Hungary Journals

Two Days in Hungary

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A travel journal to Hungary by MagdaDH_AlexH

Photo of Eger, Hungary More Photos
Quote: Eger, Budapest and a drive past Balaton

Bull's Blood from the flats of Hungary

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Photo of Eger, Hungary
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The first, overwhelming impression of Hungary is of flatness. After Slovakia, which is almost unrelentingly hilly and often mountainous, the great Hungarian plain comes as a shocking surprise, even if one knows it's there. The roads are better, the money hard to calculate (we manage to take out close to a thousand Euros from a cashpoint by mistake – all those currencies that don't differ from each other by more than a actor of five make one complacent, now that the likes of Italian lira, Greek Drachma and old Polish zloties are gone). But it's the language that is the most savagely impossible. Apart from a day in Dubai (where everything seemed to be bilingual and the Arabic was almost inva...Read More

Hungarian Parliament Building

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Attraction | "Birthday Cake of Parliaments"

Hungarian Parliament Building Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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We stay on the outskirts of Budapest and take a train into the city for our day of sight-seeing. In hindsight we could have driven in, as we ended up driving through the city eventually on the day of our departure (Budapest has a motorway ring-road but it's not a complete circle due to the city backing onto hills in the north-east) and it was less traumatic than we feared (though traumatic enough with a slightly odd placement of signs meaning that I consistently managed to miss every turn that I was supposed to take and thus ended up going in a much bigger circle – and through the very centre of the city – then intended). Still, the sight-seeing day is by public transport and, equipped with a family t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2011

Hungarian Parliament Building
Kossuth Lajos Ter, 1-3 District V
Budapest, Hungary 1055
+36 1 441 4904

Chain Bridge

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Attraction | "First Bridge"

Chain Bridge Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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We follow the Buda bank of Danube towards another of the Budapest landmarks, the Chain Bridge (Szechenyi Lanchid), founded in 1849 by the philanthropist and reformer Istvan Szechenyi who devoted many years to the greater task of regulating the Danube which would turn the great river into a reliable, viable trading route. The Lanchid is the oldest of the seven road bridges of Budapest (before that, the only crossing of the Danube was by a ferry or a pontoon bridge).The building of the bridge had not only a practical but also a symbolic significance, foretelling the future unification of Buda and Pest into one city, symbolising the national advancement (it was opened during the brief period ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2011

Chain Bridge
Spans River Danube
Budapest, Hungary 1013

Castle & Castle Hill

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Attraction | "Looking down towards Danube"

Hungarian Parliament Building Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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First settled in the 13th century, when Hungarians moved across the river to escape the Mongol attacks, the Castle Hill became a location of king Bela's keep and following that, numerous other castles and palaces. Buda Castle Hill is one of the most interesting and attractive for sight-seers parts of Budapest, with many historical buildings, viewpoints eating and drinking places. It's also a bit of a tourist trap, and thus perhaps not the best place for a good value refuelling stop, but worth the visit nevertheless. The normal touristy way up the Castle Hill is using the funicular, but as this is not included in the family travel card we bought earlier and costs a whooping SIX EUROS for a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 16, 2011

Castle & Castle Hill

Budapest, Hungary

Sinatra Piano Bar

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Restaurant | "Tasty, copious food with a Danube view"

Sinatra Piano Bar Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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We walked for a very, very long time to find our Budapest meal: all along the Pest bank of the Danube, from the Houses of Parliament (which look best from the other side anyway), past the imposing neo-Renaissance Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the beautiful Art Nouveaux Gresham Palace (now the Four Seasons Hotel), with excellent views of the Buda Castle Hill and Gellert Hill. We walk past the Chain Bridge and then past the Erzsebet Bridge, and we almost sit down in a number of places – but not quite. The walk itself is a good one, but we are Very Hungry indeed as it's close to tea-time and we had no lunch: and thus, when the Other Adult suggested trying out this quay-side placed I agree...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2011

Sinatra Piano Bar
Belgra¡d Rkp./Nemzetkozi Hajoallomas Mellett Rakpart
Budapest, Hungary 1055
+36 1 318 0723 ‎