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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 13th 2022

Today we are in Budapest, and it is the last day of our cruise. The ship continues on to Bucharest for another week, but most of the passengers get off here. There are options to stay in Budapest for a few more days in a hotel or take a bus to Prague for a couple of days also. But we figured two weeks was enough, and we’re tired and ready to head home. The included tour of Budapest is called a Panoramic View of Budapest. In Viking River Cruise speak Panoramic means you get on the bus, they drive you around the city pointing out some of the sites and then drop you in the center of town for an hour or so to shop and drive you back to the ship. That didn’t sound very ... read more
Budapest - Rock Chapel
Budapest - Buda Castle Complex From the Ship
Budapest - Jody at Fountain of King Matthias

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 26th 2022

FRI, 26 AUG 2022 – Day 14: Zagreb - Budapest - Today we’ll cross into Hungary and head for the capital, Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it straddles the historic Danube River and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - its natural geo-thermal springs are a highlight. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, and then use your free time this evening to explore, or join our optional excursion to the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, one of the most famous icons of the city and Europe’s largest medicinal bath. Overnight – Hotel Star Inn Hotel Budapest Centrum, by Comfort... read more
Lake Balaton, Hungary
Lake Balaton, Hungary
Lake Balaton, Hungary

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 8th 2022

We arrived at 2 am and checked into the Marriott for a 3 night stay prior to our cruise. A late start the first morning. After a great breakfast we set off to explore Budapest. The hotel is on the Pest side of the Danube ie the flat side. We walked towards the Parliament building and stopped at the Shoe Memorial. This is a memorial to the holocaust victims who were asked to remove their shoes before they were executed as the leather in the shoes was considered valuable. We continued to explore the city and ventured towards Vorosmarty Square where we had lunch followed by an ice cream. There are ice cream stands everywhere. While having lunch we became aware of something we had not encountered in a long time. Smokers sitting at a table ... read more
Central Market produce
Paprika at markets
Lunch at markets

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 31st 2022

Our morning started with a drive up to Nomafa, a 100 hectares of nature reserve on top of a hill overlooking Budapest. We walked two kilometres to the Elizabeth Lookout tower and went up to see the 360 degree view of the cities and country side. (Remember that I have limited photos from iPad but when I return to Vienna I will post dozens of photos from this trip) A two kilometre waok back to the car was rewarded with a traditional Hungarian food: a langos (see photo). Later in the afternoon we toured the Jewish quarter which is very popular with tourists and celebrities. Then we found the Opera House, Basilica, and parliament buildings. I took tons of photos of grand buildings and street cafes (with other camera). There are many stately universities in this ... read more
Highest view in Budapest
A break in the busy Jewish quarter
Lunch in Turkish restaurant

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest May 30th 2022

Two cities, Buda and Pest, have the Danube river flowing between them. Today we walked 15 kilometres from Pest to Buda and back again. My legs are killing me now. We visited the city market, then the cave church, slowly hiked up to the fortress, visited the palace museum, road a bike on Margaret island, and more. I carried both my camera and iPad, but I didn’t bring the attachment to upload photos from the camera. So here are a few pics from the iPad until I return to Vienna. Then I will create a “best of Budapest” blog. This city has good bones. Buildings are as large and beautiful as Vienna, but several need some polishing to bring them to their former glory. Historic buildings are noble with grand statues and fountains. Streets range from ... read more
The Central Market Hall
Beautiful linens

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 29th 2022

We drove to the shores of the largest lake in Europe, lake Balaton. It is 75 kilometres long and around 12 Kim’s wide. As we approachEd the popular holiday beaches, struck me that it was like Tuscany, from photos I have seen. We stopped to join a dozen people snap selfies in a field of poppies, with the lake in the background. The beaches of Balaton are the most visited tourist area in Hungary. I can see why. Wine country on surrounding slopes, sailboats one the lake, warm beaches, and an endless selection of cafes, wine bars ands children’s parks, this place has something good for everyone. Tihany, a beautiful historic village on a hill overlooking the lake might very well be the spiritual heart of Hungary. The tourist presentations are in English, too. I think ... read more
The most delicious croissant I have ever had
Not too sweet
Swan with tag

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest March 24th 2022

Zebegény - The town has a rich history. By 1251 a Benedictine convent had been built in the valley of the Mill Creek. Records from the 8th century note the existence of the village. The first record of the village name dates from a letter of 1295, when it was called Zebeguen. In the late medieval ages, during the Turkish invasion, the village was almost destroyed. Zebegény and the area repelled the Turkish invasion around 1685. Later the population was reduced by plague. Since the early 1990s, Zebegény has become a popular destination among the people of Budapest. The first villas and week-end houses were built at that time. Due to its extraordinary landscape, healthy, clean air and its historic houses, the town is a favourite week-end retreat among the Budapesters. Starting at the look-out we ... read more

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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest February 11th 2022

Dear Blog Readers, A lot has happened since I was on the phone to the holiday insurance company on Friday 13th March 2020 (unlucky for some….us) as I was bafflingly being told we had to fly out to a country who had already closed their borders due to the COVID outbreak. Thankfully, 24 hours later, they’d seen some sense and we then began the arduous process of claiming everything back and have now waited nearly two years for the opportunity to finally do the trip we’d (sort of) planned. Our BA flight out on Friday evening was as smooth as ever. Laura began her week of boozing by getting a glass of wine, and we had the inflight entertainment of a hen-do a few rows in front (they even managed to get the pilot out for ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest December 28th 2021

Christmas traditions Hungary It was a grey damp morning outside the beautiful Parliament Building but Adam with his story telling and wonderful sense of humour brightened up the day as he walked and explained the traditions of Christmas in Hungary. When the Soviet-backed Communist Party came to power in Hungary after the Second World War, The Communist Party was on a direct collision course with Christmas, a holiday that brought together many Hungarians each year to contemplate and reflect on their faith. Christmas represented a tradition far older than the regime. According to tradition, the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen, was crowned on Christmas Day in 1,000 AD. Christmas was already associated with the sort of commercialized capitalism that Communist dogma frowned upon. The three major sins of Communism — religion, tradition, and capitalism. The ... read more

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