Tour of Budapest

Trip Start Apr 07, 2012
Trip End Nov 14, 2012

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What I did
lots, it was hop on, hop off bus trip

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

It was up to a wet morning, the rain started bout 2 am, and just went on till I got up at 6; 30
After a bit of breakfast, a bus trip was decided, hop on, hop off (it's the best way to see London, so I thought it would be a good way to see Budapest)

It was a performance finding and getting 2 buses into town, but as usual it sorted its self

After walking the banks of the Danube, we found the hop off, hop on bus, boughtr the tickets and hopped on, they had head phones with English dialogue, so I at least knew what I was looking at (but I may not remember them all here) we even had a short boat trip, just to sail down the Danube (it 2800 kms long and travels through 4 countries, starts off in Germany and finishes into the Black sea)

We saw the Parliament buildings, very swank (but they all are)

The whole place has been rebuilt since the war, over 80% of the place was destroyed (Germans to start with, then the Red Army a few years later, ) they have done a pretty fair job of reproducing the  old style of the buildings, some of the older buildings still bear the scars of bullet, shell and shrapnel strikes, they did mention on the head sets about famous Hungarians (couldn’t have been that famous I have never heard of them or even remember the names of them, I did find a great statue of a hussar, no name, but he looked good)

There is an island in the middle of the Danube, named after some kings daughter, she was exiled there and being very religious ended up being a nun, they had a bridge named after her (the Elizabeth bridge) but all the bridges were destroyed during the war (not sure if it was the Hungarians, the Germans or the Russians) but they have all been rebuilt in the style they were originally, and a pretty good job they have done was well

We got to the highest point in Budapest, and there were various monuments depicting statues with olive branches and eagles, and the Heroes Square of various heroes’ in Hungary’s history (all in various poses

I never knew it but Budapest is actually 2 cities separated by the Danube, on side is the business side and the other is the fun side (I couldn’t tell the difference, they both looked post communist, and smiling didn’t seem to be high on anyone’s list of things to do, but one side is Buda and the other side Pest)

All the pictures of the Danube I have seen show it very blue and quite nice, today, it was just gray, fast flowing and definateling not inspring at all, I guess they dont make love songs about the Danube in April

Anyway, on to the pictures, I’ll try and give as much info as I can remember but there are no promises

(The hill, (mountain) I went up yesterday, 529 meters high, no wonder I was knackered at the top)
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Michael D on

Good selection of pictures.

rossport on

looks like u saw a fair bit if the city mate and bet it was interesting

Anne on

Look really nice

derrick241 on

It was good wandering about, but we still had a time restriction on us, thats why we used the hop on, hop off, it was the best way to get around and see as much as we did, never had done it walking

rossport on

its a bit like all tours mate that are organised a matter of u have so many nano seconds to see that site or that one then back on the bus for the next stop but it also gives u a taste and if like nancy an me we go back and see the place properly if it really appeals to us

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