Watching the fireworks on Aug 20 - the day of Saint Stephen and one of the greatest celebrations of the year.
The city is illuminated beautifully and the fireworks display was amazing. Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities on this planet and on such occasions it shows even more of her splendour.
Please see my Millennium travelogue for more
In my opinion one of the most attractive avenues in the city ...full of precious buildings with St stephan Basilica in one end and Heroe's square in the other passing by Oktogon square a real hub in the city and the Opera neoclassician building..besides this is the best way to get the lively area of Lizt F Ter
The Jewish District continued
The National Jewish Museum situated by the Great Synagogue.
On display are artifacts and art from the long history of Hungarian Jewry. The last of the four rooms is given over to a moving exhibit on the Holocaust in Hungary. (Note the open hours: May-Oct only, Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm, Fri 10am-3pm, and Sun 10am-1pm.) The synagogue courtyard can be entered through the rear of the complex on Wesselényi utca.
Inside the courtyard is the still-expanding Holocaust Memorial
Designed by Imre Varga, a wonderful contemporary Hungarian sculptor, the memorial is in the form of a weeping willow tree. Thin metal leaves, purchased by survivors and by descendants to honor relatives who were victims, are slowly filling the many branches. The courtyard behind the memorial is called the Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park, in honor of the Swiss diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish lives in wartime Budapest. The names of some of Budapest's "righteous Gentiles" are inscribed on four pillars.
At just 20kms north of Budapest and a very popular tourist spot, Szentendre is hardly 'off the beaten track', but it is outside Budapest, hence it being in this section :)
The town is known as the southern gateway to the 'Danube Bend' where the river does a dog's leg and makes a fairly dramatic left turn north of the town. It has, like most of the river settlements, a long and violent history - Celts, Romans, Magyars. But it became a prosperous place by the 14th century and this is when there was a wave of new immigrants - Serbian Orthodox Christians - who are responsible for the 'Balkan appearance' of the town with their churches in particular. The peaceful existence was shattered by the invading Ottomans and Szentendre was deserted by the end of the 17th century. But not for long - Hungary was liberated not long afterwards, but fightig continued in the Balkans. So back came the Serbs (and others) and new churches were built.
The air of religious tolerance, the position on the banks of the Danube and its proximity to Budapest soon started to attract tourists in the early 20th century and, importantly for the development of the town, artists. Soon an artists colony developed and, where's there's art, there's more tourism. Now the town thrives on it and, whilst it can get incredibly busy with tourists, its a delightful town with churches, museums, river walks, artists studios, galleries etc to keep you occupied for a day out.
It's very easy to get to - buses from Árpád híd station (less than 1 hour) a minimum of every hour or trains from Batthyány tér in Buda (40 minutes) every 20 minutes.
Iys a typical house styles to get a courtyard inside the building ...its nice and i bring back some memories from the eixample quarter in Barcelona
here the door house of my friend Linda who is living in budapest