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Gellért Hill

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  • Day3

    Der letzte Tag 2018 - Part Two

    December 31, 2018 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    ...des letzte Event des Tages, eine Bootstour auf der Donau und zwar bei Nacht. Unbedingt machen, wenn es euch nach Budapest verschlägt. Ich habe zwar schon den einen oder anderen nächtlichen Bummel an der Donau gemacht, die Tour auf dem Wasser ist nochmal ganz besonders. Zur Einstimmung auf den Jahreswechsel gab es auch noch einen Sekt für alle an Board. Ich habe mich für die einstündige Tour entschieden, weil ich Mitternacht wieder von Bord sein wollte. Man kann auch eine ganze Silvesterparty auf einem Schiff buchen oder eine Dinnertour. Das Böötchen ist an allen großartig beleuchteten Highlights am Donauufer vorbei getuckert, unter den Brücken hindurch, die natürlich auch kunstvoll angestrahlt werden, einmal um die Magareteninsel (für einen Besuch auf der Insel hatte ich leider zu wenig Zeit) herum und auf der anderen Donauseite zurück.
    Nach Ende meiner Tour war es 21:00 Uhr und ich bin erstmal ins Hotel zurück, um Ballast abzuwerfen, wollte die Kameraausrüstung nicht dabei haben. Bevor das Jahr 2018 sich verabschiedet habe ich mir noch ein kleines Abendmahl gegönnt und bin dann Richtung Kettenbrücke, um mir einen Platz für das Feuerwerk zu suchen.
    Solche Straßenpartys wie in Barcelona oder Edinburgh hat Budapest nicht. Es gibt kleine Straßenfeste, viel spielt sich bei den Ungarn aber in den heimischen vier Wänden oder in Bars und Restaurants ab.
    Aber an dem Tag gab es überall an jeder Ecke bis zum abwinken Glühwein. Und der ist richtig lecker, nicht so süß, im offenen befeuerten Kesseln, mit Gewürzen und Orangenscheiben. Dort haben mich dann auch die beiden Jungs angesprochen, mit denen ich dann die Wartezeit bis zum Feuerwerk überbrückt habe.
    Manuel und Manuel, die hießen beide wirklich Manuel, das war schon der erste Lacher. Manuel aus Brasilien und Manuel aus Spanien, wollten von mir wissen, ob das der perfekte Platz für das Feuerwerk ist. Tja, ich weiß es doch auch nur vom Hörensagen, da es aber immer mehr Menschen wurden, haben wir dann vermutet, das muss der perfect place sein.
    Angestoßen wurde mit Glühwein und dann das Feuerwerk... mmmhhh. Ja es gab eins, aber sehr bescheiden wurden zwischen Gellértberg und Heldenplatz ein paar Raketen gestartet. Wir haben dann immer noch auf den großen Knall gewartet... da kam aber nichts mehr, außer ein paar Privatinitiativen. Private Feuerwerke sind in der Silvesternacht von 18:00 Uhr bis morgens 06:00 Uhr erlaubt, hatte mir Anna bei der Führung erzählt. Aber selbst das war sehr verhalten und kein Vergleich zu dem, was man in Deutschland in den Himmel schießt.
    Entschädigt hat der toll beleuchtete Anblickt der beiden Donauufer.
    Zurück im Hotel habe ich den Rest der Party noch mitbekommen und bin mir sicher, die richtige Entscheidung getroffen zu haben. Hatte sowieso keine Garderobe dafür mit ;-).

    Am Morgen, als ich zum Frühstück war, waren alle Spuren der Party beseitigt. Da waren wohl einige die ganze Nacht fleißig. Ein Besuch im Thermalbad war heute leider nicht möglich, da dieses erst um 11:00 Uhr öffnete und ich musste ja noch nach Hause.

    Nach dem Frühstück habe ich einen letzten Blick über die Donau geworfen und habe dann mein Auto wieder eingesammelt. Auch der Weg nach Hause war staufrei. Nur die Sonne ist in Budapest geblieben.

    Fazit: Ich muss da noch mal hin! Habe leider nicht alles gesehen, was auf meinem Plan stand. Auch wenn der Silvesterabend nicht mit den beiden letzten Jahren zu vergleichen war, hat mir Budapest sehr gefallen und die Kombination mit einem Thermalbad-Besuch hat schon fast etwas von Wellnesswochenende.

    Es ist noch eine Frage offen - warum denn keine Fotos vom Thermalbad. Ich sag nur Feuchtraum, Wasser und so hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit sind der Feind meiner Kamera und meines Mobilephones.
    Die bekannten Thermalbäder in Budapest sind sehr alt, das Gellért feiert seinen 100. Geburtstag. Das Ambiente hat seinen Charme und das warme Wasser ist herrlich. Ich war immer sehr früh dort und es war ziemlich leer. Am Tag gab es an der Kasse schon mal Schlangen. Der Eintritt kostet 20€, als Hotelgast habe ich nur die Hälfte bezahlt und hatte die Bequemlichkeit, mich im Zimmer umziehen zu können. Wenn dieser Umstand anders gewesen wäre, dann hätte ich nur einen einmaligen Besuch geplant…. und im Schwimmbecken herrscht Badekappenpflicht 😱- sehr geil 😱. Kann man aber direkt vor Ort erwerben - schicke Gummibadekappe. Bei meinem nächsten Besuch in Budapest würde ich mal ein anderes Bad „testen“.
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  • Day2

    Budapest.

    August 23, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Nice statue. A lot of people, but really nice wiew.

  • Day2

    Segways are faster than feets

    August 23, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Alle Aufgaben in Budapest erledigt. Liege. Wieder im Mittelfeld !!

  • Day20

    Fake it til you pee

    January 1, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ 🌙 1 °C

    We stood in the street for midnight on NYE, to be specific, outside a concert hall (pictured in daylight in the last shot).

    The Hungarian approach to celebrating this seems to be either go and see a classical concert or sell any drunk bastard a truckload of fireworks and let them set them off, willy nilly, in the street, and bugger safety. Very entertaining but I'm sure someone has lost a finger.

    At 12 the concert hall had intermission so the very fancy attendees could stream outside, champagne in hand, to watch the festivities. I took the opportunity to try to blend in and sneak inside to use the loo and have a poke around. Some ladies spoke quite a lot of friendly Hungarian to me in the toilet queue which I did my best to respond to confidently to so as not to blow my cover. Some well placed eyebrow raising and sympathetic nods got me through. I got asked to take my seat in the concert hall but decided not to push my luck. Success.
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  • Day17

    Conquering the Danube

    December 29, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    River cruise, 10 euro, with a welcome drink - safe to say we were actively managing our expectations on this one, but it was great! Started at 4pm so we got to see the transition from day to dusk to dark, and how gorgeous the city is in each.Read more

  • Day7

    Budapest Burgberg

    August 23, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Über 400 Stufen und mehr 😥 bei über 30° C

  • Day198

    Night bathing at Rudas thermal spa

    January 3, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ -1 °C

    Tonight we drank a few coffees to stay awake for the 10pm to 4am night session at the Rudas baths.
    The original Turkish baths were built 450 years ago and it now has a panorama open air spa on the rooftop with gorgeous views along the River Danube and to the cliff face behind.
    It was so cold on the rooftop that the staff were scraping away the ice forming on the walkway but the temperature of the water in the spa was perfectly warm.
    The walk home in the early hours of the morning was freezing cold (minus 3 degrees) and foggy but the city buildings were still illuminated beautifully.
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  • Day19

    Buda and Pest... (A Tale of Two Cities)

    October 3, 2017 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    (busy couple of days and did not find much time for blogging. Currently at the airport on our way to Amsterdam and have some downtime)

    Today we woke up and were still sailing so there was no need to rush off for breakfast. I got dressed around 7:45 and went out to the top deck by myself to enjoy an early morning coffee. It was a very brisk morning and it woke me up quite quickly. The boat was just passing the final borders of Slovakia while I was up there. Headed downstairs for a leisurely breakfast and everyone else started to trickle in.

    The boat was set to arrive into Budapest around 11:30, so we had some time to relax / get a bit organized in our packing for tomorrow. After a bit of organizing in the room, Brooke and I took a much needed chillax moment and played some Pokémon together ☺️

    Closer to 11:00 we went over to the lounge and found Brett, Rae, and Mom. Turns out we missed a strudel making demonstration by one of the chefs. Mom said it was pretty cool, but that's all right, we can't do everything. There were still two pieces left so we got to taste it anyways.

    As we were nearing Budapest we went up to the top deck to take in the views of the city. The cruise manager Ibi who is from Budapest was on the mic pointing out everything and explaining some of the history. Then as we turned the corner to view the Parliament building, they had one of the butlers, Sandor, saber a bottle of champagne with a sword to commemorate our arrival. It was very cool! There was also blue prosecco for all the guests for the blue Danube. The view of the parliament building in Budapest is truly stunning! It is such a majestic building and is the centrepiece of the city.

    We went downstairs for a quick lunch. They were serving some classic Hungarian dishes as well as fresh cooked mussels! A lot of people know that I avoid shrimp mostly I've had a sensitivity in the past (last time was in Venice 6 years ago and it did not end well). Earlier this year in St. John's at the Brier I tried mussels and it sat perfectly fine. So I thought "all right, fresh cooked mussels, I can eat them, and they're free!" So I proceeded to demolish a bowl and a half of mussels (along with goulash).

    Our afternoon tour started right after lunch at 1:15. It was a bus tour through the city with a couple of stops. Our guides name was Erika and she was delightful, had been doing tours since the 80s during the communist era. Our first stop was the west side of the city in Buda up on the hill at the Matthias church. It was beautiful inside and was a much different style of church. Our guide said that there was more of a mosque influence in the decor due to when it was constructed and the geographic location of Hungary. It reminded me of the mosque in Istanbul. The roof of the church was also pretty with a porcelain mosaic type of look.

    Afterwards the tour went out onto the Fisherman's Basttion which was essentially a panoramic look out point. It was slightly foggy out but the view was still great. Our guide mentioned that there have been 4 separate people who have died here this year from falling over the ledge, all Asians (she said they have been due to selfie sticks).

    Next we had some spare time and took a stroll into one of the grocery stores so the girls could buy some paprika. Our guide told us "this is where the locals buy their paprika". Turns out later that we figured out that Mom, Rae, and Brooke got slightly hosed there.

    While Brooke was in line waiting to pay for the paprika, my stomach turned upside down. Uh oh! Maybe I shouldn't have had the mussels.....? Sweating bullets and looking around for a bathroom, I'm getting nervous. I get a moment of reprieve, but then need to find a WC stat. Brooke saves the day and guides me to a cafe she spotted earlier. Long story short, crisis averted, but I don't think I am over my shellfish sensitivity.

    We got back on the bus and toured around the city some more and went over to the Pest side. It was interesting to hear Erika talk about all of her experiences during the soviet era. We did make one more stop at Heroes Square, but it was really starting to rain. Didn't spend that much time there, it is a bunch of statues of the important kings and leaders in Hungarian history.

    Back on the boat we unwound and got showered and changed for dinner. Went up to the lounge for 6:00 because they had a master pianist on board to play a short concert. His name was Balazs Bakos and was a Hungarian native. He was truly masterful at the piano and it was mesmerizing watching his hands move, especially the final number where his hands were literally a blur and moving too fast for the human eye. Mom thought it was incredible. The most unfortunate part was the crowd that he was playing for. There is no guarantee that everyone there will want to listen and appreciate the music that is being played. So much so that it was quite noisy at times with chatter and laughter.

    We went down to the dining hall for our final dinner on the ship. We were in a bit of a rush to finish dinner since the ship was going to be sailing up and down Budapest at night. Dinner was a pork tenderloin (we think) and I actually only had one dessert this time. Brooke even had to order her cheese plate to go because we rushed over to our room to bundle up for going up top during the evening.

    Budapest is lit up beautifully at night with all the major sights and bridges brightly lit. The grand piece was the parliament building again. I could sit and view the building for hours and the pictures we took in no way do it justice.

    The two of us were the last in our group to stay up top enjoying the scenery. Eventually "Missouri" came up as well. This was one of the passengers that we have been laughing at and making fun of the entire trip. He's an obese American who has been drunk the entire time on the boat (so much so that we saw his wife bring him coffee and water in the morning likely due to a headache). Anyways, Missouri comes up to the top deck after we had passed all the major sights, already turned around, and were in the University district. He pulls out his iPad, starts filming the scenery, points at the university building and says "well.....there's parliament". The two of us die with internal laughter and Brooke was uncontrollable and had to press her face into my chest and pretend to be cold. It's impossible not laugh at American tourists when they demonstrate that level of ignorance.

    We spent the remainder of our final evening on the ship in the lounge enjoying the cocktails and discussing a plan for Budapest tomorrow. The four of us kids literally closed down the lounge while we were just chatting away. Even the bartender said goodnight to us.

    We will miss our time on the river cruise, but it will be nice to depart and be more active.

    Tyler and Brooke
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  • Day2

    Ende Tag 2

    August 23, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    So, Tag 2 ist zu Ende gegangen.
    Dieses Mal: 502 km und insgesamt von 08:00 bis 19:30 on the road gewesen. Vom strahlendem Sonnenschein bis sintflutartige Regenfälle war Alles dabei.
    Jetzt sind wir hier in Budapest und nach ein wenig Sightseeingtour geht es jetzt ins Bett 🛏.
    Morgen geht es Richtung Rumänien, vielleicht treffen wir auch 🧛‍♂️ Dracula.
    Gute Nacht euch allen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gellért-hegy, Gellert-hegy, Gellértberg, Gellért Hill, Tozal Gellért, Гара Гелерт, Гелерт, Gellértova hora, Monto Gellért, Colina Gellért, Gellértinvuori, ゲッレールト山, Góra Gellerta, Dealul Gellért, Геллерт, Gerhardov hrib, Gellértberget, 蓋勒特山

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