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Duna Palota
Danube Palace
#About the Prestigious Palace that Has Become a Concert Hall

The Danube Palace (Duna Palota) was built in 1895 in the Baroque style, used today as a concert hall and as a theater for folk shows.

Throughout the years the structure has undergone many changes, and in 1941 received its current look.

Even before that, the palace was used by the royals of the district, that arrived to see expensive shows of great artists, who were invited to perform at the palace regularly. Almost every famous artist of those times, performed here at least ones.

The palace is placed between the Basilica and the Suspension Bridge.



A Concert Inside the Palace:

https://youtu.be/wOrRb7YZyvY
Cipk a Duna-parton
Shoes on the Danube Bank
#About the Sad Monument to the Jews of Budapest During the Holocaust

With 60 pairs of shoes of all sizes and types, as if waiting for their owners to come back, the Shoes on the Danube Bank (Cipők a Duna-parton) memorial pinches the heart.

The monument on the banks of the Danube River was erected in Budapest, capital of Hungary, in 2005, marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was sculpted by the Hungarian artists Gyula Pauer and Can Togay.

The monument consists of 60 pairs of cast shoes and each pair in the monument is unique and different from the others. There are work shoes, women's shoes, children's shoes, some of them are everyday shoes and some are elegant shoes.


#The Murder of the Jews on the Danube

The frozen, abandoned shoes made of metal on the banks of the river are in memory of the Jewish victims who were forced to remove their shoes just before they were brutally shot by the Hungarian Fascists and fell alive into the stormy waters of the river.

The commemoration of "Shoes on the Danube" was not meant to mention only the Jews who were murdered during World War II, but also the terrible crimes of the Hungarians, members of the Arrow Cross Movement, then the racist leaders of Hungary.

Members of the Arrow Cross Party collaborated with the Nazis and the actions were carried out at the order of the Hungarian ruler at the time, as a demonstration of cooperation with the Nazis and their enthusiastic volunteerism to help the genocide, the result of blind hatred of Jews in Hungary of those days. This unit of murder recruited local criminals, tough and cruel thugs, who were then defined as a special unit to fight opponents to the regime.

The murders were conducted in a particularly cruel manner. It was customary to tie the Jews in a group to one another. They were tied up on the riverbank and shot in the first column. As they fell, they dragged the rest of the group, bound to together, into the raging river water, killing everyone at the price of one bullet.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/t3qw97fPGzo
Hungarian National Museum
Hungarian National Museum
#About the Museum that has a Temple

The Hungarian National Museum in Budapest is a museum for archeology and Hungarian history. It resides in one of the prettiest and most impressive buildings in the city. Even if Hungarian history does not call you, this museum is worth a visit to see the wonderful and magnificent building.

The museum was established in 1802 as a library and a public place to display the collection of natural artifacts that were collected by the Hungarian Baron Franz Széchényi. In the 1830's the government allocated half a million forint to establish a permanent location for the collection. The architect Mihály Pollack designed the building you are standing in now in the neo-Classical style, a very impressive and large building, a sort of temple for history, that was inaugurated in 1846.

Beyond its responsibilities as a museum, the building became a symbol of Hungarian nationalism. This happened in 1848, the era of the "Spring of Nations" when the museum was the center of the Hungarian revolutionary uprising of 1848. This formative event took place when the Hungarian national poet Sándor Petőfi, read the "12 Points" to a crowd and his national song, which is called exactly that, "the National Song." The event became a symbol of revolution and the museum gained a symbolic place in the renewal of Hungarian nationalism. In memory of the event, the poets who were part of the uprising and the memorial ceremonies for the revolution are commemorated in front of the museum.



#What Can Be Seen Here?

In the archeology wing, you can see the life of what today is called Hungary, from the prehistoric period. In a display of historical findings from different areas around Hungary, Transylvania, Slovenia, and Croatia.

In a permanent and central display in the museum is the development of the history of Hungary. The exhibition focuses on the rule of the Mediars and the conquests from the period of Roman rule to the Ottoman Turks. The amount of maps, charts, coins, jewelry, artwork and everyday objects displayed here is huge. In addition, videos are presented here and there is an experiment with computerized illustrations of the periods and historical changes that have taken place in Hungary over the years.

There are special displays here for modern Hungarian history, since the Revolution of 1848 and the showcasing of prominent personalities, especially in the past few centuries in the themes of music, literature, science, and medicine.

A special section is held for the Hungarian history of the threatening police, the Communist and Fascist forces from the 20th century until the release and freedom of democracy.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/h3j8LWOoOlY
Szchenyi Lnchd
Széchenyi Chain Bridge
#About the Suspension Bridge in Budapest

The bridges that connect the parts of Budapest, above the romantic Danube River, turn the river into a jaw-dropping shining pearl. Without a doubt, the prettiest of these is the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) a suspension bridge, that was built as the first permanent bridge that connects Buda and Pest. This bridge begins in Clark Adam Square, across the river, towards the inner city of Pest. There it connects to Roosevelt Square, near Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

The length of the Széchenyi is 350 meters. This was a project by two 'Clarks." In 1839 the engineer William Clark designed the bridge, but he had to pack up and leave Hungary quickly due to prior commitments. So finishing the bridge in 1849 was the architect Adam Clark.

The bridge quickened the union of Buda and Pest, that were becoming one city thanks to the large growth in the 19th century.

In 1945, with the Nazis surrender from the Red Army, the German army bombed the bridge. It was restored in 1949. So it became a monumental attraction in itself. For its nice structure, especially at night when it is reflected on the Danube River. The bridge is surrounded by statues of handsome lions, that have become the commercial symbol of the bridge.

On summer weekends, the bridge becomes a wide boulevard and different performances and attractions for tourists take place.


#The Tragic Story of the Lions on the Bridge

The Suspension Bridge, established in 1849, is considered the prettiest bridge in Budapest. Among other things, it is known for the nice lion statues on its sides. Local legends says that after finishing the statues of the lions, the artist noticed that he forgot to add a tongue to one of them. And out of desperation and sadness, he committed suicide and jumped off the bridge.

However, all the lions on the bridge have their tongues! So is the legend true? Walk around the bridge and see if you can find a lion without his tongue...



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/VX9LF3ybp_Q

Pest Tour

Sir Lancelot
Sir Lancelot Medieval Restaurant
#About the Knight Restaurant of Budapest

The Sir Lancelot Medieval Restaurant is labeled as a Knight's Restaurant. The atmosphere here is of the Middle Ages, in a protected castle, with Knight customs around and armor decorating the wall. Sitting by heavy wooden tables, it is recommended to eat with your hands. Silverware, of course, has not yet been invented in the Middle Ages, only the spoon.

Around dinner there will be performances of acrobatics, fire and torches, and even amusing belly dance and in a spirit that, although not always medieval European, can be understood from the entertainment of knights in the Crusades to medieval jokers.

A visit might not provide you with a gourmet dinner, but the food is good and the experience is fun for the whole family, especially for children who love fairytales and stories about Knights.



A Little Experience at the Resturant:

https://youtu.be/oOiKqXFdRPo
Orszghz
Hungarian Parliament Building
#About the Luxurious Parliament Building of Budapest

The Hungarian Parliament Building (Országház) is located on the eastern bank of the Danube River, and is one of the largest Parliament Buildings in the world, and the largest building in Hungary. With almost 700 rooms, hundreds of statues and endless prestigious and luxury, the building, built in the neo-Gothic style, is considered not only huge and impressive, but also beautiful. It is located on the banks of the Danube River and is a symbol of Hungarian Democracy and for the city of Budapest.

20 years and huge sums of money were invested by the Hungarians in the Hungarian Parliament Building, which used to be considered the most expensive building in Europe. Its building began in 1885, before the 1000 years celebration for the Hungarian Empire, that was set for 1896. Hungary, who longed for an impressive symbol to respect this honor, appointed the Jewish architect Imre Steindl to plan the building. Steindl would never get to see the impressive building he designed. He became blind during the construction, and was not at the inauguration ceremony, because he passed away only a few months prior.

The building, which took about 20 years to finish, was worked on by over 1,000 men. About 40 million bricks were used in the construction of the huge and impressive building, from which about half a million are gemstones. About 40 kilos of gold was invested in the decorations.

So for the celebrations of the millennium, the construction was not finalized and continued until 1904, but the Hungarians tend to say that even now construction is never-ending. They mean the expensive restorations and preservations that take place here all the time.



#Some Numbers

The parliament building has 691 rooms and giant halls.

The total length of the staircases in the building equals 20 kilometers.

The impressive dome at the head of the building is 96 meters tall.

At the length of 268 meters and the width of 118 meters, the area of the building is 17,700 square meters.



#Tips

The entrance to the building is only with organized tour groups.

Try getting to the tours in the building as early as possible.

Each day there are tours in the Parliament Building. See the link below the times for the tours in many different languages.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/qjLb8DhiCKk?t=19s


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/xspwTs2cY1M?t=1m44s



Photos of the Luxurious Parliament Building:

https://youtu.be/fmAeAZUJNPc
Gerbeaud
Gerbeaud
#About the Great Confectionery in Budapest

The Gerbeaud Confectionery is a temple of cakes in Budapest. The atmosphere in this place belongs to a different period. Though it was opened in 1858, it reminds a little of the Communist rule.

The European decorations, heavy and rich, including silk curtains, crystal chandeliers and expensive gold decorations. The place was popular among the Hungarian nobility until the 19th century. Empress Sisi, the wife of the Emperor of Franz Joseph, loved to dine here, and until today there is a drink on the menu named after her, the wonderful Sisi coffee, an espresso with a peach liquor.

The place is named after Emil Gerbeaud, one of the most famous confectioneries and most celebrated in the history of Hungary, the one who invented the Gerbeaud cake. Order the cake with the Sisi Coffe and you will be almost royal!

Today, Gerbeaud offers many cakes and baked goods, but the specialty here is without a doubt the Dobos torte- a layered caked with many layers, loaded with buttercream with chocolate between each layer of dough.

Of course, you don't have to stuff yourself with such cakes. There is a huge variety of baked goods, of all kinds and flavors. During nice weather, you can sit outside, on the terrace, and enjoy the dozens of cakes and baked goods.


Bon Appetite!


A Peek into the Confectionery:

https://youtu.be/QKsCmeuPA9o
Vci Utca
Váci Street
#About the Shopping Street of Budapest

The Vaci Street (Váci utca) Boulevard is the main shopping street in the city, a street of fancy stores in Budapest. The street is the main commercial and luxury area in Budapest, that begins in the local market and ends in Vörösmarty Square.

In the Middle Ages, this street was the border of the city of Pest. When the city was expanded in the 18th century, big and noble houses were built, and from the beginning of the 20th century it became a shopping street full of life and commerce. You can find endless fast food chains here next to massive ancient stores for ceramics, and popular fashion icons like Zara and H&M. Of course, when you need to eat or drink there are many cafes, next to different styles of restaurants and food stalls more or less successful. In the large market at the edge of the street there are great and affordable food stalls.

It is good to know that Vaci Street is no longer a place to great finds like it used to be. There are more tourist traps than in other parts of the city, and many stores sell the same souvenirs as everywhere else. There are special places for shopping here. It is good to mention that from the popular street small alleyways lead to quiet areas and secret hidden corners, but you really need to look hard to find them.




#Tips

Vaci Street Boulevard is active between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

In the southern and calmer section of the street, near the large market, there are nice souvenir stores.



A Closer Look at the Vaci Street Boulevard:

https://youtu.be/bIpwC2k0bAs


The Great Market Hall
Great Market Hall
#About the Big Market of Budapest

The Big Market Hall (Tolbuhin Korut) or the covered market of Budapest, is one of the original and large markets in Europe, and in Hungary especially. The market is located in a building of the old train station, and food stalls are on the ground floor and the rest of the shops are on the second floor.

This is a wonderful and rich market for food. It is located at the edge of Vaci Street Boulevard, the main shopping street of Budapest, and has become the largest tourist market in the city.

Don't miss a chance to visit this market. On the first floor fruits, vegetables, cheese, and different kinds of meats are sold. The undoubted ruler of this market is the paprika, the symbol of the Hungarian kitchen, that decorates all the stalls. Paprika can be bought here in all sorts of flavors and different packaging. You can buy paprika in tin cans or designed wool bags.

On the second floor of the market, you can buy hand stitched table clothes, hand made embroidery, Matryoshka dolls, glass vases, and kitchen utensils. The prices are fairly cheap, even though it is crowded with tourists.

In the food area, you can taste from the local and loved stalls. This can be seen as a hugely popular restaurant with many kitchens, where delicious Hungarian food can be eaten, simple and cheap.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/vwkfJ5mr6ek


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