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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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  • Day11

    Budapest

    October 3, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Gestern so viel Mühe gegeben und wo ist es —in den Weiten des Netzes. Hinter mir liegen 2 Tage Budapest,die Fahrt von Bratislavas nach Budapest war mehr oder weniger entspannt,vielleicht sind die Autobahnen gut befahrbar,die Nebenstraßen sind es nicht immer und so hab ich für die letzten 20 km doch ne Stunde gebraucht.Budapest ist auch nicht unbedingt Wohnmobil freundlich,bin schon fast auf einen Campingplatz gefahren,und hab dann zum Glück noch ein kuscheliges Plätzchen in Stadt nähe(mit dem Fahrrad 5Minuten ).gefunden.Der Tag war auch vom Wetter her super und soo hab ich mit dem Rad die Stadt erkundet,erst dachte ich na ja aber inzwischen find ich Budapest richtig gut,gestern Abend ging nun noch die Gasflasche zur Neige,hatte ja gehofft ,dies ist kein Problem,aber ist es doch,hier gibt es überwiegend Aluflaschen,und ich dachte ich kann meine einfach auffüllen lassen.
    Bin nun heute morgen aufgebrochen um nach Bukarest zu fahren und sitze nun hier in Hödmezövasarhelyi,kann das jemand aussprechen,und trinke hier einen Cafe(WLAN). Will hier auch noch mal nach Gas gucken da aufsteht ohne Kaffee ein Supergau ist,vielleicht fahre ich auch noch bis Rumänien,im Gegensatz zu Budapest ist es hier merklich kühler,aber gerade kämpft die Sonne ein bisschen mit den Wolken.Die fahrt hierher war strassentechnisch sehr angenehm und so gut wie gar kein Verkehr,landschaftlich dachte ich so an ungarische Pusta?ja zumindest sah es oft wie Steppe aus.
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    Hallo Christof, danke für die schönen und lustigen Fotos - weiter gute Fahrt! Ursula

    10/3/19Reply
    Gudrun Kramer-Grodd

    Hey Christoph, das wird ja im nächsten Jahr auch unsere Reiseroute. Aber unser Ziel wäre ja in Sibiu schon erreicht! Dir weiterhin viel Spaß und gute Begegnungen!!

    10/4/19Reply
    Anja Haase

    Lieber Christof, unsere Reise geht morgen mit vielen Steinen aus der Normandie im Gepäck Richtung Heimat. Dir gute Reise mit vielen tollen Eindrücken. Liebe Grüße Anja und Michael

    10/4/19Reply
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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

  • Day211

    Budapest

    January 16, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    The weather has been really cold for the past two weeks, lows of -7 and highs of 0 deg if your lucky.
    We decided to have another look around Gellert Hill on the way to the Gellert thermal baths only to find a winter wonderland.Read more

  • Day23

    My house in Budapest

    October 12, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Actually, it was more of a bunk bed in the hostel than the house what Geroge Ezra sang about. Nonetheless, the last few days in Budapest have been great. Since I shared a room with two guys from Bogotá and Mexico as well as a girl from Brasil, my roommates showed remarkable similarities to the cast of the next season of 'Narcos'. While I commuted between the two parts of the city separated by the Danube, Buda and Pest, or enjoyed some traditional wellness in one of Budapest's numerous thermal baths, I spent the evenings in a street café or in the famous ruin bars.
    Although, I was warned at arrival to park the motorcycle on guarded grounds, I had decideded against it and parked directly in front of the hostel, as the parking would have cost three times! as much as the stay in the hostel. Call me a lucky devil, I could continue my ride to Belgrad.
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    Max Reichenbach

    Geile Bilder!

    10/15/19Reply
    Nina Bauer

    Mega geile Bilder! Fahr vorsichtig und viel Spaß!! LG Nina

    10/17/19Reply
     
  • Day3

    Stadtrundgang in Pest

    December 31, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Wir waren in der Stefansbasilika und davor war noch ein Weihnachtmarkt.
    An dem berühmten Cafe Garbeaud konnten wir natürlich nicht vorbei ohne uns Törtchen und Kaffee zu gönnen. Danach nochmal zum Parlament, um den gigantischen Bau von allen Seiten zu besichtigen.Read more

  • 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

  • Day21

    Day 2 in Budapest

    February 21, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Well this city was unexpected for sure. Wasn't sure what it would be like I thought I had done enough research but I was pleasantly surprised. It's incredible. Number 2 on my favourite list for sure

    Well worth a visit.

    Had then pleasure of visiting so much today and my hostel was so close I could walk which was amazing.

    Took 5 attempts to use the cash machine cause there is to many 0's in the money haha but I got there.

    Very much in love with Budapest and will be back for a long weekend.

    Tomorrow Vienna
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    Evelyn Hak

    Looks a beautiful city and one on our bucket list to visit. Well what can one say about Vienna! Lucky lady to visit Vienna I’m sure you’ll love it. Safe journey babe xx

    2/21/20Reply
    Helen Braidwood

    I think the next leg of your journey is going to be very different??maybe more expensive, warmer, more cosmopolitan and fashion conscious....look forward to finding out...safe travels Linz😘xxx

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  • 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

  • Day6

    Az utolsó napunk Budapesten

    March 11, 2020 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 54 °F

    Our day started out with a trip to the famous Szechenyi Baths, which are the largest thermal baths in Europe. The hot water supplied by these baths comes from two thermal springs nearly a mile below the surface, and surfaces at 171° F before it's cooled down to approx 90° for relaxation and medicinal use.

    After our little spa trip, we visited Vajdahunyad Castle, which was built in 1896 to celebrate 1000 years since the Hungarian Conquest of the Carpathian basin (where Budapest is today). After that, we stopped by Heroes' Square, which was also built in 1896. It shows the 7 Magyar tribe chieftains who conquered the Carpathian basin, sitting on their horses beneath the Archangel Gabriel. Behind them sit various kings and important figures who defended, expanded, or rebuilt Hungary throughout its tumultuous history.

    We then made our way to the House of Terror, which chronicled life under both the Hungarian Nazi Party and the Communists. The building is the former meeting place of the Nazis, and was converted by the communists into the headquarters/torture center for their secret police. Now, it's been converted to remember the cruelty of the authoritarians, the braveness of the resistance, and the joy of being free from tyranny.

    We stopped for lunch and drinks at a local ruin pub, inhabiting buildings destroyed by war and neglect. We had lángos which are essentially fried pizza doughs with sour cream and shredded cheese on top (Y.U.M!). Then we visited Matthias Church (built in 1015) and the Fisherman's Bastion (built in 1844 atop the land used by the Fisherman's Guild to sell their goods during medieval times).

    Finally, we travelled to New York Cafe for dinner, where we had chicken, goulash, and Hungarian Coffee (coffee with Palinka, of course!).
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    Jana Smith

    It looks so amazing! I want to go there after reading all your blogs and seeing photos. Love and miss you guys.

    3/11/20Reply
    Alexa Mattis

    Beyond lucky!! Love it all!!

    3/11/20Reply
    Alexa Mattis

    Mausien! Miss u! Enjoy it all!

    3/11/20Reply
    Alexa Mattis

    😋

    3/11/20Reply
     

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