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    Sasz-Chevra Ortodox Synagoge

    by lotharscheer Updated Sep 17, 2015

    The Sasz-Chevra Ortodox Synagoge is a marvelouse example of the Hungarian Jugendstil built 1910 -1913. There are several other Jugendstil buildings in the area.
    Open daily
    You need to dress properly like covered shoulders, for men also a hat (you can borrow it there).

    In the Budapest Ghetto area.

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    Hungarian Military Museum

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 14, 2015

    This building came as a surprise walking along the west wall of Buda. A series of cannons and other military fire power are located along the path before the back door of the museum. The museum was originally designed as an army barrack in the early 19th century. Housed within its wall are a number of permanent and temporary exhibits depicting the military history of Hungary. This includes uniforms, military offices, swords, guns, flags, and many other forms of military minutia. It covers the Hungarian uprising in 1056 as well as all of the major wars over the last nearly 200 years.

    We did not enter the museum but were able to peek inside on a slow day. There was virtually no one in the museum on a Wednesday afternoon in May.

    Opening hours:
    April 1st to September 30th: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
    October 1st to March 31st: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

    Entrance fees:
    Adult: HUF 800
    Child & Senior: HUF 400

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    Walk Along the Buda West Wall

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 14, 2015

    Walking down from Matthias Church and through a small commercial area we came on another walk around Buda. However this time there was virtually no people unlike the throngs on the east side of Buda.

    The walk around the west walls or escarpment of Buda is a small hidden treasure. Great views looking to the west. Forested hills, large villas and smaller homes. A sharp contrast to Pest filled with old buildings and bustling commercial areas.

    A few office buildings, apartment houses and the somewhat stately Hungarian Military Museum are located along the west side walk. A very nice yet inexpensive outdoor restaurant is located midway along the west wall.

    West Wall Walk Devoid of Tourists Cannons Outside of the Hungarian Military Museum West Wall Escaprment

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    Városligeti Műjégpálya Ice Rink: Summer Lake

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Jun 6, 2015

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    Budapest's City Park just seems to have something for everyone. The baths, an amusement park, a nice lake, the old castle, pleasant walking trails and even a giant ice rink (Városligeti Műjégpálya)

    Plans were laid out for an ice rink not long after City Park opened in the mid 19th century. In 1870 the ice rink was formally opened. Between 3009-2011 the area underwent improvements expanding the surface area and allowing space for an ice hockey rink. Today it stands as the largest open air ice rink in Europe. In late spring the area is filled and becomes a small lake for boating and other events.

    When we were there the rink was just finishing being cleaned and filled with water. A few skateboarders had trespassed in and were honing their craft. There is a visitor center adjacent to the rink/lake which sells travel services and answers general questions about Budapest.

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    Visit Freedom Square (Szabadsag Square)

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 31, 2015

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    Having done some reading prior to our trip to Budapest I was fascinated by the recent history of Freedom Square, locally called Szabadsag Square, with monuments being taken down and added as political winds blew different directions over the years. Many monuments are set within a square comprised of many old beautiful buildings making this a popular place to visit.

    Rewind the clock seventy years from 2015. In 1945 when the Red Army liberated Budapest from the Nazis many monuments that glorified Nazi rule were taken down. In its place a large obelisk with a gold star on top was constructed by the Soviets. The monument both in size and location is the real focal point of Freedom Square. It is protected by a treaty between Hungary and Russia. Beginning in the 1990's opposition to the monument grew. Some temporary monuments were constructed adjacent to it and many protests followed.

    In 1996 a well known real estate tycoon funded a memorial of famous freedom fighter Irme Nagy. The monument depicts Nagy standing on a bridge with his back to the Russian monument. Irme Nagy was executed by the Soviets for his part in a 1956 uprising against Soviet rule in Hungary. The bridge is a very popular place for pictures as we witnessed in our Budapest trip.

    The Reagan monument, depicting a larger than life Ronald Reagan former president of the United States was constructed in 2011. The sculpture was in appreciation for Reagan's role in ending the Cold War and helping Hungary become a free nation.

    The American Embassy, Hungarian National Bank, and the former offices of the Hungarian Stock Exchange are all located in Freedom Square. We were surprised to find all the fencing and security behind the American Embassy.

    Soviet Monument in Freedom Square Irme Nagy - Freedom Square Ronald Reagan Freedom Square American Embassy Hidden By Trees in Freedom Square

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    Walk the Liberty Bridge

    by TooTallFinn24 Updated May 27, 2015

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    The Liberty Bridge for me was the easiest one to walk across and I also appreciated some of the decorations on top of the it. The most prominent are the statues of Truui, a falcon that is popular in Hungarian folklore.

    The bridge dates back to 1894 and was originally named after Emperor Franz Joseph. it is only 20 meters in width making it sometimes difficult for the separated areas of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to pass through. On the walking portion of the bridge you need to be on constant outlook for bicyclists which appear suddenly speeding across the span and dodging pedestrians.

    In 1945 as World War 2 was about to end Hitler ordered all bridges in Budapest destroyed to forestall the advancement of Allied troops. The,middle part of the bridge was blown up in August of 1945. After the war the bridge was quickly reconstructed in part from remolded materials.

    There is no cost to traverse the Liberty Bridge which is about 330 m. long. There are no posted hours for pedestrians or bicyclists that I could find.

    Late Afternoon Crossing of Liberty Bridge Tram Crossing the Liberty Bridge Evening Picture of Liberty Bridge

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    Leaving the train

    by Luchonda Updated Sep 16, 2003

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    Leaving the Orient Express - get on local transport and visit a local farm .
    You will get a warm welcome there - the meal they serve - like the famous goulash is superb.The local and typical music just great !

    Local taxi !!
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    Sitting on a bench at...

    by szabolcs Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Sitting on a bench at the

    watching the panoramic view on the Buda side with my best friends and a bottle of Egri Bikavér - one of the finest Hungarian red wines. The picture was actually taken elsewhere, but we've got wine, as you can see.

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    by mariettz Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Budapest,HÖSÖK TERE,Mücsarnok...;


    Augustus 02,2000
    Thank You for opening my BUDAPEST VT page.:-)

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  • Apr 8, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I was in Budapest a few days ago. It was very good. Our hotel was great, with friendly staff. we went around the city by bike. It was great! I think the name of the shop is Hi-bike! Their logo was a big hand. The shop is close to Deak Ferenc sq. You can easily find it Their prices are good and the bikes too. This was one of the best entertainment. We looked at the night life also! Do not miss out! Go to the was great. I really want to see the Margaret Island again! Bec It was fantastic! Have a nice trip when you going! I had only 1 problem the weather on this wednesday. :( :)

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