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Old April 18th, 2009, 01:41 AM   #1
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Easter trip to Budapest (and Bratislava)

During easter I went to Budapest to take pictures, meet some relatives, hunt for highrises in the suburbs, take a daytrip to Bratislava and enjoying the spring (28 degrees at the warmest).

The pictures come in a little messy order...

Budapest have, as very many other cities in the old eastern Europe, a lot of commieblocs, but since I didn't take any pictures of them, we'll start of at the South Railway station, Deli pú, close to my hotel. Another architectural masterpiece from the 60s or 70s. Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the frontal facade.

Trackside view. The red trainset to the right is the same as NSB will buy, the Stadler Flirt.


Interior


The sunken plaza in front.




The West line station, Nyugati pú, located on the east side of the Danube




THe Hungarian opera


Metro line 1, the oldest metro in continental Europe. It runs directly under the street.






Váci utca, Budapest's main pedestrian street








Erzebet híd (Elisabeth bridge)


Newer adition to the city's architecture




Not quite as new...








The inside of a traditional city block


The main market hall


detail from the outside roof

I'll promise to post some nicer photos in a later update.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 11:48 AM   #2
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Budapest ranks among my favourite cities, even though I've never visited it myself.
Looking forward to the next set.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Time for some more touristy shots...


Mathias church on the castle hill.


Fishermen's Bastion


The view to the northeast


The Hungarian Parliament. One of the most beautiful buildings in the world in my opinion.












Night view from Margit Sziget.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #4
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Nice one - thanks
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Old April 18th, 2009, 08:17 PM   #5
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Thanks, great pics!
It's a ship on da building!
http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n...dapest/020.jpg
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Old April 18th, 2009, 08:41 PM   #6
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Great pics mate - looks like a bautiful place!

That Parliament is a frigging world wonder, no other building can touch it - amazing!
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Old April 18th, 2009, 08:58 PM   #7
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wow .. don't really know much about budapest... but damn! I never expected it to look this great!

Awesome photos too!
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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:10 PM   #8
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There are no Bratislava pics among those.
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Old April 18th, 2009, 09:34 PM   #9
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Really nice, i can see your 10-20mm lense is working well!

And i completly agree, The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole world, its really stunning!
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Old April 18th, 2009, 10:13 PM   #10
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There are no Bratislava pics among those.
yeah.. of course.... typo
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Old April 18th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #11
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Really nice pictures. Budapest looks awesome, a city I want to visit.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #12
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Really nice pictures. Budapest looks awesome, a city I want to visit.
Let's come to visite!
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Old April 19th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #13
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Thanks kjetilab, Budapest looks awesome! I hope someday to visit that beautiful city.

And the hungarian parliament, no words .
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Let's come to visite!
I sure will someday
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Old April 19th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #15
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Bratislava

Thank you all
Before the last batch of photos from Budapest, let's take a train ride some 250 kilometres to the northwest. To the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. I had never been to the city before, but it deserves more than only half a day.


Bratislava central station




The Victory monument


Poster for a planned 32 story residential skyscraper


New office building for the Unicredit Bank


The TV-tower (I went there) and a Skoda trolley bus


The park behind the presidential palace


Presidential palace. By coincidence I arrived just moments before the Palestinian president Abbas came on a state visit.






The president of Slovakia and the Palestine inspect the honorary guard. The guy behind the flag pole is some kind of security agent I guess










The old town square


The 200 metres tall TV-tower is located in the hills above town. From the bus stop there's a kilometer or so to walk uphill.


Can you spot the tower?


In one of the top "compartments" of the tower there's a restaurant (maybe 80 metres above ground). My final destination




Due to bad light, reflection and dirty windows the view was somewhat spoiled, but the beer was really good (12% alcohol).








Back in town again. This is the castle. Unfortunalty under renovation..




One of the bridges across Danube


More bridges


Skyline shots










Slovakia introduced the Euro from 2009


And finally, the upside-down pyramide of the Slovak radio

That's all I had time for.

Back to Budapest for the final update...
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Great ones of Bratislava! Looks very nice .
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O, I miss Bratislava so much! Thanks for the tour Never got to their central station or castle, so nice to see those pictures.

Hey, that highrise to the right wasn't there when I took the same picture in '06!
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Old April 19th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #18
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Nice pics! You captured the feeling of both cities very well Good to hear that you liked my home city
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Old April 20th, 2009, 09:41 AM   #19
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Beautiful photos of a place I really would like to visit!

Like the Louvre in Paris and the Parliament in London, the Hungarian parliament certainly is among the most beautiful buildings in the world imo...
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Old April 21st, 2009, 06:12 PM   #20
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For Bratislava i must say that looks really great, than i was expected
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