Beyond Chicken Paprika and Goulash
There really is more to Hungarian Cooking than Chicken Paprika and Goulash( delicious as this is, and everyone must at least have one dish before leaving Hungary). There are many other dishes that makes Hungarian Cooking unique. 1. The "Fozelek"- (the accent on letters are dropped for English readers) is a thick -soup-sauce-like dish made from any number of vegetables in season such as greenbeans,yellowbeans, greenpeas, spinach,squash,cabbage,carrots,potatoes, etc. There is a very good fast food outlet specialiszing in this fare on Nagymezo u. near the corner of Andrassy ut. But unlike most fast food outlets the result is as close to home cooking as it can be. 2. Mostly in the summer season, there are various fruit soups(gyumolcs leves), cherries, apples, peaches etc, Very very tasty they are. 3. Poppy-seed dishes(mak or makos) and deserts are all worth a try (for years poppy seed was banned for consumption in North America and other places because of its association with opium). These dishes can be pasta, panckake, pastry etc. TRY THEM. 4. Chestnuts are also used in sauces and pastry and if you see something with "geszteny"have a go for it. 5. Vadas or wild-dish has a unique sauce with szemlegomboc or breadcrumbballs and you absolutely must try it-im only suprised it is not as famous as Chicken Paprika (today it is mostly made with beef). 6. Rostelyos is a topping of onions on a beef steak- the onion is slightly breaded, cut thin thin, and mmmmmm, you will love it. 7. Duck(KACSA) meat is very common in Hungary, so try this as well (not just the goose liver). 8. Stuffed and Layered meals, like peppers, cabbage, panckakes etc are also interesting and popular. 9, There is a curd like cheese used in the cooking called "turo" which again must be tried, main meals and desserts, as this is very very local. I could go on and on and on! As an expatriate, when I first went back to live in Hungary, I was often asked why? And I honestly told everyone that I Missed the Noodles.
Szecheny Lanchid at night
This city is fill by Danibe river that splits the city in two, but joining it at the same time. Danube as sea in some other cities gives an other dimension and become a more beautiful city and a breath in the middle of huge streets and squares..
About 6 bridges cross the Danube the most famous it is (on this pic), but there are 2 more southern that deserve the visit, Erzs?bet and Szabads?g Hid (or bridge)
Egyetemi templom (church of the University)
This is the biggest baroque church in budapest. It was built by the Paulita order and by many called the most beautiful. The church-wich also needs a complete, both external and internal-renovation, is incorporated in the Eötvös Lóránt university (here is an archive image from the period when the University wasn`t built yet and the eastern facade still could be seen) and on the opposite side it has an own chloster building. You can notice the two tall towers from a big distance (an advice: approach it from the nearby Károly garden from wich there is a splendid view of the church).
The paulita monks took more than 50 years (1725-76) to built this church and they didn`t spare the marble and the gold to decorate it.
After the dismission of the paulita order (yes, again Joseph the second) it was interconnected to the usinversity.
To be noticed the stirring I.st word war memorial relief on the facade.
15th March - Petofi statue replica
The 15th March is a National Holiday in Hungary to commemorate the revolution of 1848.
At this time major festivities are being held around the city, one of the biggest ones at the Petofi statue (he was a great Hungarian poet/writer and also a leader of the revolution).
This temporary "statue" near the original one is a replica of the Petofi statue, installed only for the events of the day. The original (just like the replica on that day...) is on Petofi ter, on the Danube corso, near the Elisabeth Bridge (Pest side).
A trip to Szentendre
One of the most popular day trips from Budapest is a visit to the nearby Szentendre. It is a small picturesque town located some 20km north of Budapest. Originally a Serbian and Greek refuge from the Ottomans, the community managed to retain its traditionally orthodox religious beliefs by gathering in simple wooden churches to worship. During the Habsburg era, wooden structures were largely replaced by Baroque stone buildings, while commerce also flourished in the form of wine and textile trading.
Today, Stentendre is one of the most popular tourist areas in Hungary, offering an almost surreal air of calmness and serenity. It is also home to a young and influential community of artists.
Although there are suburban HEV trains that will take to you Szentendre in 30 minutes or so, don't miss an opportunity to take a boat trip since this makes the experience of a day trip even more enjoyable.