The third stage of our interrail trip through Europe was Budapest, the capital of Hungary. As I described in the last post, we went from Štrba to Žilina to Bratislava to Budapest. As usual after the use of night trains, we were pretty exhausted when we arrived in Budapest in the morning… The search for a hostel was a short one: Probably the friendliest person in Budapest approached us… The old lady called Judy convinced us to check out her offer of 2 rooms (3 beds) for 15€ per person/night:
“I’m renting the apartment for tourists like you for 25 years”, “clean, very clean. not old bathroom, new bathroom – very clean”, “best place in the city”, “listen young boys, everything you need is near”, “see? centre of town: three bridges, young boys. Everything you need… Everything except Citadella and Castle on Pest side of town… Nothing interesting here (on the Buda side of the Danube)…”, “You don’t need bus – three bridges, you can walk, young boys”
Check-in and off to the city centre: Great Market Hall, National Museum, cross the city, Synagoge, Parliament, Old Stock Market, Saint Stephen’s Basilica… I wrote a seminar paper about the nation-building of Hungary last semester, thus I knew some handy facts about the heroes like journalist/politician Kossuth and buildings like the Museum founded by István Széchenyi. “Restaurant mile” in the evening… Next day, 31°, 10am, we were marching up the hill to the Liberty Statue, the Citadella and finally Buda Castle incl. Fisherman’s Bastion (where we were insulted by a thimblerigger because we didn’t want to play “hau ab, arschloch… Schuhe 3€ auf türkisch Flohmarkt”)… Late breakfast (grapes, cheese, bread) in a park and then off to Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park… We met a really big lady who was trying to sell some weird neon-coloured puppets and was singing all the time… Yep, next stop: Memento Park, a museum of statues and memorials were after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989… In the evening of our last day in Budapest, we had mushroom goulash in a traditional Hungarian restaurant – delicious! The next day we had to kill time in a park until our train to Zagreb left at 14:02… By the way, the city was full of visitors of the Sziget Festival 09…
Here are the photos of Budapest (August 15, 2009 – August 17, 2009).