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Városmajor

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  • Day3

    Der letzte Tag 2018 - Part One

    December 31, 2018 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    ...wo ist es nur schon wieder hin, dieses 2018?
    Auch mein letzter Tag war voll aber großartige und ich hatte ja heute noch die halbe Nacht dazu. Am Morgen habe ich bereits unter blauem Himmel im Whirlpool des Thermalbades gesessen. Aber etwas später als am Sonntag.
    Zum Frühstück hatte ich etwas anstrengende Gesellschaft am Nebentisch. Ein Pärchen aus Österreich, hab schon vergessen woher genau. Wir hatten uns erst nett unterhalten und dann haben die beiden versucht mich zu beschwatzen, mir doch auch noch eine Karte für das Abendevent im Hotel zu organisieren, nachdem ich erzählt hatte, das meine Tages- bzw. Abendgestaltung flexibel ist. Nach dem Motto- armes Mädel, ganz allein unterwegs... nein danke, keine Lust auf so eine steife Party.
    Ich musste mir jetzt erstmal die Fotos ansehen, damit ich nichts vergesse, was ich wieder alles in diesem Tag gepackt habe.
    Nach dem Frühstück und dem Abwehren der Hotelparty bin ich erstmal Richtung Kettenbrücke aufgebrochen. Ist übrigens die älteste und bekannteste Brücke, der in Budapest über die Donau führenden Brücken. Direkt gegenüber der Brücke auf der Buda Seite gibt es eine Standseilbahn, welche auf den Berg zum Burgenviertel von Buda führt. Der Plan war, hinauf mit der Seilbahn. Irgendwie sind bei diesem herrlichen Wetter heute alle Touristen aus ihrer "Löchern" gekrochen und es gab eine mega Schlange an der Seilbahn. Also doch laufen. Ist nicht ganz so anstrengend wie auf den Gellértberg und es gibt befestigte Wege.
    Dieses Viertel entstand aus den alten Stadtkern von Buda (ich denke jeder weiß, dass Budapest aus dem Zusammenschluss der beiden Städte links und rechts der Donau entstand, nämlich Buda und Pest). Hier oben finden sich viele monumentale Gebäude. Da ist der riesige Burgpalast, ehemals königliche Residenz, wird er heute für Museen und repräsentative Zwecke genutzt. Wenn man Glück hat, kann man dem Wachwechsel vor dem Palast zusehen. Ich hatte Glück 🍀😌. Obwohl ich mir schon die Frage stelle, was genau soll das? Sieht ein bisschen aus wie Männerballett, wenn die Herren fast tänzerisch und synchron ihr Bewegungen ausführen und ihre Waffen schwingen.
    Ein absolutes Muss ist die Fischerbastei, die fast wie ein Märchenschloss über der Donau thront. Über Treppen, Gänge, Arkaden und Balkone kann man von Türmchen zu Türmchen schlendern.
    Dahinter steht die Matthiaskirche mit ihrem bunten Dach und einem Kirchturm, der ein wenig an die Türme der Sagrada Familia in Barcelona erinnert. Hier wurden u.a. Franz Joseph I. und Elisabeth, besser bekannt als Sissi, gekrönt.
    Zwischen Fischerbastei und Matthiaskirche steht das gigantische Reiterstandbild von Ungarns erstem König, Stephan I., sah toll aus unter blauem Himmel.
    Von hier oben hat man natürlich auch eine großartigen Blick über die Donau und auf die andere Seite der Stadt. Dort habe ich dann den Nachmittag verbracht.
    Nach so viel Berg und Kultur musste erstmal Futter her. Ich hatte den Weihnachtsmarkt noch auf meinem Plan. Da warteten alle möglichen Verführungen auf mich und die Entscheidung war nicht einfach.
    Gestärkt habe ich mich dann auf den Weg Richtung Donau gemacht, für ein paar Fotos und eine Donaufahrt bei Nacht.
    Zwischen Kettenbrücke und Parlament findet man ein sehr emotionales aber auch bedrückendes Mahnmal, was man fast übersieht. Auf der Kaimauer direkt an der Donau stehen ganz verstreut ca.60 Paar Schuhe aus Metall. Sie sollen an die Gräueltaten des Holocaust erinnern, als 1944/45 Juden an der Donau zusammengetrieben und erschossen wurden.

    ...Continued later
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  • Day20

    Buda Chinese

    January 1 in Hungary ⋅ 🌙 0 °C

    On our last night in Budapest we took a tram over the river to Buda, and had a really delicious meal at a Chinese restaurant - a solid open-on-1-January option. We pigged out on soup, dumplings, Kung Pao chicken and Szechwan beef, with an embarrassing amount of (non-alcoholic) drinks, for about $45 and it was fab. After dinner we met Lou, Seb, et. al. in a Scottish pub for a Guinness and a coffee, then said goodbye as they leave for Vienna in the morning and we're off to Bratislava in the afternoon!Read more

  • Day36

    Budapest: slightly off the beaten track

    October 16, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Each day we became progressively more adventurous. Our guide book told us that there are great views to be had from a lookout on top of one of the Buda hills and that there was a cog railway for much of the climb.
    Again, the major challenge was in decoding the excellent public transport system, but we sort of worked it out eventually. A four-stop ride on our nearby tramline delivered us to a major transport terminal then Mr Google directed us on a 15 minute walk through what could best be described as once elegant streets in Buda. No doubt, back in the day when Brian's parents were residents of Budapest the area would have been really classy.
    We reached the entrance to the cog railway only to find it closed,and a typed sign stuck to the gate. Thank goodness for Google Translate which informed us that the "machinery will not be moving between 9am and 12 o'clock." That was the bad news. The good news was that were standing near the entrance to a park which we had been walking alongside as we had approached the tram terminal. With just over an hour to kill it was an easy decision for us to spend it wandering around in the park. We had it almost to ourselves. It was so peaceful, and with the many large trees just starting to display their autumn colours it was magic. We spotted a few birds there including an eye-catching goldfinch very close to us.
    Then came a bit more bad news and the (multi-lingual) explanation for the three hour closure of the cog tram. As of that very morning the upper 2/3 of the track was closed and it wasn't scheduled to reopen until the end of November.
    Nevertheless we jumped on board this very quaint and old-fashioned tram for the 1/3 that we could enjoy. It is as much a commuter tram for the residents of the Buda hills as it is a tourist attraction, though it wasn't very busy for this particular trip,which took about ten minutes. The tram had climbed steeply as it went through a mixture of residential and scenic forested areas.
    As we left the tram we saw a rough hand-drawn sign directing us to a bus route 200 metres away. What the sign didn’t show was that it was up a hill which one would describe as very steep even by Wellington standards. We made it then jumped on a bus which took us parallel to the now-closed tram track.
    The aim of this particular morning's expedition had been to get to the summit of this Buda hill and to view the city from there.
    Apart from ourselves and a poor lost female tourist from Hong Kong, the only other people up at the almost deserted summit were a few bewildered locals who were also disorientated by the partial closure of their tram line.
    All that was fine but we still didn't have any sort of a view over the city as it was blocked by trees and buildings. One solitary sign pointed to a lookout but when we went for a wander in that direction all we could see were some large and obviously very expensive mansions. Clearly this is a classy area, but we never did get to see the view from the top.
    We retraced our steps via the various means of transport and grabbed a bit of lunch downtown.
    The weather by then had turned cooler with light rain but we decided to proceed with our plan to visit Margaret Island in the afternoon. This 2.5km long island, which is in the middle of the Danube, is very close to our hotel. Most of the area is laid out with immaculately maintained parks and gardens. One of the features, which we had discovered on our last visit is a giant fountain which is programmed very cleverly to provide ever-changing lighting and water patterns, some of it in time to recorded music. We could sit there and watch it for hours.
    With the weather having closed in most people had disappeared the place was practically empty. We really enjoyed the beauty together with the peace and quiet as we walked the length of the island.
    When we're on holiday in Europe some days are outstanding while others are merely excellent. There is really no such thing as a bad day. We may not have achieved everything that we had planned to do but we still achieved a lot. It was still an excellent day.
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  • Day1

    Colline du château

    August 6, 2016 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Nous voilà dans la vieille ville de Buda! Il y a de belles maisons colorées, une superbe église au toits vernissés, le palais royal datant de l'époque Sissi construit sur les ruines d'un château médiéval et même un hôpital bunker sous-terrain (Bad ass!!!)

    De quoi nous occuper l'après midi entière !
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  • May1

    Budapest - day 20

    May 1, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Lovely fine day over 20.

    Overnight there was quite a bit of train noise in our campsite, and we weren’t that impressed by the chemical toilet just being a grill in the driveway where the other grey water was being emptied. Then one of the helpful people on the Justgo FB site mentioned that the site he preferred shouldn’t have been closed, so we re-looked at it. Not sure why we thought it was closed , but we were very pleased that it was wrong and were happily parked up at a new camping ground much closer to the city by 10.30.

    We took a train into the city (the Hungarian plan names are not the easiest to remember, but photos and maps helped us). Once there we realised that there was a big car race on in the city as well as it being a holiday on the 1st May. We saw a couple of guys with small green electric motorbikes, and ended up talking to them – nek minite we were hooning around on them. Although Jody is sworn to wear a helmet on her bike, there wasn’t one for these so we tried to be careful. We went over the bridge to the other side of the river, and then onto Margaret Island which is where lots of fitness activities are held. There was a lot of people there riding all sorts of tourist bikes and things. The parliament building is absolutely stunning, and we hope to have a better look at it tomorrow. We had one of the guys as a guide, and had the bikes for just over an hour which was a good amount of time. Then we visited lots of very funky little shops with funny hats etc.

    Both of Jody’s sons have been in Budapest before which is one of the reasons we are here. Matt had recommended an eating place which we spent a bit of time trying to find. We did find it, but there was no sitting down and a huge queue. On the way there we had seen a bit of an outside food hall, and ended up having a late lunch there. I had goulash on flat bread, and Jody had a pulled pork sandwich. Both were really nice. We had a good chat to a couple from near Manchester who were in Budapest for his birthday just for a few days. He was interested in Nico as he owns a garage.

    Then we decided it was time for some hot pools. There are loads of options in Budapest, so we chose the number 1 attraction which is the Szechenyi Baths. It took us a while to find a train station – googlemaps is not our friend, and was the source of much amusement with our lunch companions as they find it similarly challenging. But once we got on the right train, we got off at the right station and the baths were very close. We got a bit confused after going in as there were these little rooms with doors at both ends with both men and women going into. On the other side of the rooms there seemed to be a lot of nearly naked people running around. We finally figured out that these were changing rooms, and the lockers were on the other side. But people would push the doors open while we were in there (which we had done as well), so it wasn’t obvious when the rooms were full or empty. Once we put all our stuff in lockers we headed for the first pools which were inside. We found a cold plunge pool which we weren’t going to try, and then found a 37 degree one that we walked through as the tiles looked a bit slippery on our bare feet. Then we got outside and found the really large pool which was 38 degrees. We stayed in there for about an hour just watching and listening to various people – we both love crowd watching, and the different languages and looks of people were very interesting. Not many asians here, and a lot of slavic looking people. Also interesting that there wasn’t anywhere with free drinking water – quite different to NZ where everyone is encouraged to keep hydrated. Then we went to the inside pools and found a 38 degree one, and then finally the 40 degree one. That kept us warm while we changed in the little cubicals – and for me to find my sock which someone had kindly put on top of a shelf for me.

    Then back to the train again. We found that it is a really good plan to catch the train the wrong way so it goes to the end of the line cos then you are guaranteed to get a good seat which we then kept on until we got to the city centre – Deak Ferenc ter. The station by the camp site is called Nagyvarad ter – yep, those names just roll off the tongue! It took a wee while at Deak Ferenc ter to work out where to catch the train, and then when we got to Nagyvarad ter we went up 2 sets of stair cases before we chose the right one to walk 1km to our campsite. I don’t normally take 2 trains, and walk a km after doing hot pools! Once back at Nico we decided to check out the restaurant – I had veges and kumara chips, and Jody had chicken and grilled veges which was just ok. Then we polished off the rest of the limoncello, must make some plans to replace that! Actually Jody is quite a bad influence on me! It is quite nice listening to the NZDAC 2017 playlist – current rocking away to Mania by Michael Sembello (who knew who sang that song?)
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