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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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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