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Avoiding False Colours in your Night Pictures
Favorite thing: One of the things that make Budapest such an attractive and atmospheric place is the amount of monuments and houses being lit at night.
The light of the lamps used has a pretty high content of red light causing especially digital cameras to yield unbalanced pictures. The professionals probably know how to perfectly adjust the white balance, but it might as well work if you just change the white balance setting of your digital camera from "auto" or "daylight" to "indoor".
The left picture was shot with an automatic white balance setting clearly being too much in the red. The right one was taken with white balance setting changed to indoor.
Favorite thing: While I was walking around one evening on Vaci I heard some wonderful music from the distance. The music had a wonderful melody with flutes and chimes so I followed the music and was pleasantly surprised.
The musicians where dressed in Indian attire. From what I could gather, it was more like Native South American wear. The music was so lovely and there was a large crowd gathered around them. Apparently they also have their music recorded for sale.
Grafitti everywhere I looked
Favorite thing: You would think that living in NYC all my life and seeing grafitti before that this wouldn't have surprised me, but on the contrary. Throughout the many years of my travels and the many countries I have visited, I have never seen so much grafetti.
There was grafetti everywhere and at one point I couldn't but help wonder why the City of Budapest has not taken action to clean up the many buildings that are defaced by this grafetti.
Favorite thing: Although maybe not as much as Prague, Budapest is also a very photogenic city. Hills on the Buda side offer some nice views of the Danube and the Pest side. As with every city situated on the river, Danube is the main feature of almost all city’s panoramas.
Fondest memory: For the best views of Budapest don’t miss:
- The view of Pest side from the Funicular (Sikló)
- The views of the Parliament building and the Pest side from the Fishermen’s bastions
- The view of Castle Hill and the Pest side from the Citadel on Gellert Hill
- The view of Danube and both parts of the city from the Margit híd (Margaret Bridge)
- The view from one of the boats that sail along the Danube
- The view of the Castle Hill from tram #2 that runs on the Danube embankments
- The view of the Buda side from the Castle Hill Promenade
Ugly communist era building blots landscape
Favorite thing: One of the best things about Budapest is the architecture, but unfortunately the Nazi's blew up a lot of Budapest on their retreat from WWll. Including the bridges and obviously the building that was where you see that ugly concrete monstrosity now!
It's such a shame buildings like that spoil my photos of an otherwise amazing place!
My tip is that you should be careful where you point your camera just in case one of these ugly buildings sneak in unnoticed!
The Alkotmány (Constitution) street
Favorite thing: As you can see in these General tips, the streets and churches in Budapest are really fantastic. Let`s start with the Alkotmány (Constitution) street, wich you find right next to the Parliament.
However the streets nearby we can see loads of secessionist buildings (see other tips), this one was constructed some years earlier compared to them, in eclectic style. It is surely one of the most elegant and expensive streets in Budapest It begins at the Bajcsy Zsilinszky street and ends at the Kossuth square-it runs into the Parliament Building.
But before presenting these streets, in the following tips I`m going to write about the fabulous churches of Budapest.
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Never mind the graffiti.
Favorite thing: Budapest is a very nice, green and pleasant place to walk around.
That's why it is even more a shame that there seems to be graffiti everywhere. I hope the city gets cleaned up one day; it will be even more beuatiful then!
Don't let yourself be scared of by some of these sights though, it is after all a very safe city!
Lizt Ferenc Ter
Favorite thing: Closer (just 5 minutes walking) from Oktongon square and yellow subway stop there is this superb street full of restaurants and bars so lively at evening. you can choose among 13 restaurants in less than 100 meters...mostly are bars and terraces but its easy taste local food and local and inexpensive wine
Budapest a lively arts
Favorite thing: Budapest central position and experience in welcoming travellers makes it the ideal place to enter Easter Europe.
Budapest has a lively arts, cafe and music scene, and is host to a range of cultural and sporting festivals.
Fondest memory: Strolling along the riverfront or across romantic bridges, browsing through antique bookshops and jewellery stores.
Budapest has an ample chice of things to do after dark.
Kristóf tér (square)
Favorite thing: Nice and charm place ..we discover it on our first day walking in the morning and spend some time thanks the cahos in Marco Polo YH where we had to come back a few hours later once we get ready our "room"
This is on the way to Vorosmarty Tér a beautiful huge place with a garden just in the middle and austrohungarians buildings surrounding it... cafes, and restaurants everywhere and pedestrian area that makes walk around easily
Favorite thing: Budapest is the heart of Hungary, with approximately 2 million people living here. It's by far the largest city in the country with around 20% of the population concentrated here. The streets, particularly of Pest, are bustling with people and action and there's always something interesting to see.
Favorite thing: 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
"Paris of Eastern Europe"
Favorite thing: Budapest straddles a gentle curve in the Danube.
The beauty of Budapest is what really makes it stand apart. Its broad avenues, lefy parks and harmonious blend of architectural styles has earned it the nickname the " Paris Of Eastern Europe"
Fondest memory: The city is well laid-out, rarely confusing, and ideal for walking.
Walks and bridges, sights and views
Favorite thing: Budapest by night is a must see...
Just stroll along the 'Corso' or any of the "main" bridges. The Chain Bridge, Elisabeth Bridge or Margaret Bridge. Either side you'll be, there's gonna be a stunningly lit up, lively scenery to remember.
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Favorite thing: The historic center of Pest used to be situated between Lánchíd and Szabadság-híd. This is what we call the city center even today, officially it is the southern part of the 5th district. The main street in the city is the pedestrian street Váci utca. The center is surrounded by the “Small Boulevard” Kiskörút, which consits of Károly körút, Múzeum körút and Vámház körút. Liberty Bridge
From the Pest end of the Margit-híd runs a semicircular avenue, built after Parisian pattern. This is called the “Nagykörút” meaning Grand Boulevard. It reaches the Danube at both ends joining Margit-híd on the north and Petőfi-híd on the south. Grand Boulevard is the overall name of Szt. István-, Teréz-, Erzsébet-, Teréz- anf József-körút.
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