joined one such tour, with our guide being most informative about the building itself, its associated features and generally about Jewish history in Budapest during the 20th century. Afterwards we were free to wander round and take photos as we pleased. This, the biggest synagogue in Europe and the second biggest in the world, is certainly built on a grand scale and was well worth the effort to visit. Amazingly it survived the Second World War without substantial damage.
    However, the place where we spent the most time and which we found the most interesting was the information display about the Budapest ghetto, located in the basement of the building. The display contains a lot of written information and many photographs detailing the horrible circumstances leading up to the creation of the ghetto and the brutal treatment of its inhabitants by the Germans and more particularly by many fellow Hungarian citizens. It was good to see that many tourists were taking the time to visit this display and to study it closely.
    After grabbing a quick sandwich we decided to go all Roman Catholic and visit the St Stephen's Basilica. It dominates the skyline in the downtown Buda area and certainly looks very impressive from the square in front. It is the biggest church in Budapest, accommodating up to 8500 people. It is named after the first king of Hungary and one of its main claims to fame is that it holds as a relic the right hand of St Stephen himself. The hand is on prominent display in a reliquary, though unless one were told, it would be hard to work out exactly what the object was that was being displayed. Amazingly this was one place where it was possible to simply walk in without having to buy a ticket.
    Our next port of call was the Hungarian Opera House, also nearby. More bad news. Both the auditorium and the exterior are currently undergoing renovation, with a scheduled completion date of 2021. Tours were still being run, but much of the building was off-limits. As a consolation they were offering a free short concert after the tour.
    What we saw of the building was indeed impressive, though we were disappointed that we could not get to see the auditorium. Compared with the Palais Garnier, the place seemed quite small, but the explanation for this lies in its history. The Austrian Franz Joseph, granted permission for the opera house to be built, but only on condition that it was not to be bigger than the Vienna Opera House.
    The consolation prize concert consisted of three operatic duets given by a soprano and a tenor with piano accompaniment. It ran for about 15 minutes. They performed on the landing of the main staircase while the audience members stood on the upper level and watched or simply sat on the staircase.
    This was our last night in Budapest and indeed the very last night of our holiday. We spent it having a very relaxing pleasant meal with Brian's cousin Panni at an outdoor restaurant close to her place. She was having to start work early the next morning so it wasn't a late night.
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    I'm going to miss your blogs. They are much better reading than following Brexit. :-) BW

    10/18/19Reply

    Enjoy following your trip

    10/18/19Reply

    Bugger! Now I will have to be content with reading the usual crap that comes along on facebook. Ian

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  • Day2

    Pizza und Bier auf der Donau

    February 17, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Mit der App "GetYourGuide" haben wir im voraus eine Schifffahrt auf der Donau gebucht. Highlight war Pizza und Bier (all you can drink) während der 75 minütigen Tour. Da wir vorgebucht hatte, konnten wir als erstes auf das Boot und hatten einen coolen Fensterplatz. Die kleine Runde auf der Donau war OK, die Pizza kam mit einem Pizzaboten nach der Hälfte der Zeit. Dann zurück zum Hotel, uff die 30.000 Schritte haben wir heute geschafft.Read more

  • Day4

    Stadtrundfahrt

    September 21, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Da wir nicht allein unterwegs sind, haben wir heute in Budapest eine der organisierten Stadtrundfahrten gebucht. Auf die Art bringt uns ein Bus den Berg hoch 😉. Zuerst fährt der Bus kreuz und quer durch Pest - die Hälfte der Straßen ist gesperrt, weil Samstag ist - wir sehen die verschiedenen Brücken, die weiße Elisabeth-Brücke (Sissi!), die Kettenbrücke mit den Löwen, die Margarethenbrücke. Gefühlt wissen wir am Ende alles über die 5-Sterne-Hotels von Budapest, die sich natürlich alle am Donauufer befinden. Dann geht es rüber nach Buda...Read more

    Monka Waldfee

    Casanova:"Ein Denkmal! Für mich!!!😻" Cash*grins, rollt die Augen*:"Jaja, er nu wieder.... Typischer Fall von Katerwahn"🙀😹

    9/22/19Reply
    Basti und Sina on Tour

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    9/22/19Reply
    Hase und Ritter on tour

    Er glaubt, er sei ein Löwe 🤣😻

    9/22/19Reply
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  • Day2

    Rundgang durch Pest

    February 17, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Nach den ersten Kilometern haben wir uns in einem originellen Cafe mit Kakao gestärkt. Es ging weiter Richtung Donau, vorbei am Liszt Ferenc Ter, einem kleinen Park mit vielen Cafes, dann zur Sankt Stephans Basilika, bis zum Parlamentsgebäude. Danach zur bekannten Kettenbrücke über die Donau und auf der Budaseite bis zur nächsten Brücke. Zurück auf die andere Seite zur Markthalle und dann zum Treffpunkt für unsere Donautour. Ein sehr schöner Tag mit platt gelaufenen Füßen.Read more

  • Day194

    Szechenyi Baths

    December 30, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ 🌙 -1 °C

    An entire day spent soaking in the thermal waters of the Szechenyi Baths. Planned from 1868, completed in 1913, the spa is a neo-Baroque landmark and feat of water engineering. There are a series of indoor pools of varying temperatures, saunas and 2 large outdoor pools where the water temp was around 30 degrees whilst the outdoor temp was hovering around 3-5 degrees. The steam rising up from the surface of the water gives everything a magical quality and that sunset just topped the day off perfectly.Read more

  • Day3

    Margareteninsel

    February 18, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Die Margareteninsel wurde uns schon im Vorwege als "must see" empfohlen. Da noch Zeit war und die Füße noch nicht völlig rund waren, haben wir uns entschieden, die Insel in voller Länge mitzunehmen und dann die U-Bahn zurück zum Zentrum zu nehmen. Alke hätte zwar gerne ein Fahrrad ausgeliehen, aber es ging auch zu Fuß. Der Park war sehr nett, hat sich echt noch gelohnt. Zurück im Zentrum gab es dann bei Jonas ein leckeres Bier. Nach dem Essen im jüdischen Viertel zurück zum Hotel, da waren es dann doch 29.500 Schritte. Uff, ich bin platt.....Read more

  • Day3

    Margaretaön

    March 15, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Daggpatrullen (dvs vi) gav sig av tidigt på söndagsmorgonen till friluftsområdet Margaretaön som ligger mitt i Donau mellan Buda och Pest. Det visade sig att Ungern har nationaldag idag vilket ger ett lite lugnare tempo i stan. Solen skiner och vi mår prima 🌞👍🏼💕Read more

  • Day195

    City Park Ice Skating - New Years Eve

    December 31, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    When we visited Budapest 5 years ago in Summer, we visited this park but the lake was drained and we only saw photographs of the frozen ice skating rink but we were captivated by these images and vowed to return to Budapest in Winter to ice skate here.
    There are over a 1000 people skating on the rink and it really is quite terrifying to begin with (particularly with no handrail anywhere to hold on to) but we were determined to be brave and get out there. It was a magical experience - we felt super proud of ourselves and we all managed to survive without injury.
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  • Day3

    Giornata a Pest

    February 24, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Oggi giornata dedicata alla visita del Parlamento: già alle 10:00 sold out! Ci dicono di prenotare online per domani, ma sono rimasti solo 5 posti alle ore 8 di domattina. Rinunciamo e ci spostiamo a vedere la chiesa dedicata al patrono, Santo Stefano. Poi facciamo una visita alla Sinagoga più grande d'Europa (fino a non molto tempo fa lo era del mondo, ma ora quella di New York l'ha superata). Molto interessante; avevo visto la sinagoga di Gerusalemme, ma questa sembra piuttosto un teatro. E a questo scopo viene usata.Read more

    Laura Fornoni

    Che bel sole!!!

    2/24/20Reply
    Daniela Benedetti

    Reliquie di S. Stefano

    2/29/20Reply
    Daniela Benedetti

    Chiesa dedicata a S. Stefano, nonché duomo principale di Budapest

    2/29/20Reply
    Daniela Benedetti

    Stanchi ma felici!

    2/29/20Reply
     
  • Day2

    Pest und ein bisschen Buda

    February 17, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    Heute haben wir bei frühlingshaftem Februarwetter den Pester Teil der Stadt Budapest erkundet. Vom Hotel am Hauptbahnhof ging es von einer Sehenswürdigkeit zur nächsten oder besser von einem Cache zum nächsten. Am Anfang haben wir den Stadtpark (Stadtwäldchen) besucht. Dann entlang der Andrássi út, der Prachtstraße, vergleichbar mit der Champs Élysées (sagt der Reiseführer, naja) entlang zur Donau und dann zum Parlamentsgebäude.Read more

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