If you are going to stay in...
If you are going to stay in Budapest more then one day better to buy so called tourist card that will allow you to use any kind of transport and enter museums free of charge . 10$ for 2 days and 13$ for 3 days. You can buy them in the hotels, central metro stations and tourist centers .
The Gellert Monument, of the...
The Gellert Monument, of the martyred Bishop Gellert blessing the city with his uplifted cross, overlooks the Elizabeth Bridge. History tells that he was given the unenviable task of converting the reluctant Magyars (who they called Hungarians today) to Christianity and was revolted by the pagans, who nailed him to a barrel and threw it into the Danube. The hill was hence named after this poor soul. Standing in front of a semi-circular colonnade above a fountain, it is an especially impressive spectacle at night when illuminated.
Hungarian is tough to learn. It is almost completely unlike any language in Europe, with its closest relation being Finnish. If you scour a Hungarian dictionary you will be hard pressed to find a word that looks even remotely English, and the words, if they sound like anything at all, can sound a lot like English curse words, for example cheese is sajt (pronounced ***e) (conversely the English word cookie sounds a lot like the Hungarian word for "small ***").
Numbers are meaningless. In German nine is neun; in French neuf; in Italian nove; in Hungarian killenc. There are few friends in food, except the occasional foreign word like tofu. Potato is burgonya, a mushroom is a gomba, and a main dish sounds almost revolting: foetel. Familiar words turn up in the strangest places, like tombola, which means exactly the same as it does in English.
As expected, English words like ok, cool and hi are universally understood. Also Hungarian follows the rule that "no problem" must be understood everywhere. Here it is the eminently understandable "nincs probléma" (ninch probleyma). Thanks, however, is the clumsy and difficult "köszönöm" (cooss-uh-num), often shortened to the cuter and simpler "köszi" (coo-si).
The great thing about Hungarian, however, is how appreciative the locals are of any effort to learn the language. I managed to enthrall several Hungarians simply by reciting numbers that they picked at random from 1-20. This circus act thrilled them for as many minutes as I had Hungarian numbers memorised.
Thankfully, with such a difficult language, many Hungarians, especially those under 40, speak English. Even those who tell you they don't speak English (out of shyness rather than rudeness) often surprise you by knowing enough English to complete the necessary exchange of words to conclude your business, like numbers and the words of food on a menu. You will easily get by, especially if you know a little Russian or German too.
East European Oldtimer Cars
If you are starting to get fed up with historic buildings or you are a statistician anyway, then why not start counting old East European cars? They are historic as well, at least manufactured before the Eastern revolution in 1989, so about 20 years at least. They look old as well, but what surprised me was the shear amount of them in the streets of Budapest. The technology was simple, but they run and run and run ...
Could you name and recognize them?
Trabant or Trabbi from East Germany! At the souvenir shops you can buy small modells but it was never manufactured in Hungary.
Wartburg also from East Germany
Skoda from Czechoslovakia
Lada from Russia
Dacia from Romania
Polski Fiat from Poland (the car that is smaller than a Smart!)
Please see the picture of a Trabbi at the British Embassy, with a CD numberplate in British Racing Green ! Although it is definitely not the original colour it is a marvellous sight !!
Tündérszikla- The Fairy cliff
My other favourite place in the forest is the Fairy Cliff, (The main pic is from june 2007, while the other photos were made in octber 2007) wich you can find at half way between the Elisabeth Belvedere and the lower station of the Chair lift. In fact, you can take the street wich goes beside the chair lift (only for a while) and shortly (after 500 metres) you will see the Cliff. After another 500 metres you must go into the forest and a quite steep road brings you up there.
It`s not easy but a very big fun the same also because...-->