Hungary day 7 Matyas Church Fishermans Bastion Margaret Bridge Parliament tour

Day 7 (drive, walk) – Budapest Castle area, Citadel, Matyas Church (Matthais), Fisherman’s Bastion, Parliament building tour, Margaret Bridge.

Independence monument Liberty statue Budapest

126 – Independence monument (Liberty statue) Budapest


Last day in Hungary – early morning (relatively) departure the next day (Tuesday 23 October 2012) so this is the last trip report and photo collection.

Was tempted to drive somewhere again but settled for just ambling about Budapest some more. Since it was a holiday, driving in the city was pleasant and traffic free, car parking was easy and free. A happy bonus to compensate for being stuck for a couple of hours in Budapest traffic on Friday when everyone was escaping the city for the long weekend.

Started with another trip up the hill to get some earlier in the morning photos. Walking to the castle area got blocked by a film crew who were spending the day there. I told the gatekeeper my name was Russell Crowe from New Zealand, and I was supposed to be there throwing spears and waving swords about. He said not bloody likely, it’s a Swedish film. I asked if it was any good. He said no, probably boring.

Later visited the Hungarian Parliament building for a tour (free for EU citizens but book early in the day). Quite an unexpectedly stunning interior. Not sure what Hungarian taxpayers think about it – the building cost was apparently equivalent to the price of constructing a small town.

And that was pretty much it. Time to pack and prepare for return trip. More Hungarian food for dinner (no, not a pizza this time, but I forgot what it was – pork schnitzel or something).

Overall, I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but for a grand historical European city with nice buildings and tree lined streets, I really enjoyed Budapest. Plenty of concerts, opera, etc if you like that sort of thing, and ticket prices very cheap. Easy to walk around, reasonably priced food and drink if you stay out of the tourist-priced places. It was not actually forward planning on my part, but it turned out to be very interesting to be in Hungary at this time for historical reasons – the 1956 uprising in Hungary started on 23 October.

Photos

Budapest Liberty Statue Independence Monument early morning

076 – Budapest Liberty Statue Independence Monument early morning

Budapest view from Citadel early morning

093 – Budapest view from Citadel early morning

Budapest river Danube view from Citadel early morning

122 – Budapest river Danube view from Citadel early morning

Walk up to Buda Castle area

137 – Walk up to Buda Castle area

Mathias Church Budapest - Matyas Templon

161 – Mathias Church Budapest – Matyas Templon

162 - Fisherman's Bastion viewpoint over Budapest

162 – Fisherman’s Bastion viewpoint over Budapest

168 - Fisherman's Bastion and Mathias Church

168 – Looking up towards Fisherman’s Bastion and Mathias Church

Hungarian Ministry of Defense and top of Buda hill funicular

193 – Hungarian Ministry of Defense and top of funicular up to Buda hill

Authentic Hungarian Foods Buda Castle area

211 – Authentic Hungarian Foods is easy to find – look for signs saying “Authentic Hungarian Foods”.

Margaret Bridge (Margit) Danube river Budapest

230 – Margaret Bridge (Margit Bridge) Danube river Budapest

  • 230 – Margaret Bridge (Margit Bridge) is bent in the middle due to stronger current flow in the middle of the river dragging the center post downstream over the centuries.
Matchstick model of Hungarian parliament building

245 – Matchstick model of Hungarian parliament building in Budapest

  • 245 – Matchstick model of parliament building. The story is that it was built by a Hungarian family who wanted to donate it to the government. But it was too big to be removed from their house through the front door. So the house was demolished, and the government gave them a new house. I might have misremembered this story but it was something like that.
Interior staircase of Hungarian Parliament building

281 – Interior of Hungarian Parliament building

Hungarian Parliament House of Lords Budapest

351 – Hungarian Parliament House of Lords where the politicians sit and do their work in Budapest

October 1956 uprising photo display parliament Budapest Hungary

383 – temporary photo display outside the parliament building in Budapest commemorating October 1956 uprising

  • 383 – Outside the parliament building was a temporary display of photos commemorating the 1956 uprising (revolution, or protests), which started on 23 October 1956. Hungarians protested against the Soviet backed Hungarian government, which collapsed, and the Soviets pulled out (briefly), after several days of fighting and bloodshed. In early November 1956, the Soviet military forces returned and put the revolution to an end, bringing down the Iron Curtain again. The USA sort of supported the revolution but then chickened out because of the Suez Canal events at the same time, and the USA didn’t want to look like hypocrites (they didn’t criticize the British and French, so refrained from criticizing the Soviets is one story – but that might just be the start of a lengthy political argument). How much difference that made is an academic question now of course, but was probably a very painful one at the time for those caught up in the events.
Hungarian television station building for MTV (Magyar TV?)

413 – Hungarian television station building for MTV (Magyar TV I think, not Music TV).

  • 076 – Start again at the Budapest Citadel, better light earlier in the morning.
  • 093 – Early morning Budapest.
  • 122 – Citadel.
  • 127 – Citadel.
  • 137 – Walk up to Buda Castle area.
  • 161 – Mathias Church.
  • 162 – Fisherman’s Bastion viewpoint over Budapest.
  • 168 – Looking up towards Fisherman’s Bastion and Mathias Church.
  • 185 – Budapest view from Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • 193 – Hungarian Ministry of Defense and top of funicular up to Buda hill.
  • 211 – Authentic Hungarian Foods is easy to find – look for signs saying “Authentic Hungarian Foods”.
  • 230 – Margaret Bridge (Margit Bridge) is bent in the middle due to stronger current flow in the middle of the river dragging the center post downstream over the centuries.
  • 245 – Matchstick model of parliament building. The story is that it was built by a Hungarian family who wanted to donate it to the government. But it was too big to be removed from their house through the front door. So the house was demolished, and the government gave them a new house. I might have misremembered this story but it was something like that.
  • 281 – Interior of Hungarian Parliament.
  • 351 – Hungarian Parliament where the politicians sit and do their work.
  • 354 – Not a Hungarian politician.
  • 383 – Outside the parliament building was a temporary display of photos commemorating the 1956 uprising (revolution, or protests), which started on 23 October 1956. Hungarians protested against the Soviet backed Hungarian government, which collapsed, and the Soviets pulled out (briefly), after several days of fighting and bloodshed. In early November 1956, the Soviet military forces returned and put the revolution to an end, bringing down the Iron Curtain again. The USA sort of supported the revolution but then chickened out because of the Suez Canal events at the same time, and the USA didn’t want to look like hypocrites (they didn’t criticize the British and French, so refrained from criticizing the Soviets is one story – but that might just be the start of a lengthy political argument). How much difference that made is an academic question now of course, but was probably a very painful one at the time for those caught up in the events.
  • 413 – Hungarian television station building for MTV (Magyar TV I think, not Music TV).
  • 423 – Hungarians traditionally ponder their shoes on Monday evenings, hence the statue reflecting this habit.
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