A Travellerspoint blog

Sorry Vienna you are beautiful!

As are needed to relax we didn't leave the hostel until midday and spent the morning washing, and pottering which was nice!

We ended up touring the major sights of Vienna in 5 hours and it really is a beautiful stunning city with incredible majestic buildings, churches, statues and fountains. Unlike every else we stayed we need to use their excellent public transport system to save our feet and it was very easy. The metro is so easy and we never needed to wait more than 3 minute for trains and the trams were also excellent. So I am sorry Vienna for not liking you yesterday on my tired day ...you are lovely!!

We went first ever to the station and I love their information and ticketing offices that are so helpful and make it very easy to book travel. We bought combination ticket for tomorrow to visit the Wachau valley along the Danube. It cost 53 E and includes return train travel, boat ride up the Danube and an Abbey visit. Times of our travel are flexible and up to us.

We then headed to Schonbrunn Palace on a tram that inly took 10 minutes. Entry around the extensive grounds is free. It is a HUGE palace from the front and we then wandered to the side to see the lovely rose gardens and wandered amongst the high mazed hedges...... all very beautiful. We then turned a corner and literally gasped to see what was at the back of the house - Double rowed massive manicured garden beds lined with statues leading up to the hugest statues and fountains and behind it high on the hill is the "Gloriette" viewing terrace" with views over the entire city. It actually was unbelievable !!

Next we caught the metro to Karlsplatz where we ate our pre packed lunch in a lovely shady park. We went into the church next door which was so beautiful built in the Byzantine style. It cost 8 E to go inside . Building started in 1716 to commemorate the 8000 who died in the plague of 1714 and completed 20 years later.

We caught an elevator and walked up stairs that took you inside the dome and so close to all the paintings inside the dome inside

Next past the impressive opera house that Vienna is famous for Paid 70 c inside a station to go to the loo and it was an opera loo playing famous well known songs!

Back on a the metro to Stephanplatz and looked inside St Stephens Cathedral. - has a colourful mosaic tile roof. Walked along the interesting street called Graben which is like a long square full off memorial statues and cafes and the coffee shops that Vienna is famous for.

At the end of the Graben we turned left and walked up to Michaelerplatz and Hofburg Palace the many hours and carriages were outside. Another stunning building that was home to the Hapsburg dynasty for over 600 years. it now houses several museums as well as the Lipizzaner horses and Spanish riding school. Mum enquired about attending show but it was booked out until the 10th June. At the front were excavated roman ruins from the 1st - 4th century showing their homes that even had heating under the floors. They were quite brilliant.

We walked along the cobblestoned road under the place and came out at Heldenpaltz another massive open square surrounded by immense buildings and statues.

Opposite were 2 of the massive museums with interesting manicured rounded hedges. We walked down the Inner ring Road past the impressive Parliament building to the Rat house ( Town Hall) which with its high gothic spires of 102 metres can be seen from all over town ( built 1872). There are no other buildings taller than it.

We then found the underground and only had to change lines once and we were back at our home stain of Westbahnhoff and walked 50 metres to the hostel, stopping at the supermarket next door to buy more breakfast and lunch supplies for tomorrow.

Went out for dinner at a local restaurant that was from 1890's and had Viener Schnitzel and potato salad for dinner

Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace


Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace


Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace


Horses ears covered in white

Horses ears covered in white


Manicured gardens

Manicured gardens


Stunning Rose trellis

Stunning Rose trellis


Rose arch

Rose arch


Beautiful gardens

Beautiful gardens


Rose Tunnel

Rose Tunnel


Maze hedges are so high

Maze hedges are so high


Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel


Fountain and high hedges

Fountain and high hedges


Fountain

Fountain


And then we saw this!

And then we saw this!


Gardens and Gloriette viewing Terrace  on the hill

Gardens and Gloriette viewing Terrace on the hill


Back of the palace and gardens

Back of the palace and gardens


Fountains and Gloriette Viewing terrace

Fountains and Gloriette Viewing terrace


Mum and I

Mum and I


Mum and I and back of the palace

Mum and I and back of the palace


Stunning fountain to have in backyard!

Stunning fountain to have in backyard!


Side view of fountain

Side view of fountain


Gloriette viewing terrrace

Gloriette viewing terrrace


View to back of place and city

View to back of place and city


Flower patterns in those grassy squares!!!

Flower patterns in those grassy squares!!!


Back of palace

Back of palace


Viewing Terrace

Viewing Terrace


Viewing Terrace

Viewing Terrace


City views

City views


Palace and gardens

Palace and gardens


Palace

Palace


Opera House

Opera House


Karlskirche ( Byzantine style church)

Karlskirche ( Byzantine style church)


Beautiful inside

Beautiful inside


Dome ceiling paintings

Dome ceiling paintings


Graben monuments

Graben monuments


Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace


Graben st

Graben st


Hofburg Palace

Hofburg Palace


Horses outside the palace

Horses outside the palace


Horses

Horses


Heldenplatz buildings

Heldenplatz buildings


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Heldenplatz

Heldenplatz


Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter


Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter


Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter


Museum Quarter and round hedges

Museum Quarter and round hedges


Museum Quarter

Museum Quarter


Parliament  Building

Parliament Building


Parliament  Building

Parliament Building


Parliament  Building

Parliament Building


Park benches all around Rathouse park

Park benches all around Rathouse park


Rathhouse ( Town Hall)

Rathhouse ( Town Hall)


Our hostel and supermarket in Marieshiler strasse

Our hostel and supermarket in Marieshiler strasse

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Hello Slovakia

We left at 7.30am to catch the 8.25am train to Bratislava. Just had to cross the road and buy our ticket 3 stops to Kelati station where our train left from. Our ticket for the 2 1/12 hour train ride cost 18 E. We went to a money changer to change our remaining florint back into Euro and the last bit we couldn't change bought some little pastries.

After boarding the train and sitting there feeling happy with ourselves that we had done it everything with 10 minutes to spare For some reason I asked the person across the aisle if this was the train to Bratislava. She shook her head but I didn’t know if that was "no" or she didn’t understand English so I asked someone else who did the same. I got off to find an employee (after dropping my money on the platform… (really !!!) and he said no we were meant to be on platform 1 and we had boarded a train on platform 6. Mad rush and long walk to platform 1 with his help but we made it with 3 minutes to spare!!! Hot sweaty after that little excitement!

The countryside north to the Slovakian border was very pretty and wooded and followed the Danube River for some time. There were a couple of very pretty villages we passed through – Visegard and Estergom before crossing the border and going through the Slovakian town of Novy Zamky.

The 2 ½ hours passed by very quickly and we arrived into the station in Bratislava. Our hostel was the easiest one yet to find. Directions were walk down the road 300 metres in front of the station ( only 1 to choose from ) and it is the yellow building in front of you. Great hostel in a recently renovated old building. We were on the 2nd floor up a spiral staircase. We had the 4 bed female dorm to ourselves in a spacious room with a big window overlooking the front and up to the station road, a separate toilet and massive bathroom with a door on to the back balcony. Cost 16 E each. ($25 AUD)

Did some reading about Slovakia on the train:

After WW1 they became a pat of United Czechoslakia and the day before German troops invaded Czech territory in 1939 Slovakia was set up a as German ally. After the communist take over in 1948 power was centralized in Prague until 1989 when the curtain on communism came down. And they became a democracy.

60 % of the country are catholic

As it was too early to check in at 11.15am we put our bags in the luggage room and were given a map and told about the local sites and 3pm walking tour. We filled our day until 6.30pm when we arrived back in pouring rain.

We are 1km away from the old town so it took us about 10 minutes to walk down there past the presidential palace with the flag flying to show he was in town. A lot of the buildings in this area looked in need of some love and renovation.

On the right looming over the town is a massive 52 metre war memorial and burial ground of 6845 soldiers of the soviet army who died during the liberation of Bratislava in WW2.

The Old town is really delightful with winding cobblestoned streets and lovely buildings. We were hungry and not wanting a full heavy meal of meat just grabbed some pizza to eat in a square and a piece of cheesecake made of mascarpone which was not as sweet.

On the right on the hill is the massive castle that we wandered up to past the ruined city walls ( the communists put a motorway right between the old town and castle) Great view from here over the city to Austria and Hungary.

In front of us was a bridge built over the Danube with a very unique

UFO looking observation deck on the pylons of the bridge.

Over the river was tower after tower of the ugly brutist architecture ( as it is called)of the communist regime – institutionalized housing blocks . There was also a lot of industrial buildings on this side of the river.

Around the old town are many quirky statues with the most famous being the grinning helmeted man emerging from a manhole.

St Michaels gate is the last remaining city gate from 14th

We joined the 3pm free walking tour where you pay a tip at the end. We have enjoyed these in the other cities we joined them. It was very hot so walked under an umbrella to keep the sun off. Half way through a storm with heavy rain hit so we got pretty wet. These tours are good as you end up seeing lots of the not so touristed places and find out lots of interesting information, such as the Easter Monday tradition where boys knock on a girls door and throw cold water over her, whip her on the legs ( gently ) with a whip from a willow tree ( to make her fertile) and are then invited in for cake and a shot!!

The walk finished at the blue church built in art noveau style at beginning of 20th century that looks like a wedding cake.

We found a supermarket and spent 9 E between us and bought bread rolls, salmon, ham , tomato and avocado which is enough for dinner tonight and breakfast and lunch tomorrow. Also bought a bottle of Kofola – Slovakian coke which is not as sweet. Not too bad !

Town Hall

Town Hall


View over Old Town

View over Old Town


City Walls with freeway in between the cable

City Walls with freeway in between the cable


Looking towards Austria

Looking towards Austria


Cafe where we ate cheesecake

Cafe where we ate cheesecake


Mum in Town Hall courtyard

Mum in Town Hall courtyard


Main Square with fountain

Main Square with fountain


The Blue  Church

The Blue Church


Old streets

Old streets


Castle

Castle


St Michael's gate

St Michael's gate


Old Town

Old Town


UFIO Bridge and communist towers

UFIO Bridge and communist towers


Danube

Danube


City Walls

City Walls


Castle walls

Castle walls


Cool pictures  on damaged building

Cool pictures on damaged building


Walk down from castle

Walk down from castle


Slovakian Coke

Slovakian Coke


Cool statue

Cool statue


Our room

Our room

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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

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Bus and boat ride in Budapest

Woke up to rain and cool weather of 22 degrees and by the end of the day it had been through all 4 season - really hot and humid, cool with 2 jackets on and rainy!

Left at at 10am and wandered up to St Stephens Basilica a beautiful big domed church built in 1851. St Stephens right hand is actually on show. Cost 1 E to enter and is very ornate and beautiful. Every inch is marble or frescoes. There is a painting of Jesus on the cross and no matter what side you stand on his knees point towards you.

We bought a Hop on Hop off pass for 22 E from one of their many sellers on street corners. We Walked down past the massive Jewish Synagogue ( the 2nd largest in the world) but didn't go in as it was 20 E to the Great Market Halls on the river in front of Elizabeth Bridge. A beautiful building that takes up an entire block and is open with very high ceilings. Inside are sellers of meat, fish , fruit, Hungarian cakes and drinks.

In front we hopped on a red line bus and went past the stunning Opera House and wide avenue compared to Champs Elysses in Paris that ended at Heroes Square. Built in 1896 to celebrate the millennial anniversary of the Magyar ( Hungarian people)conquest.

We hopped of the bus and wandered the beautiful grounds of the museum and castle called Vajdahunyad that looked like something out of a fairytale. Mum went into the lovely old church and listened to an organist recital of Bach for 5 E

Back on the bus we crossed the river and went up to the Citadel and hopped off there to admire the view and then walk back down through lovely leafy woods to the river where we walked across the bridge just in time to board a free boat ride at 4pm that went for just oven a hour ( included in our bus ticket price). Just as we were leaving it started to rain but stopped within 10 minutes. It was a relaxing ride up past the Parliament building and around St Margaret’s Island ( a 2.5km island in the middle of the river) The Buda side of the river is hilly with so many beautiful old buildings. Can’t wait to walk around it tomorrow. We grabbed an early dinner ( it was horrible) and wandered around our local area before heading back to the hostel with our yummies to eat in bed.

Market Hall

Market Hall


Castle and museum gates

Castle and museum gates


Heroes Square

Heroes Square


Book Seller

Book Seller


Mum in the tiny lift

Mum in the tiny lift


St Stephens Basilica

St Stephens Basilica


View from Citadel Hill

View from Citadel Hill


Market Hall food

Market Hall food


Dome of St Stephens

Dome of St Stephens


We ate one of these

We ate one of these


Heroes Square

Heroes Square


Castle and museum

Castle and museum


Church where Mum listened to Bach

Church where Mum listened to Bach


Parliament from the boat ride

Parliament from the boat ride


Parliament

Parliament


St Stephens

St Stephens


Yummies at Market Hall

Yummies at Market Hall


Castle

Castle


More yummies

More yummies


Castle

Castle


Park next to Castle

Park next to Castle


Parliament spires

Parliament spires


Tiny lift door

Tiny lift door


Market Hall

Market Hall


View from Citadelle Hill

View from Citadelle Hill


Castle

Castle


Opera House

Opera House


Museum from Gate Tower

Museum from Gate Tower


Museum from Gate Tower

Museum from Gate Tower


Parliament

Parliament


Waterfall from Citadelle

Waterfall from Citadelle


Buda side of River

Buda side of River


Pest side of River

Pest side of River

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Train travel and beautiful Budapest

Up nice and early to catch the 7.20am train to Budapest. Gave us plenty of time to exercise. have breakfast and pack. It was another got night where we slept on top of the sheets.

Went down the 5 flights to the street and one thing I love about Europe is that right next door is a 24 hour pastry shop!! We loaded up with food for the journey – a ham roll each, a massive slice of warm meat pastry ,another long filo pastry looking thing and we still had change our of our 550 dinar. I gave my change to the lady and pointed out that I wanted an assortment of little cake sweets that were priced according to weight so I got a bag full of them as well!!. We managed to offload all of our Serbian money.

We arrived at the station at 7am with plenty of time and our train looks pretty decent . Oh well here's to a day of reading my book and just one border control check at the Hungarian border Slept a lot as we passed fields of corn and wheat dotted with poppies growing wild along the sides of the track. Little villages with racks of corn drying, many that looked very poor with buildings very run down. The train stations were also very run down. No wonder this trip takes over 8 hours – the train never gets faster than 40 - 60 km an hour !

We stopped the Serbian side of the border for about 40 minutes as immigration police came through the train. The train went a short distance and stopped the Hungarian side of the border at 12.30pm as immigration came through and stamped our passport and the followed by customs with a sniffer dog Some people needed to open their bags for inspection but they weren’t even interested in us. One official came through with a ladder and unscrewed a roof opening and checked up in the train ceiling looking for hiding people I guess.

The station in Hungary this happened at looked totally different from the Serbian ones and had no graffiti and looked way more maintained.

Arrived 3.50pm at the main station - Kelati Station which was in a beautiful big old hangar style building with a stunning half dome photo. First stop was to find a toilet where I paid 50 E as I didn't yet have any florinth and got pointed to some toilet paper . Then to money changer where I changed 50 E into 12,500 florints. Then to ticket office to find oath times and cost of trains t Bratislava on Saturday - 19 E and lots of them. Then to another ticket office down underground in the modern metro area where the staff speak english . I told them where I was staying and bought a ticket for 300 florint to go 3 stops to Deak Terac Station.

We arrived at Deak Terac Station and had to laugh at how fast the metro escalators went and spat you off at the end. So glad Mum didn't fall off in a heap!

We came up and were in the middle of a busy restaurant /shopping district on the Pesto side of the Danube River. Right there was a mobile info booth where they speak english ( very helpful!!!) and they pointed out which of the 3 streets in front of us was ours. We ended up walking past our hostel and had to back track and arrived by 5pm.

We were buzzed in a big door into an empty courtyard and climbed up to the 2nd floor ( discovered the REALLY old lift later) and checked in . Mum used the lifts as we came and went but it was so small and creaky that I preferred to walk! The hostel is all on the 2nd floor and is very modern with a big kitchen and common areas. Cost me 12 E a night and we were in a 4 bed room with abig window overlooking a residential courtyard and surrounding apartments.

Some info : Budapest is known as the "Pearl of the Danube" and is made up of 3 distinct towns Obuda and Buda - the historic medieval city on Castle Hill and Pest the administrative and commercial city on the east. In 1873 the 3 towns merged. It now has a population over 2 million.

The heart of Budapest around Castle Hill is beautiful despite suffering many times from invasions by Celts, Romans, Huns, Ottomans and Austrians. In WW2, the city was partly destroyed by allied air raids, and defending German and Hungarian troops caused major damage.

We left at 6pm to wander around and made our way to the Danube River. This city is gorgeous , and bustling. The architecture is beautiful and when yo get to the river it's WOW...... looking over to the hilly Buda side of town with the big palace /fortress on the hill.

Black storm clouds were looming and we did eventually get rain for about 15 minutes. We walked along the riverfront past lovely bronze sculptures and across the stunning old Chain Bridge with its imposing lions guarding the entry either side. I of course had to make my way to the highest point and left Mum having a beer while I found some steps to the top. The view was stunning over to the hundreds of spires on the Parliament building to well laid out gardens below. We wandered around the Pest side again before grabbing fresh bread, tomatoes and eggs from our next door supermarket for a simple dinner back at the hostel. Dinner cost 800 florint - $4 AUD for both of us !!!!

Mum on another long train trip

Mum on another long train trip


Run down Belgrade station

Run down Belgrade station


Belgrade station

Belgrade station


Belgrade station

Belgrade station


Run down Serbian station

Run down Serbian station


We got double the amount of yummy treats or $1.50

We got double the amount of yummy treats or $1.50


Near Serbian border

Near Serbian border


Budapest station

Budapest station


Budapest station

Budapest station


Beautiful buildings

Beautiful buildings


Buda Fortress and impending rain

Buda Fortress and impending rain


Buda Fortress

Buda Fortress


Buildings and gardens

Buildings and gardens


Storm  clouds over the lions of Chain Bridge

Storm clouds over the lions of Chain Bridge


Mum walking over Chain Bridge

Mum walking over Chain Bridge


Lions and Royal Palace

Lions and Royal Palace


View from palace

View from palace


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge


Chain Bridge

Chain Bridge


Road tunnel and funicular

Road tunnel and funicular


Palace

Palace


Boats on the Danube

Boats on the Danube

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