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Old July 24th, 2008, 02:35 PM   #1
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Budapest – from Nightsky’s Hungary/Poland trip

In June 2008 I spent one week in Warsaw, Krakow and Budapest. We only stayed for 2,5 days after taking the 11 hour long night train from Krakow. We were staying at the Jump In Hostel, a simple, but very nice and cheap hostel right in the heart of Budapest, on the Pest side near Danube. The weather was mostly cloudy, but we also got some sun and it was not cold, about 19 degrees most of the time. The last night we had some real showers however. Budapest is now one of my favourite cities in the whole Europe, but I wish we had more than just a few days to spend in this fascinating Hungarian metropolis.

I was very impressed by Budapest, it is much more diverse than I expected and it has so many rare, beautiful and elegant buildings - even modern ones. It is also fun that many restaurants and stores are opened late at night. The prices were so cheap we could even afford to go to a 5 star restaurant and the bear is extremely cheap. Most people in Budapest were very friendly and they turned out to be pretty good in English, at least they tried. That is good considering we couldn't speak Hungarian, a language that I think sound like a mix of Finnish (it comes from the same language family), Icelandic and Turkish.
Our hostel was situated on the Pest side, the most interesting side in my opinion. The negative side of the city was the huge amount of homeless people, the polluted air (you can actually smell it!) and the pedestrian unfriendly avenues on Pest side (on many intersections you have to walk downstairs under ground where the homeless are sleeping, with no option of escalators just to get up again on the other side of the intersection -a nightmare for disabled ones and not so fun when you are walking with large bags). I also found the metro tickets very expensive, especially considering the small incomes of Hungarian citizens, and it is bad that you are not able to change line without buying a new ticket. We found the metro system is very complicated compared to other cities (lacking in information, and signs that were changing color), and it was sometimes hard to find the stations. The yellow trams, a trademark of Budapest, were really nice, and the cities blue buses and electric buses are completing the tram system. However, sometimes I think we had to wait for too long to get a tram. But besides this I think Budapest is a very modern city and there are very few things that differ it from cities in west Europe, it is even modern, elegant and capitalistic than many large cities in Sweden for example.



The link below will take you to the main page of Budapest:

http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest.html

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Old July 24th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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Skylines and views:


http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_skylines.html

Pest – V: The heart of Budapest (Belváros):



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_V.html

Buda I - Around the Royal Castle:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_Buda_I.html

Pest - VI: Around Andrassy Avenue:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_VI.html

Pest - City Park & Heroes Square:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_Heroes.html
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Old July 24th, 2008, 02:43 PM   #3
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Old July 24th, 2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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Looks great, I was very impressed with Budapest like yuo when I went there a year ago. I love that first picture, the sky is so dramatic and it really looks like it needs to throw it down some!

Look forward to more of your photos.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 12:46 PM   #5
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Pest –Jewish Quarters and Blaha Lujza Square:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_VII.html

Pest - VIII: Around National Museum and Károly Körút:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_VIII.html
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Old July 25th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #6
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Pest - VIII: Kerepesi Cemetary:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_Kerepesi.html

Pest - IX: National Theatre and Concert Hall/Modern Art Museum:



http://www.worldtravelimages.net/Budapest_IX.html
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Old July 25th, 2008, 03:33 PM   #7
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I'm very glad you enjoyed Budapest, hopefully you'll have another chance to visit it, and by that time we'll have less homeless people and cleaner air
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:44 PM   #8
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Beautiful city. Lived there for 6 months a few years ago and loved it. The views from Buda looking over Past are amazing.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:29 PM   #9
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The ticket system in Budapest is not as complicated as you think. You could buy several day passes, that's what many tourists and the locals do. If you are a student, a monthly pass costs 3250 HUF (around 14 €/144 SEK) - not expensive by most standards.

http://www.bkv.hu/english/jegyek/index.html

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