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More walking in Budapest

Lovely cool night sleeping under a light doona and got up late at 7am . Today was again all 4 seasons in 1 day - cool ( or fresh start as Luka would say), then warm, then hot and humid requiring I walk under my umbrella, then rainy!!! Got to carry it all around in my backpack!

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We left at 8.30 am as the sun was out and we knew it would only be out for a few hours. We headed through quiet street across the chain bridge and up Castle Hill. I walked and Mum caught the funicular up to the terrace where there is a lovely view over to Pest, Parliament and St Stephens Basilica. We walked along the terrace to St Mattias church and Fishermans Bastion. The church is ver unique nods different to anything else I had seen. The outside was highly decorative and the I have a photo of 4 of the spires and they are all different - one white, one black, one mosaic and one with an eagle on top. The roof of the church is colourful mosaic which all looks so pretty against the white stone. Inside it was all murals, not one inch of the columns, walls or ceiling were not covered in these subtle woody colours.

It cost us 1500 forint ( $7.50 AUD) to go in the church and 800 ( $3.20AUD) to the fisherman's bastion a lovely turreted arcade built in 1905 with again great view sun and down the Danube. we were opposite the lovely Parliament building with its 365 spires

We walked back down via the windy cobblestoned streets of Buda to the river and back across the Chain Bridge up to where our hostel is. I bought an egg roll for $1.50AUD. Mum is going on another hop on hop off bus side and I climbed the 302 steps the top pf the dome of St Stephens. I think my legs are getting more accustomed to the hundreds of steps I walk up each day! Cost 500 Forint - $2.50AUD

I would love to visit Gellert Spa - one of the many in the city but not having togs it seem silly to pay 5100 forint ( $25 AUD) to get in. They have several indoor and outdoor pools from 20 - 38 degrees where you swim and hang out for the day. Budapest has 118 natural or specifically drilled springs beneath the city. 70 million litres of of water comes, as a result baths and springs are dotted all over the city.

Wandered up Andrassy Street which is a beautiful wide tree lined boulevard with all the buildings around 4 storeys high.. I found an Apple Store and had my laptop looked at and will have to wait until I get home to get the broken USB port fixed. On the way back to dropping off my laptop my room I bought a yummy little nut biscuit for 50 forints .25c AUD 100 Forints =0.50c AUD

Have learnt very little Hungarian and still struggling saying Koszonom for thank you. Hungarians speak magyar. Although Hungarys is a part of the EU it has not yet adopted the euro as its national currency so some places will allow you today in either currency.

I went back to tT Stephens Basilica which is only in the next block from the hostel - our hostel location is absolutely perfect- and climb the 306 steps to the top for great view over the city

Some Hungarian history - have loved learning all the history of these countries!

The Hungarians came to the area from Asia around 800 AD and are not descended from the Huns. They ruled their own empire until the 1500's when the Turks invaded and ruled them for 150 years. The the Hapsbergs invaded and it was under Austro - Hungarian rule. After Hungary was on the losing side WW1 and stripped of much of their land they joined Germany in WW2. In 1945 they were liberated by the Soviet Army and the communists then took control of the government. In 1956 anti - soviet student demonstrations caused soviet tanks to move into Budapest and more than 25,000 people died. They became a democracy in 1889 & the last soviets left by 1991.

I went the square near the river where he free city walking tours leave and joined the 2.30pm Tour of the city. There must have been 100 people show up they had 3 guides and split us all up. It was interesting information and I stayed with the group for 45 minutes as we walked around Pest side but decided I didn't want go back to Castle Hill side so left and went back to join the 3.30pm Jewish Quarter walk.

So glad I did as it was all new territory in the district next to and behind our hostel. These free walking tours are great with lots of interesting info. often being shown off the beaten path places and you pay a tip at the end.

We visited the Jewish district between the 3 synagogues that was turned into the ghetto in WW2. Hungry was in alliance with Germany in the hope to receive back there land that was then from them after WW1. The jews were put in the ghettos - 70,000 lived in this small area - often 50 per flat and were deported in 1944 and 600,000 of them perished ( usually sent Auschwitz). There is a memorial there.

We saw the outside of all 3 synagogues and then went into the nightlife are where locals live and go out and the very touristed ruin pubs that are housed in empty allotments where buildings fell down from disuse after the war or the buildings could not be renovated due to the high costs. There were also several street murals on the side of buildings. Very cool area!

I grabbed some pizza for Mum and I from a street vendor allotment and took it back to our room. It ws so good we went out together and got some more and an icecream. I then went out alone at 8.30pm just as he sun was setting to see all the riverfront area lit up at night. It was absolutely stunning! I walked along the riverfront in front of Parliament House and saw the bronze shoe memorial to remember the Jewish people who were made to remove their shoes on the riverfront and were then thrown into the icy waters of the Danube to drown. So many tragic stories about the holocaust and I am reading book about a Polish family that we bought at Dachau so it it is very real for me right now.

Have loved my time in Budapest and could easily fill another day here .

Fishermans Bastion

Fishermans Bastion


Chain Bridge on a sunny day

Chain Bridge on a sunny day


Looking to St Mattias & Fishermans Bastion

Looking to St Mattias & Fishermans Bastion


Castle Hill on a sunny day

Castle Hill on a sunny day


Sunny day

Sunny day


Pest

Pest


Pest

Pest


Pest

Pest


The eagle on Castle Hill

The eagle on Castle Hill


St Mattias Church mosaic tile roof

St Mattias Church mosaic tile roof


St Mattias

St Mattias


St Mattias

St Mattias


Clouds rolling in

Clouds rolling in


Parliament

Parliament


Parliament

Parliament


View through arcade of Fishermans bastion

View through arcade of Fishermans bastion


Statue

Statue


Turrets and arcades

Turrets and arcades


Murals inside St Mattias

Murals inside St Mattias


Murals

Murals


Altar

Altar


Assorted spires

Assorted spires


Spires & tiled roof

Spires & tiled roof


Turrets of Fishermans Bastion

Turrets of Fishermans Bastion


Front entrance

Front entrance


Entrance to Bastion

Entrance to Bastion


Memorial in the Jewish ghetto

Memorial in the Jewish ghetto


Balcony below the dome I climbed up

Balcony below the dome I climbed up


Budapest

Budapest


Selfie with Parliament House

Selfie with Parliament House


Street Murals

Street Murals


View From Basilica

View From Basilica


Ruin Pub

Ruin Pub


Andrassay  Street

Andrassay Street


Street Mural

Street Mural


Empty Allotment turned into street vendors

Empty Allotment turned into street vendors


View from Basilica

View from Basilica


Where we had the best pizza

Where we had the best pizza


Fishermans Bastion

Fishermans Bastion


Basilica

Basilica


Ruin Pub

Ruin Pub


Synagogue

Synagogue


Most famous Ruin Pub - Szympla

Most famous Ruin Pub - Szympla


The park opposite our hostel

The park opposite our hostel


Beautiful sunset sky

Beautiful sunset sky


Sunset

Sunset


Castle Hill sunset

Castle Hill sunset


Sunset

Sunset


Sunset

Sunset


St Mattias and Fishermans Bastions

St Mattias and Fishermans Bastions


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge


Sunset

Sunset


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge


sunset

sunset


Shoe Memorial

Shoe Memorial


Parliament

Parliament


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Hungary

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