So, lured by the incomprehensible language, as it may seem, and the political developments in the country, I gladly agreed to join my cousins and off we went!
The trip was guided by Ola, half Polish, half Hungarian tour leader and guide, which added enormously in terms of the habits, the language and the history.
Beautifully located on hills with magnificent view over the Danube and Pest.
A place telling the history of the city and Hungary.
|We, three cousins|
|Down there - the Danube|
|us with Aleksandra Rzewuska, the guide|
|The view over the St. Mathias church|
|we are climbing up|
|to see the church. The roof is of ceramic tiles, which seemed to be favourite material for the purpose in the 19 c.|
The great market hall in Pest has also got such a tiled roof
|The view off the hill|
|Inside the church|
|The copy of the royal symbols. The crown is topped with a crooked cross which has an explanation. It happened during a very long journey from Rome to Hungary in deep medieval ages.|
|Coats of arms of the nobility|
|Outside the church, there are tiny relics of the former Dominican convent. The statue tells the story of a monk who set on a journey to the original site the Magyars had come from.|
|The remnants of the Dominican church replaced by Hilton Hotel in the 70s.|
The Castle Hill:
|The Old Town on the Castle Hill|
|Next to the castle - the Municipality|
|The Municipality guarded by the soldiers|
|St. George's Square.|
|There is a funicular going up the castle hill. A view over the Chain Bridge leading to Pest|
A commercial part of the city and also site of the famous Parliament.
All Budapest is fairly new; no medieval or Renaissance structures. Almost all built in 19 c., but it has a very distinct classy look.
|the famous shopping street|
|The uptown cafe|
|Unlike in Poland, the foreign banks in Hungary, pay the taxes!|
|this comes all over Europe now|
|a modern look against the burgeois, Austro-Hungarian style|
|The great market hall featuring the ceramic tiles on the roof|
|Gypsy music every time we went for a dinner|
|Most popular venues are the Csardas|
|The musicians approach you and expect a banknote stuck into the fiddle :)|
|Everyone has a good time|
The Parliament overlooking the Danube: