The people, the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollars/ the British Pounds vs. Hungarian Forints... hehe
Nah, the Danube River is definitely a very memorable site... Taking a stroll along the Danube River on one side, with the Parliament Building on the other side...
15th March - Revolution & Independence War of 1848
The Chain Bridge (Lanchid) on 15th March. 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to the memory of Revolution and Independence War of 1848-1849.
On back, You can see a part of the Buda Castle and the funicular which brings You up/down to/from the Buda Castle.
In front, there is our "national lion" and on back, our "national bird", called Turul, tries to fly away.
The saint Imre church
The neo-baroque cistercitan Szent Imre church was built on Gula Rend Wälder`s plans between 1936 and 1938. You can see this churchalso in my off the beaten patch tip: in fact, it`s situated at the Feneketlen tó (Lake without a bed) and watching it from the other side of the lake (it`s also illuminated in the evenings) it very scenic!
The church has 3 naves.
the main altar represents the scene when Saint Imre, Saint Stephen`s son offers himself to Virgin Mary. The altar painting was created by István Takács while the gided neobaroque wooden statues (Saint Stephen, Saint Margareth and Saint Leslie) are Béla Markup`s work.
Hang out if the weather allows you
People in Budapest (just like everywhere else :) like to hang out if the weather is good.
One of the newest "hang out spots" in the city is the little park on Erzsebet square. You can sit down for a chat or for some relaxation, and there is still a café downstairs if you get thirsty.
The place was originally ment to be the site of the new national theatre, but after the city/government changed it's mind, it bacame a underground parking place and the part above was converted to give place to some recreational areas (park, benches, etc.) and also to an exposition/concert hall.
It's on the side of Deak ter, so all the 3 underground lines will take you there.
'An officer and a gentleman'
In Szabadsag Ter, along with many other monuments (including the famous/infamous Soviet Army Memorial) is a statue of an American Army Officer.
General Harry Bandholtz is remembered in Hungary because, in 1919, he stopped Romanian soldiers from removing treasures from the Hungarian National Museum. Possibly single-handedly, or more or less.....
I like the quote on the monument: 'I simply carried out the instructions of my government as Iunderstood them, as an officer and a gentleman of the Unitd States Army'.
An upright gentleman, most definitely!
Szerbadsag Ter, in the gardens to the left of the Soviet Army Memorial when the Hungarian TV (ex-Stock Exchange) building is on your right.