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Fuveszkert Botanic Garden (I&V)
Fuveszkert Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Hungary. It was founded in 1771 and moved to its current place, on the estate of the Festetics family in 1847. Nowadays it belongs to ELTE University. The garden is one of the venues of the famous Ferenc Molnar’s novel "Paul Street Boys", probably the one that had changed the least. Since 1960 it has become a nature conservation area of national value, with 7,000 species and variety of plants. Tropical and subtropical plants are housed in the monument building of Palm-House (Palmahaz) built in the 19th century. Although not very spacious, Fuveszkert Botanic Garden is very pleasant and cosy place. It is must-see for those interested in botanic or those who like novel "Paul Street Boys".
Fuveszkert Botanic Garden is located in Illes street No. 25.Related to:
- National/State Park
The Palace of Arts - Muveszetek palotaja
The brand new building of the Palace of Arts is housing the Hungarian National Concert Hall, The Ludwig Museum of Modern Arts and the Festival Theatre.
The building is a very modern one with interesting architectural solutions. As every new building, it was subject to various political debates, and also some architectural ones, but it was finished and I like it better (as a building) then the new National Theatre.
It offers various programs, but it's also worth to see it just for the building itself. There is also a bookshop and a coffehouse in the house ust in case :)
Oszman (Turkish) tumbs near the Castle
In 2000, some Oszman tumbs from the age of the Oszman-Turkish reign in Hungary have been restored near the southern entrance of the Castle (the one close to the Gellert Hill).
They can be found near the Rondella (the old circular bastion) of the Castle. If you walk up from Varalja street, just look right and you will notice them in the shade of a nice big tree.
Spiral tower at the new National Theatre
Somewhere between the buildings of the new National Theatre and the even newer Palace of Arts, there is a spiral observation tower.
I don't particulary like the building itself, but it gives a great view also on some part of the city, but more relevantly on the 2 sorrounding buildings.
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Taltos is a creature from Hungarian legend, sometimes a human being, but often a horse who has magical powers. "Taltos" – amazingly beautiful sculpture created by Kalman Veres for "Hannover Expo 2000" stands by the side entrance to the West End City Center. It is must-see for all those interested in art.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Focault's pendulum - For physics fans! :)
Focault's famous pendulum and the demonstration of the rotation of the Earth proved with it in 1851 is a known thing for people interested in physics.
But have you ever actually seen one of this pendulums? There is one here in Budapest, at the Banki Donat Technical
Address: 8th district, Nepszinhaz u. 8, close to Blaha Lujza ter (M2 underground station, stop of buses 7, 173, etc and tram 4 and 6).
A convenient lemon squeezer on the Chain Bridge :)
Walking around the other night I just found out that the Chain Bridge is a paradise for citrus lovers! It offers lemon squeezers every 5 meters!
Make sure you don't leave lemon zest thrown around...and find out how to collect the juice itself...:)
Getting back to serious: check for small details on this beautiful bridge as well!
Memory of bad old days - Bunker on the corner
Before and suring the WW2 the jewish habitants of Budapest had to wear a yellow star on their chest and were closed to the "pesti gettó" (Ghetto of Pest), which was the inner part of the 7th district (Area bordered by the Erzsebet korut, Rakoczi ut, Karoly korut and Kiraly utca).
This Bunker is still on the corner of Karoly korut and Dob utca and it always gives me bad feelings...
Recenty a For Sale ("Elado") sign appeared on it, hope someone will buy it and move it away.
The Royal Hungarian Vocational School of Mechanics
The Royal Hungarian Vocational School of Mechanics and Watchmaking was founded in 1898. It's building was made in 1900-1901 according to the plans of Gyula Partos.
The eclectic building's most impressing decorations are the glass-mosaics on the main facade and under the windws of the 1st floor. These were made in the workshop of Miksa Roth, very famous Hungarian stained glass and mosaic maker of the period.
After 5 renamings, the school is now called "Kando Kalman Muszaki Foiskola", Kando Kalman College of Electrical Engineering.
The building is in the not so elegant but soon to be revived (hopefully) area, the 8th district, under Tavaszmezo utca 15.
You can have a walk there from the Baross utca tram station (trams 4 and 6) through Horvath Mihaly ter (take the street on the left side of the church on Horvath Mihaly square).
Chain Bridge's master living in the Tunnel
The Tunnel under the Castle Hill is the home of Mr Janos Fazekas and his family, who is the master of the Chain Bridge.
He lives in the appartment at the entrance of the Tunnel since 40 years and he still likes his job, even though he gots lots of "funny" alarms from youngsters passing by about the lions of the Bridge running away and so on...:)
His duty is to keep the Bridge as it is, check the state of the chains and the structure and also to clean the Lions who occasionaly "receive" hats and cigars in their mouth and other strange things.
Castle district houses
Once up in the Castle Hill, be sure to walk around and see the smaller streets as well. Some of the houses are still wearing the same color as in the medieval times. Lots of history around! :)
Try this walk: when you are at the Matthias Church, wlk in to the Horse with shiny balls (see my tips! :) and turn left on Uri utca to catch the house pictured here. Then go left again and then right so you can be heading to the Castle but have seen some more then the others! ;)
Statue of Imre Nagy
Imre Nagy was a Hungarian Prime Minister just before the uprising in 1956. He tried to introduce a less strict form of communism in Hungary (pulling away from Soviet domination).
After the crush of the uprising he was a refuge in the Yugoslavian Embassy, but later he was told to be given free passage, but on his way out he was arrested and executed 2 years later in 1958 by the communist regime. His body was exhumed and given a full state burial in 1989.
His bronze statue on Vertanuk (Martyrs) square shows him standing on a bridge, watching towards the Parliament.
Vertanuk tere is on the corner of Kossuth Lajos ter (M2 underground station), near the Parliament - corner of Nador, Vecsey and Bathory streets
The new National Theater and the Palace of Arts
Two controversial buildings, future will decide if they will become also symbols of Budapest or not.
On the left, the new National Theater. The old one was demolished on the 23rd of April in 1965 (it stood on Blaha Lujza square) and after a very long interim period, lots of debates and change of plans was built here on the bank of the Danube.
Note that the "Hole" on Erzsebet square was ment to be the place of the National Theater, they started the construction and then changed their mind...however, it's better like that, I like that park and the "Godor Klub" over there :)
The Palace of Art gave room for some more debates, but finally it was built and I particularly like it better then the new National Theater.
View from St. Gellert's statue
The Bridge below the St. Gellert statue offers a great view of the traffic of the Erzsebet (Elisabeth) Bridge. And it's also a good place to do a panoramic shot including the Chain Bridge, the Elisabeth Bridge and the Liberty Bridge with the buildings between them on the Pest side (Hotels, Inner City Church, Economical university...).
The new National Theater
The new National Theater, after a long line of debates was built on the bank of the Danube in Ferencvaros.
The construction was basically finished in December 2001, the 1st play was shown on the 15th March of 2002.
I don't particularly like the building itself, but there is a nice park in front of it, with a ship-shaped part and statues of famous Hungarian actors.
If you can afford it, the Gresham Palace, a 5 star luxury hotel owned by the Four Seasons group has...more
Was booked in here as part of Insight tours, would recommend to the non-budget travellermore
The rooms with the floor to ceiling windows that look across the Danube River at the Parliment...more
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