Sasz-Chevra Ortodox Synagoge
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.
You need to dress properly like covered shoulders, for men also a hat (you can borrow it there).
In the Budapest Ghetto area.Related to:
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Hungarian Military Museum
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.
April 1st to September 30th: Tuesday - Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
October 1st to March 31st: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm
Adult: HUF 800
Child & Senior: HUF 400
Walk Along the Buda West Wall
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.
Városligeti Műjégpálya Ice Rink: Summer Lake
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.
Visit Freedom Square (Szabadsag Square)
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.
Walk the Liberty Bridge
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.
Leaving the train
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 !Related to:
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- Horse Riding
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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.Related to:
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