„My house in Budapest, my hidden treasure chest, golden grand piano, my beautiful Castillo…“
Journey: June 2018
From Vienna to Budapest, the second part of my summer vacation 2018 and my first trip to Hungary. I must admit I was disappointed when we arrived at Budapest station - and that's even the wrong term. I felt almost shocked! Everything looked broken and run down, things that had been pretty and glamouros once but that must have been years ago. Time seemed to stand still there, soviet style. It seems to get worse every step away from the Danube. It's so beautiful there but very sad once you leave the river. On our way to the airport on the last day we drove past more run down buildings. It felt quite depressing.
But once you arrive at the Danube, everything is beautiful! And that's the wrong term too because there have been many beautiful places but Budapest around the Danube is outstanding, especially by night! The most prominent photos - of course the parliament at night. Everyone takes it, there are tons of people taking night shots. The parliament itself is an interesting building during day time but add the lights and the reflections of the river at night and it becomes almost magical. It wasn't the best trip though due to one day of food poisoning which forced me to stay in bed all day during 40 degrees outside. I guess you should not eat cheese that wasn't cooled down properly. You may decide on a nicer hotel than we did too. If visiting Budapest I strongly recommend a visit to the parliament (book ticket for the inside tours online before!) and a visit to the "House of terrors" which features a part of history that hunts you. I mean it. The basement sent shivers down my spine and I was glad to see the sun again. Still worth visiting, especially in times of upcoming hatred and terror. It makes you realize how lucky we are today and that we should not risk that. „Haus des Terrors“, welches bedrückend ist, vor allem im Keller. Mehr als bedrückend.
If going to Budapest, go there for maximum 4 days.