A Travellerspoint blog

Day 14

To Brno, Czech Republic

Walked through Margaret Island-close to the city, 2.5km long. Beautifully kept gardens, similar to our King's Park.
DSC00480.jpg

DSC00483.jpg

Thoughts on Budapest;

  • Almost everyone we came into contact with speaks English.
  • Very cheap accommodation & food.
  • Unusual breakfast-potato salad, green salad along with cooked sausages, ratatouille(with paprika of course), no eggs, lots of raw paprika!!
  • Very clean, safe city. Never felt threatened.
  • Huge contrast between newly renovated buildings and old damaged ones. Some public transport modern & new, and others very old and degraded.
  • Once out of the city, not much tourist information available or obvious!

Traditional foods; Lanos (fried dough base with cheese, garlic sauce & sour cream topping), Goulash soup (not stew)-Yum!
Fruit flavoured brandy-Palinka (plum or peach)

Caught afternoon train to Brno, Czech Republic, 4hrs $24. Second largest city in Czech Rep.
Wow, I thought Hungary was cheap, we just ate dinner- pasta main $5 & 500ml (Czech) beer $1.50!!

Posted by warnerc5 03:31 Comments (0)

Day 13

Danube Bend

Caught bus first to Szentendre- traditional Hungarian village, then to Vicegrad- town on Danube bend with a castle at the top of a hill. We climbed the hill-50 min to castle , then down to a second castle and back into town. Pretty town.
Continued onto Esztergom-another castle town & on border of Slovakia.
Surprised at how little tourist information is available at these smaller towns, and trip home was a lengthy one after walking to the mapped train station & finding out that it is under construction with no trains running, so had to wait for a bus to transfer us to closest train station-1hr away! Long day!
DSC00463_J..grad_castle.jpg

DSC00466_J..d_Viscegrad.jpg

Posted by warnerc5 13:10 Comments (0)

Day 12

Good day! Cool day-14'.
Heroes' Square first-statues of war heroes & kings. Walk through City Park to Szechenyi Baths. Amazingly beautiful! Many warm spa baths in Budapest. Didn't go in-cosy warm in our own clothes on a cold day already!

DSC00408_J..enyi_Baths2.jpg

Caught bus to Citadel and walked down Gellert Hill to Gellert Baths-even more beautiful. These were the original baths. Exclusive Men or Women baths as well as combined pool. Magnificent hotel built around them.

DSC00414_J..lert_Baths1.jpg

Walked across Liberty Bridge to City Markets (huge undercover markets).
Callum left us to return to Gellert Baths for spa ($20Au).
Craig & I walked to Parliament House & Jewish Shoes Memorial on Danube bank.

Jewish Shoes on Danube bank

Jewish Shoes on Danube bank


DSC00425

DSC00425

Caught up with Cal again & went for afternoon coffee at New York Cafe (voted 'The Most Beautiful Cafe in the World'). $20Au for coffee & cake for 2.

90_DSC00435_J..w_York_Cafe.jpg

C8190FB82219AC6817050798D005B714.jpg

Rugged up for night river cruise up & down the Danube-Great!

DSC00448.jpg

Posted by warnerc5 12:37 Comments (0)

Day 11

After a late arrival (Budapest Marathon closed down half city) used Hop On Hop Off Bus for most of day. Stopped at Castle Hill-plenty to see! Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Buda Castle. Walked back up the hill in pm (150 steps). Caught bus to Citadel Hill-great views over all Budapest.
Rain started in the pm, little wet but carried on to Liszt Ferenc Ter (great eating quarter with heaps of restaurants & nicely lit up street).

DSC00372.jpg

DSC00363.jpg

DSC00387.jpg

Posted by warnerc5 11:32 Comments (0)

Day 10

Up early to drive to Rome to catch Ryanair plane to Budapest (1hr 20min $80ea). Good flight.
Great new hotel (Green Hotel)-big rooom, about 5km from centre but Metro close by. Walked through centre for couple of hours to aquaint ouselves. Big city! Plenty of wonderful buildings. Lots of street life.
Dinner at hotel restaurant - $10 ea for meat, veg & BIG beer!!

Posted by warnerc5 12:04 Comments (0)

(Entries 41 - 45 of 54) « Page .. 4 5 6 7 8 [9] 10 11 »