Hungary: Budapest – A Gem Close to Slovakia
If you consider yourself a traveler who doesn't like travelling too much and don't like to travel great distances; or maybe your financial situation restrains you from seeing what you would like to than go to Budapest. Situated in central Europe this city has amazing atmosphere and is pleasure to look at.
The most beautiful vista is the one over the Danube basin. There is a promenade along the river's both banks. Also, you can climb up Gellert mountain and enjoy the vista over the city from up above. Don't let the word mountain fool you. It is not difficult to climb it up. There are several scenic stops. On the very top, there is the Citadel. The vista there, hoewver, is more interesting.
Notice Margaret Island on the Danube. It is easy to access by one of the many bridges. It is quite large regarding its area. Its many parks give you opportunity to relax, or do some sport activities. Visit a small zoo or walk through Japanese gardens. Simply sitting on a bench there is not bad as well. The old water tower which you can see on the island is a sight protected by UNESCO.
One of the best attractions in Budapest is Buda Castle. This major sight sits on a hill and is protected by UNESCO. You can get up to the castle by various means - by cable car, or just walk up asphal road. Both options are enjoyable. You will like the amazing Baroque-style structure at the first sight. On the compound, there is the Museum of History and the Hungarian National Gallery. Both are worth paying attention to.
Budapest has many UNESCO grade sights. The Gothic-style parliament building will amaze you. It is beautiful during day and even more so at night. When the city is encompassed by dark, majestic sights are amazingly illuminated.
Let's see one of the most important squares in Budapest. Hősök tere is protected by UNESCO. Its size and looks make this justified. In its center, there is the amazing Millenium Memorial. On the square's right side, there is the Hall of Art. On the left side, there is the Museum of Art. Those who like to walk can wander to the large park neighboring the square.
Do you consider yourself an active person who loves to wonder around in a city? Then do so and maybe you will enter amazing ZOO with a large fish tank. This is a very popular attraction for children. People who prefer relax over too much activity, can go to thermal baths. There is a lot to do. Budapest is a gem which actually close to our borders. By going not far from home you will experience great things.
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Text and photos: Simona Svanová
After a couple of hours in the train, I arrive in the terminus of Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar. Right the main hall of the train station inspires me to take out my camera from the backpack. It is a pity that one would not see here a steam engine. It must have been beautiful. A stay here for two nights prior my flight to Sri Lanka. I am lucky because I managed to get pleasant accommodation in the city center via AirBnb. It costs only 300 crowns a night...
The picturesque Hungary town of Tihany lies in Vesprem county in the district of Balatonfüred, but such positioning of the Czechs or Slovaks, most will say a lot. Well just add that Tihany is located on a peninsula of Lake Balaton, as many already know exactly where to look.
Near the town of Miskolc in northern Hungary, you may visit Eger, a smaller town by size and famous for its city castle, thermal baths, baroque architecture and the northernmost minaret of the Ottoman Empire. Let's take a look at it right now.
Budapest, capital of Hungary, is better (as mentioned before) to visit with some travel agency for the first time. Circular tour does not miss all most important sightseeings, of course.
Anyway, even without assistance, you are able to find your way.
The city of Győr is located near Slovakia on a half way between Vienna and Budapest. Thanks to its location, number of architectonical sights, cultural and natural gems, Győr is among favorite tourist destinations.
Once one city on the Danube, now two separate cities in two different states. One on Slovak - Komárno and one in neighboring Hungary - Komárom. And the city of Komárom today we head for knowledge of His beauty and rich history.
Szekesfehervar: this town with approx. 100 000 inhabitants (on the way to Balaton Lake) has its extraordinary position in Hungarian's history, as a place where the Hungarian Kings were crowned. As fas as its modern contemporaneity is concerned, well known marks, such as Videoton or Ikarus, are connected with this locality.
The town 10 kilometers away from Balaton’s northwestern bank. It is known for its spas and thermal lake Heviz. All nature that loves warm environment and muddy bedrock found its home here and it also gives some space to the men. Wine grows here great. Egregy hill with vineyards and private vine cellars proves it.
On a confluence of the Mošonský Dunaj and the River Litava, not far from Slovak borders, there is a beautiful town with houses built mostly in baroque or classicist style. The name of the town is Mosonmagyaróvár and it was founded in 1939 when settlements Moson and Magyaróvár merged.
In the last part, we were talking about the history of the town in a beautiful area of the Lower Danube. Today we will talk more about historic sights and town’s icons and also we will focus on tourist industry. Many tourists from far visit Mosonmagyaróvár each year.
Five-parts excursion in Hungary is an inspirative talk about interesting places, life style and history of a state, which have more common things with Czech Republic, as originally expected. So, first part is dedicated to a question, why to visit Humgary, why not to be afraid of non-organized travelling, and we shall learn couple ow words in Hungarian language, too.
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