2014 Central Europe

Hop on/hop off in Budapest

DSC04532Today we did the most touristy thing you can do. We took the Hop on/hop off bus through town. For only 5900 forints, that’s about 170 SEK or € 19 for a very convinient means of transportation that actually takes you to the places you want without too much hassle since they go from attraction to attraction. We used the red line.

Our first stop for today was Hősök tere or Heroe’s Square. A huge square with a monument showing of important characters in Hungarian history. There is also a grave for the unknown solider to commemorate all the fallen heroes that have fought for Hungarys freedom. From the square we went to a cafe bar and had a small lunch at a place called “Kaffe & Kaka”, just like in Ukraine. Or maybe not, but it was a nice place.

DSC04569Then we back tracked a bit along the “Champs Elyseeus of Budapest” Andrassy ut to Andrassy ut 60 and the House of Terror. It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist dictatorial regimes in 20th-century Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building. A very good exhibition in my opinion, interesting in many ways and leaves you with a small feeling of disgust of what political extremism can do.

When we were done with that we walked to the opera house and waited for the hop on/hop off bus there and then proceeded to the Budapest Castle district. After getting off the bus we started walking towards the Fisher Bastion and came upon a church, Matthias Church which we entered. It only cost 1200 forints each. For once, a church that allowed people to take photos inside. After the church we walked towards the Fisher Bastion again, and discovered that if you want to walk onto it you need to pay an entrence fee as well and that felt a bit ridiculus when we could get the same view of Budapest just below the bastion.

DSC04679Having “leached” a few pics of Budapest we started walking towards the Budapest castle instead. We found some nice statues and fontains, some more nice views and so on. We never entered the castle though since we were slowly running out of time. Then we headed back to the bus stop again, took the bus down the castle hill and into downtown Budapest again where some kind of festival was taking place around a big ferris wheel.

A late dinner at some bar/restaurant and then back to the hotel for updates, packing up our stuff and prepaere for tomorrow. Train ride to Bratislava!

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