Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

Number One Tourist Attraction In Budapest - Castle Hill - Bright Sunny...

The Whimsical Fisherman's Bastion Is The Perfect Viewpoint For An Overview Of...

The Most Striking Building On The "Pest' Side Of The Danube Is...

Looking Upstream, One Can See Margaret Island, Connected To Buda And Pest...

However, It's The 'Chain' Bridge That Is The Most Famous And Most...

Here's A View From A Different Angle, It Looked Pretty Walkable To...

After Walking Across The Brooklyn Bridge In New York, We Just Had...

We Spotted A Canadian Flag Just As We Completed Our Walk, Just...

To Our Surprise And Delight, We Entered The Canadian-Owned Four Season Hotel...

We Love Exploring These 5 Star Hotels, They Are Usually So Beautiful...

We Chatted With The Front Desk Manager, And Before We Knew It,...

What A Difference A Day Makes! We Headed Back To Castle Hill...

We Just Had To See What The View Was Like When The...

After Purchasing Tickets For Budapest Opera, We Made Our Way To The...

The Owner Of Our Rental Apartment Had Told Us About The Amazing...

Coffee Would Have Been Great On That Cool Afternoon, But We Opted...

We Bought A Seven-Day Transit Pass And Enjoyed Getting Around On The...

I Won't Bore You With All The Photos Of The Buildings That...

Anil Pointed Out This 'Adapted' Fire Hydrant, They're Unusual Enough Without The...

The Performance Of Figaro Started at 11:00am On November 11th, There Should...

I Think Everyone Lost Sight Of The Significance Of The Hour Because...

We Were Lucky To Get The Last Two Seats On The Main...

However, If We Ever Come Back Again, I Would Like To Try...

We Weren't Allowed To Take Photos During The Performance, But I Managed...

Monday Was Our First Day Of Light Rain In Budapest, So We...

There Are 12 Indoor And 5 Outdoor Pools In Total, All With...

Anil Loved Getting A Complimentary Massage While Soaking In The Healing Waters

These Men Were Busy Playing Chess For The Entire 3 Hours That...

Not One Of Them Even Looked Up When I Stood To Take...

We Wanted To Enjoy The Good Weather Once It Returned So We...

This Quirky Place Was Established To House The Soviet Statues That Were...

This Used To Be A Massive Monument Dedicated To Stalin, The People...

I'm Not Sure Of The Original Purpose Of This Monument, But It...

This Interesting Monument Relates To The Spanish Civil War, We Recognized Many...

We Didn't Take A Guided Tour, But Most Of The Monuments Were...

However, This One Was Rather Unusual, It Would Have Been Interesting To...

There Were Plaques On Each Of The Monuments, Noting Where They Originally...

Visitors Were Invited To Enter This Phone Booth And 'Call' Stalin, Lenin...

It Was Only 3:30pm But The Sun Was Setting, It Gets Dark...

We Made Our Way Down To The Danube And Took A Public...

It Was Hard To Get Shots Of The Distant Buildings, But The...

On Our Last Day In Budapest, We Put Our Transit Passes To...

After Riding On The Metro And Then A Tram, We Changed To...

Cog Railways Climb By Gripping A Centre Rail With 'Teeth'

After A 15-Minute Ride Through The Wealthy Suburbs, We Changed To The...

The Hungarian Language Is Almost Unique In The World, It's Closest Relative...

We Took Our Seats In The Quaint Interior Of The Rail Cars...

The Engineer Is An Adult (Thank Goodness!) But Children Manage The Signals...

Even The Ticket Taker Is A Youngster, He Obligingly Agreed To Pose...

We Stopped At Several Small Stations Along The 12km-Route Though There Were...

I Was Pleased To See That Some Girls Are Participating As Well,...

The Scenery Was Spectacular, Autumn Is Past Its Prime, But We Still...

After Spending Most Of Our Time Along The Banks Of The Danube,...

We Returned By Tram To The City Centre, Then Dined At A...

We Ended Our Stay In Budapest By Walking Down From Gellért Hill...


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BACKGROUND

In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Central Europe chapter on Hungary and Liechtenstein:

There’s no other Hungarian city like Budapest in terms of size and importance. Home to almost 20% of the national population, Hungary’s capital is the nation’s administrative, business and cultural centre; everything of importance starts or finishes here.

But it’s the beauty of Budapest – both natural and constructed – that makes it stand apart. Straddling a gentle curve in the Danube, the city is flanked by the Buda Hills on the west bank and the beginnings of the Great Plain to the east. Architecturally, it is a gem, with enough baroque, neoclassical, eclectic

and art nouveau elements to satisfy anyone.

Strictly speaking, the story of Budapest begins only in 1873 with the administrative union of three cities that had grown together: Buda, west of the Danube; Óbuda (Buda’s oldest neighbourhood) to the north; and Pest on the eastern side of the river. But the area had already been occupied for thousands of years.

The Romans built a settlement at Aquincum (Óbuda) during the first centuries of the Common Era. In the 1500s, the Turks arrived uninvited and stayed for almost 150 years. The Habsburg Austrians helped kick the invaders out, but then made themselves at home for 200 more years.

In the late 19th century, under the dual Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the population of Budapest soared. Many notable buildings date from that boom period. The 20th century was less kind. Brutal fighting toward the end of WWII, with Hungary on the losing side, brought widespread destruction and new overlords, this time the Soviets.

The futile 1956 revolution left thousands dead and buildings that to this day remain pockmarked with bullet holes. Thankfully, those times feel long gone. With Hungary a member of the European Union, Budapest is once again a sophisticated capital of a proud nation with a distinctive heritage.


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