Advertisements
Recent Posts

Out and About in Budapest

20120908-222549.jpg Today was a out and about day in Budapest for Kongo. He visited Hero's Square where Hungary honors its national heroes and the site of a massacre of Hungarian students by the Soviets in 1956, the Castle District in Buda, Saint Stephens Basilica, a walk along the Danube embankment, and a lot more. Another beautiful day. The skies in Budapest have a wonderful shade of blue and we learned that Hungary actually invented just about everything and that their trials in the 20th century were the result of "unfortunately being on the losing side." No matter, it's still a beautiful city.


20120908-223128.jpg
Our tour guide, Klara, keeps us on the straight and narrow and a tight schedule.

20120908-223241.jpg
The Matthias Church in the Castle District on the Buda (western) side of the Danube.

20120908-223503.jpg

20120908-223533.jpg

Hero’s Square where 4,000 were killed by the Soviets during the uprising in 1956.

20120908-223918.jpg
A “Peoples Car” made in East Germany during the Soviet era. It was a 10-year wait for one of these babies AFTER you paid your money.

20120908-224105.jpg
Inside the Matthias Church in the Castle District.

20120908-224345.jpg

The Fisherman’s Bastion in the Castle District. Built in the 18th century, the fisherman who lived below the fortifications on the Danube were responsible for its defense.

20120908-224816.jpg

20120908-224923.jpg

Views of the Danube from the top of the hill in the Castle District.

20120908-225035.jpg

20120908-225150.jpg

Views from the top of Saint Stephens Basilica. There are 330-some steps to get to the top and 330-some steps to get back down again. The 360-degree views from the Panorama Deck is definitely worth the climb.

20120908-225410.jpg

The front facade of Saint Stephens Basilica.

20120908-225516.jpg

The Hungarian Parliament building on the Pest side of the Danube.

20120908-225649.jpg

Bronze shoes serve as an eloquent memorial to more than 3,000 Jews and gypsies who were shot in mass by the Nazis in 1944 and dumped in the Danube. Many of the shoes hold remnants of candles burned to remember the dead.

20120908-225915.jpg

Kongo samples a Hungarian beer at a sidewalk cafe in Budapest.

20120908-230041.jpg

A view of Saint Stephens from the side.

Travel safe. Have fun.

Advertisements
About Kongo (668 Articles)
Kongo is a traveling monkey owned by a nice man who has a soft spot for simians. Follow Kongo at www.travel-monkey.me and on Twitter @kongomonkey

8 Comments on Out and About in Budapest

  1. Awesome photos and weather looks fantastic

    Like

  2. All is forgiven. He looks great in his badge. Budapest doesn’t look too shabby either.

    Like

  3. Great photos! We’ll be there soon!

    Like

  4. I have heard good things about Budapest. Thanks for the photos. Now I know I want to go. The photo of the shoes is haunting. I love it. Nice work.

    Like

  5. Beautiful photos!

    Like

2 Trackbacks / Pingbacks

  1. Budapest Revisited | Travel Monkey
  2. Once you go to Budapest… | Wandering on the Weekends

What do you think?

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: