Tag Archives: Budapest

Millenium Monument

Heroes’ Square is one of the major squares of Budapest, rich with historic and political connotations. Its iconic statue complex, the Millennium Memorial, was completed in 1900, the square was named “Heroes’ Square” in 1929.  The square is dedicated to the heroes of Hungary and was originally conceived as a Millennium Memorial for Hungary’s 1000 year anniversary as a […]

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Art Deco and More

Art Deco is everywhere in Budapest, but so are great many  other buildings in Romanesque, Gothic, Gothic Revival, Neo-Classical, Baroque, Hungarian secessionist, Renaissance and modern styles.  For anyone with any interest in architecture Budapest is a treasure trove of amazing examples of different architectural styles – more often than not standing side by side.  

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Hungarian Parliament Building

The Parliament Building  on the bank of the Danube  is currently the largest building in Hungary and together with St. Stephen’s Basilica the tallest building in Budapest standing at 96m. The number 96 refers to the nation’s millennium, 1896, and the conquest of the later Kingdom of Hungary in 896. About one thousand people were involved in construction of the Parliament, during […]

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St. Stephen’s Basilica

The church is named after Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary (c. 975–1038), whose incorruptible right hand is housed in the reliquary.  This is the most important church building in Hungary, one of the most significant tourist attractions and the third highest building in Hungary. Equal with the Hungarian Parliament Building, it is one of […]

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Budapest Day 2

Today on the exploration agenda is more of the Pest side of Budapest.  We are taking it easy today by having a nice, long and relaxing breakfast.  After the breakfast we are heading towards the Danube to see the Parliament Building, The Great Synagogue, Gellert Hotel, Great Market Hall and St. Stephens Basilica, among other […]

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To the Hunt

Meanwhile in the other room at Zeller Bistro a fox hunt themed bachelor party was taking place.  14 crazy Englishmen, a bachelor dressed like a fox and a lot of toasting.  There were two different toasts given in about 5 minute intervals – To the Hunt and What Did The Fox Say!  As the table […]

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Zeller Bistro

As my wife said,  when you come to Budapest but don’t stop by Zeller Bistro, for dinner – you have wasted your trip here.  Zeller is a very small bistro on the Pest side of the city, family own and family run.  They also own a small farm and make their own wine and some […]

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Pest side of Budapest

After a nice visit to Buda site of Budapest we crossed the famous Chain Bridge,  to  Pest side of the city.  This, architecturally speaking, is the modern part of the city.  Pest side of the city is a treasure trove of Art Deco, Neoclassical and Classical architecture, perhaps mores than Prague.  For me that is […]

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Buda Castle

Buda Castle is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest, and was first completed in 1265. In the past, it has been called Royal Palace  and Royal Castle. Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District which is famous for its Medieval, Baroque, and 19th-century houses, churches, and […]

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Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style located on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill  just behind the  Matthias Church. It was designed and built between 1895 and 1902.  Its seven towers represent the seven Magyar tribes that settled in the Carpathian Basin in 896. The Bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city […]

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Matthias Church

Originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, the current building was constructed in the  late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda and the seventh largest church of medieval Hungarian Kingdom.  Officially named as the Church of Our Lady, […]

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The name “Budapest” is the composition of the city names “Buda” and “Pest”  Dating back to before 1 AD Budapest is the 25th most visited city in the world and 6th most visited city in Europe.  Budapest is extensively dotted with World Heritage Sites which include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, […]

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Weekend Pad

This will be our home – away from home, away from home for the long weekend while we explore Budapest.  So far our impressions are pretty good and we are looking forward to staying here and sampling the breakfast tomorrow morning, and each morning after that.   We are about 10 minute walk away from […]

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Getting There

We are on our way to Budapest, Hungary.  It is a great and leisurely drive, the roads are pretty much empty and there is not a lot of construction.  We made 3 quick stops, two of which were to buy road vignettes – a precautionary measure to avoid unpleasantries with border control like the last […]

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