Budapest Journals

Some attractions in Budapest I forgot to tell you about

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A travel journal to Budapest by Praskipark

St. Stephens Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) Photo, Budapest, Hungary More Photos
Quote: Having written two journals about Budapest already I realised I had missed some attractions out. Here they are.

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall

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Attraction | "You will find what you are looking for here"

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall Photo, Budapest, Hungary
Quote:
The Central Market Hall in Budapest was one of the first Market Halls I ever visited in Eastern Europe. I remember being totally bowled over by the atmosphere and all the colourful characters inside the hall as well as the numerous stalls selling just about everything you can imagine. I have been to quite a few Market Halls since but this is still one of my favourites and one I always visit when returning to Budapest.The market began to thrive as a modern market in the early 20th century, when goods were delivered via the Danube and an underground canal. It is always teeming with people on both levels and the best time to visit is probably late evening just before closing.The o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 17, 2012

Central Market Hall/Great Market Hall
Fovam Ter, Ix Kerulet
Budapest, Hungary

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)

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Attraction | "Not a true basilica but still a pretty church "

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika) Photo, Budapest, Hungary
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One of the busiest squares in Budapest is Deák Ferenc tér . One of the reasons the square is always buzzing with people is because the city's three Metro lines (M1, M2, M3) intersect here but there is another reason; from the square you can see the elegant cupola that belongs to St Stephen's Basilica. This beautiful neo-Romanesque church is about 300 metres to the north of the square and one of the main sights to see in Budapest.Why the church is called a 'basilica' I am not sure because the architecture doesn't exactly remind me of Roman styles. During its construction in 1868, the magnificent dome, collapsed due to bad structural planning, and it was only in 1906 that this church could ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2012

St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István-bazilika)
St. Istvan Ter District V
Budapest, Hungary 1051
+36 1 317 2859

Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)

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Attraction | "Look out for those reflections"

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Matthias Church is situated in the centre of Buda's Castle District - actually next door to the famous Hilton Hotel where you can see the reflections of the church and surrounding buildings in the windows of the hotel's windows. This is fascinating and the detail of the reflections is astounding.Because of its proximity to the Hilton and the reflection of its attractive facade the church does receive hordes of visitors. A hundred years ago the church's Gothic foundation and walls received extravagant decoration but nowadays visitors are more interested in the way the light enters through garish modern windows. The interior seems to have lost any feeling of Gothic space and the wall hanging...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 19, 2012

Matthias Church (Matyas Templon)
Szentharomsag Ter 2 Castle Hill, District I
Budapest, Hungary 1014
36 1 355 5657

Jozsef Nador Square

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Attraction | "Noisy and busy with traffic but worth a peep"

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József Nádor tér is one of the noisiest and busiest squares in Budapest mainly because of the number of vehicles passing through. It's worth a stroll though as there is a small park slap bang in the centre of the square with a mighty fine statue of the Archduke Joseph who ruled Hungary for the first half of the 19th century. Gross House is an enchanting building situated in the square; neoclassical in design and dates back from 1824. Next door is a stylish shop that sells Herend porcelain - there are some very interesting designs but all a bit to delicate and fancy for my particular tastes. It was interesting to find out that this type of pottery dated back to two centuries ago and the first artist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2012

Jozsef Nador Square

Budapest, Hungary

Vaci utca

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Attraction | "Art Nouveau and colourful characters in Budapest"

Quote:
Andrássy Avenue is one of my favourite boulevards in Budapest but there is another colourful street that is worth visiting for lots of reasons - its name is Vaci utca. Why is it interesting? There is always something happening here throughout the year. Váci utca is a pedestrian precinct which emerges from the northern side of Vörösmarty square. During the day most activity focuses on the exclusive shops and in the evening on the many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and gambling houses that thrive in and around the Váci utca. There are numerous characters dotted around the precinct selling hand woven goods, embroidered cloths, furs and leather goods. These ethnic Hungarians are from Romanian Transylvani...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2012

Vaci utca
Vaci utca (from Vamhaz korut to Vorosmarty ter)
Budapest, Hungary 1052