Traveling in Budapest Hungary

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Many would describe Budapest as "Little Paris of Middle Europe".  Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remnats from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city's form and style.
 
The capital is actually two cities, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube. Each city is unique in its own way and provides different experience.

Suburban Buda and its historic castle district offer medieval streets and houses, museums, caves and Roman ruins. The dynamic Pest side boasts the largest parliament building in Europe, riverside promenades, flea markets, bookstores, antique stores and café houses.

Budapest Parliament Building

The Budapest Parliament Building located in the Pest side of Budapest, is the third largest Parliament building in the world. To photograph this building, simply head over to the Buda side of the Danube at sunrise or sunset.  There is a long bank along the river where you can set up your tripod.  

Budapest Parliament Building
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Figure 1 - Budapest Parliament Building during the sunrise looking over the Danube River

Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Széchenyi Chain Bridge built in 1849, was an engineering marvel of its time.  

Széchenyi Chain Bridge was built in 1849 and at the time was an engineering marvel.  The bridge spans 663 feet over the Danube river and was the largest of its time.  Despite many larger bridges built today, none would have the character and beauty that the Széchenyi Chain Bridge has.  Comprised of massive chain links and ornate towers, you could spend hours looking this bridge.  

 

Széchenyi Chain Bridge
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Figure 1 - Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Budapest Streets

Streets on the Pest side of the city are surrounded by large stone buildings.  The buildings have stood the test of time and have seen many changes in the city.  If they only could tell their story.

Budapest Streets
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Figure 1 - Budapest Streets on the Pest side.

GERLÓCZY CAFE & ROOMS de LUX

Set in a grand downtown building, this elegant hotel built in 1891, with a stained-glass ceiling and a spiral staircase is located in the Pest side.  The attached, stylish cafe serves hot breakfast, as well as classic bistro cuisine and is definitely a great place grab a bite. This is where I stayed during my visit and I highly recommend hotel.  
GERLÓCZY CAFE & ROOMS de LUX
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Figure 1 - GERLÓCZY CAFE & ROOMS de LUX

GERLÓCZY Spiral Stair Case

GERLÓCZY Spiral Stair Case which climbs all the way up to the top of the hotel.  I made many trips up and down the stair case.  There is an elevator as well.

GERLÓCZY Spiral Stair Case
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Figure 1 - GERLÓCZY Spiral Stair Case

GERLÓCZY Cafe

The food in Budapest is nothing but amazing.  The GERLÓCZY Cafe had some amazing dishes and I found myself eating at the cafe, not only because it was convenient, but it was also really good.  

GERLÓCZY Cafe
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Figure 1 - GERLÓCZY Cafe

Szimpla Kert

Budapest's most famous ruin pub.  One of the most interesting places I have been in a long time and I highly recommend adding this to one of your places to visity while in Budaphest.  The pub is located in an old, ramshackle building.  From the outside the building does not look like much.  Once you are inside, your perspective begins to change.  

Szimpla Kert
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Figure 1 - Szimpla Kert

Szimpla Kert

The first floor of Szimpla Kert, there are rooms, each with it's own bar and tables outside.  The walls are covered with graffiti and strange art.  Each bar serves different drinks, but if you are really looking for something unique try the pálenka.  

Szimpla Kert
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Figure 1 - Szimpla Kert First Floor

Szimpla Kert Enjoying a Drink

Enjoying a drink with some co-workers in Budapest.  I would have to say what I enjoyed most were the people in Budaphest.  They are friendly and like to have a good time.  I am on the far right.  Kristina is in the middle and Michael on the far right. 

Szimpla Kert Enjoying a Drink
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Figure 1 - Szimpla Kert Enjoying a Drink

Szimpla Kert Another Room

Another of the many rooms in Szimpla Kert.  

Szimpla Kert Another Room
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Figure 1 - Szimpla Kert Another Room

Leaving Budapest

I will definitely miss Budapest.  It has been one of the best adventures I have had in a long time.  On my last night, I took this photo from the rooftop of a building.  It was truly a memorable moment where I could reflect on the time I spent in such an amazing place with so many amazing people.  Thanks to Whitepages, my employer for sending me on this trip and the awesome Whitepages team in Budapest.  

Leaving Budapest
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Figure 1 - Leaving Budapest