Tourism in Budapest
Budapest started as a Celtic settlement called Aquincum. It later became a Roman Capital. The Hungarians then took over the place. It was followed by a raid from the Mongol empire. Things settled down when they were taken over by the Ottoman empire.
This led to a 150 years of peace. During that time, Budapest prospered. When Hungary became its own country, Budapest became the capital. It was the center for many important riots, wars and revolutions. In 1949, Hungary became communist. By October 1953, Budapest wanted a democracy.
Peace protests started in the capital. In that year, both the workers and the democrats did riots against the communist party. This was all due to Anti soviet sentiments. They hated that the Soviets lorded over them.
When Hungary declared its intention to leave the Warsaw Pact, the Soviets reacted. They massacred 3000 people in the capital. The Warsaw Pact is like NATO but for the Soviet allies.
Aside from this massacre, Budapest lost half a million Jews. These Jews were killed by the Nazis who took over the place in World War II. After the war, Budapest built a Jewish memorial for those victims.
During the Cold War, Budapest was known as the happiest warring town. Despite much war damage, Budapest managed to keep a few historical buildings in one piece. Many of them had to be rebuilt.
The weather in Budapest is humid. The winters are usually cold, with little sunshine. The summers are really hot. Aprils is usually the best month to visit. It is neither hot, nor cold. Overall, it rains for 78 days of the year.
Despite its tourbulent years, Budapest has many beautiful ancient buildings. It still has buildings from its time as Aquincum. It also has many gothic churches. When it got occupied by the Turks, Budapest got Turkish Baths and a few Mosques. It also has baroque, neoclassical and a few palaces.
On a side note, Budapest has many crime syndicates. The official murder statistics does not represent the true rate of murder. Most people tend to disappear. The gangs like tourists money, so tourists should be relatively safe. You can buy a bunch of contraband goods in the black market.
Tee hee! Just Kidding! In all seriousness, the Budapest governor has to negotiate with those creeps. Keep an eye out for scary looking tuxedo weirdoes and handsome devils. Remember the movie Taken!
Anyhow…aside from fancy buildings tourists should check out traditional Hungarian cuisine. Some of the best dishes are deserts like Gundel Palacsinta. This desert’s main ingredients are nuts and chocolate sauce. It is both yummy and crunchy.
Other yummy delicacies are cold sour cherry soup, Bejgli rolls, Dodos cake, Turkish coffee, Quince and Kifli. All of Budapest restaurants have plenty of international food. In a sense they have, a healthy dose of everything.
The city also has a few municipal parks worthy looking at. The prettiest one is the park on Margaret Island.
The city is home to many thermal springs. It was the original reason why the Romans colonized the city. There are still ruins of the spas built during the Roman years. The new baths were built by the Turks. They are still in use, even today. The most important baths are Kiraly Baths and Rudas Baths.
Another interesting thing in Budapest is Fashion Week. The infamous week is held twice a year. The city fashion designers showcase their new work. It helps them get much needed exposure. This week also shows the work of international fashion designers.
This is just about everything worth mentioning about Budapest. From here on out, this article will focus on this Euro Trip. The first photo shows an interesting panoramic view. The first place this couple visited was the Buda Castle.
It was built facing the Danube River. It was completed in 1265. It was the historical home of the Hungarian kings. Each time Budapest got conquered or trashed, the new ruling family made an addition to the Castle. It shows a healthy combination of all the styles from middle Ages to the Modern Era.
The medieval fortifications have been recently resconstrusted. Part of the 15th century of castle walls got demolished to build a parking lot. Archeologist and locals detested the idea. As of now, there exist a lot of photos showing how the castle used to look like on the inside. It did used to be so pretty.
Outside the castle there are plenty of interesting looking statues. The first one photographed was the Monument of Prince Eugene of Savoy. It was made by Jozsef Rona. It was originally made for a different town, but they could not pay for it. So, the castle kept it.
The next statue photograph was the statue of Stephen I of Hungary. This king fought hard for his throne. His main rival was a pagan relative. He defeated his relative thanks to the help of foreign Catholic knights. For that reason, his statue shows him dressed like a Catholic Emperor.
Near this statue is the Firshermen’s Bastion. It is a neo gothic terrace built near the Buda bank. It faces the Danube River. It is a very popular tourist destination. From there, visitors can see the entire city. It is named after the fishermen who fought to protect this part of the city walls.
From there, this couple visited the beautiful Dohany Street Synagogue. It was built from 1854-1859. It was made when Islamic buildings were popular. It used fancy Moorish decoration. Tourist can also find in the street the Heroes’ Temple, the graveyard, the Memorial and the Jewish Museum.
The leafy street shows the borders of the Budapest Ghetto. Near it is also the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park. Each of the strands represents one of the 400,000 Jews who were killed in WWII.
From there, they took photographs of a lot of other historical buildings. One was a Red Brick Railway Station. It is now a museum. Another interesting place was Matthias Church. It was a gothic church built in the 14th century.
The church gets its name from King Matthias. He commissioned the large southern tower. The church was host to several coronations. According to legend, a statue of the Virgin Mary was hidden behind the wall.
During a siege of the city, the Muslims Turks fired canons against the church. When the wall collapsed, the statue of the Virgin Mary was revealed. This lowered their morale and helped the residents of Budapest fight off the Holy League.
The church is currently being restored to make it look like the original Baroque style church. From there, they visited the Hero’s Square. This place honors the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars. It also showcases other national leaders and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In the area, tourists can also find the Museum of Fine arts and the Mucsarnok or the Palace of Arts. It is an important cultural center. On top of the column is the archangel Gabriel. On his right hand, he holds the Holy Crown of Stephen. He was the first king of Hungary.
By sunset, there was only enough time to visit the Vajdahunyad Castle. It was built in 1896. The castle was to feature several historical landmarks from different parts of the Kingdom of Hungary. It has buildings made from different time periods.
Originally, the building was made from cardboard and wood. Since it became a popular tourist attraction, it got made with stone from 1904 to 1908. It houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture. It is the largest agricultural museum in Europe.
This castle houses the statue of Anonymous. It was made by the Hungarian sculptor Miklos Ligeti. All they know about the man was that he was notary of Bela III of Hungary. He wrote the Deeds of the Hungarians.After sightseeing, this couple went to enjoy the fine cuisine from Budapest. The restaurant they visited featured traditional Hungarian dance and food. It was more of a boat restaurant. It was the perfect finish for a perfect sightseeing tour. The wine was the best.