ME Travel - Budapest is a city of contradictions. The first thing I noticed were the hills of Buda and the flat of Pest. But you also can see old versus new, traditional versus hip, and western versus Oriental.
Visit the history and art of museums, palaces and monumental buildings. Spend hours in trendy shops and galleries or relax in a thermal bath. Everywhere in the city you can find some nice food, and in the evening, you can go to one of the many clubs or ruin bars. Below my 8 Instagram pictures of my trip to Budapest.
Three became one. The previously separate towns of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest were in 1873 officially unified and given the new name Budapest.
View to Pest from the higher Buda.
2. The Hungarian Parliament Building
View from Buda Castle - the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest - to Pest at the other side of the river. Next to the river you see the The Hungarian Parliament Building. It's the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest with the same height as the basilica in Budapest.
The Parliament Building is 268 metre (879 feet) long and 123 metre (404 feet) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms and have a height of 96 metre (315 feet). Impressive, isn't it?
3. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge
For some reason I am always interested in bridges. I do not know why, but the architecture of these old bridges is usually magnificent.
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary; opened in 1849.
4. Hungarian winters
When I stood here and looked around me, I saw that even winter days can have great sunsets.
It was cold outside and the wind made it even colder, so cold that I could hardly move my fingers anymore. But somehow I could enjoy this sunset. You like winters?
5. Fisherman's Bastion
Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest is without a doubt one of Budapest's top attractions. If you stand here and look at the panoramic view with the Danube river, you almost feel like you're in a fairy tale.
The bastion has seven towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who settled in this area in 895 and later formed the foundations of what is now Hungary. The bastion was designed and built between 1895 and 1902.
I love these cute yellow trams. But where is number 48?
7. Buda Castle
View from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to the Buda side of the river. You can see Buda Castle in the background.
Buda Castle or the Royal Palace is the historical castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Budapest. It was first completed in 1265, but the massive Baroque palace today occupying most of the site was built between 1749 and 1769. The castle now houses the Hungarian National Gallery and The Budapest History Museum.
8. Heroes' Square
'Hősök Tere' or 'Heroes' Square' is one of the major squares in Budapest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The construction began in 1896 to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the Hungarian conquest of the Carpathian Basin and the foundation of the Hungarian state in 1896.
The square is dominated by the Millennium Monument, built from 1896 to 1922.
Something remarkable: the Millennium Underground under the square is the first underground system in continental Europe.
TEXT & PICTURES
Thierry Hanan Scheers
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Thierry Hanan Scheers
With a backpack and hiking boots Hanan travels around the world. Destination? Somewhere, nowhere and everywhere.
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