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Szenes Hanna Park
Szenes Hanna Park
#About the Park in Memory of the Brave Paratrooper and Poet

Szenes Hanna Park is located in a junction of streets Jósika and Rózsa, and was dedicated especially to Hanna Szenes. She was a Jewish fighter against the Nazis during World War II. Szenes made Aliyah to Israel in 1939 and was one of the young people that built the kibbutz Sdot Yam.

Beyond being a poet with a lot of talent, Hanna Szenes was part of a paratrooper unit who volunteered to serve in the British army during World War II. In the frame of her actions as a combat soldier against the Nazis, she jumped along with her unit over occupied Hungary. However, during the line of duty she was caught by the Hungarians who surrendered her to the Nazis. She was tortured and executed, at only 23 years old.

After her death, among Szenes's things were found the songs she wrote in secret. Some have gained a lot of popularity like Ashrei Hagafrur, A Walk to Caesarea with the famous lyrics - "My God, my God,
may it never end."

The park won't tell you about this history, which is why you have us!

May her memory be blessed!
Andrassy Ut
Andrassy Avenue
#About the Cultural Avenue of Budapest

Andrassy Avenue is one of the most beautiful and impressive avenues in Hungary. The works that turned it into such an impressive and beautiful street took place in the 19th century. Quickly this street grew into an impressive street whose length is 2.5 kilometers.

This is how Andrassy Avenue, during the days of Emperor Franz Joseph, became the most fashionable road in Budapest. With time, many cultural institutes and important museums, musical institutions and more, were built here. Many theaters were built with time, which gave the avenue its nickname, "Broadway of Pest."

In the vibrant avenue there are cafes and entertainment areas. If you are standing at the start, at Elizabeth Square, you can see at the opposite end the Heroe's Square, with the 1000 Year Monument at its center, right behind which is a large public and impressive park.

For its architectural beauty, as well as important buildings spread across, the avenue was crowned a World Heritage Site in 2002. When you wander around you can see the large and impressive Opera House. Not far away is the Music Academy, named after the composer and piano genius Franz Liszt. There are some of the more interesting museums in Budapest here, like the Museum of Terrorism.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/Lc15mSN5S0U


One House on This Street:

https://youtu.be/iXG-Z9Xnd0w
Gundel
Gundel
#About the Best Restaurant in Budapest

Gundel restaurant is considered the best luxury restaurant in the Hungarian capital. It opened in 1894, and since then it has been gathering praise. The food and the service here are excellent!

Thought it is a little expensive, at Gundel you will get your money's worth. With meals at about $50 per person, you will get delicious meals with many different flavors from a high-quality chef kitchen.

The goose liver pate is worth a try, or the famous pancakes of the place.

The fancy decorations will add to your experience and entertainment here, and also the gypsy band that creates a special atmosphere, without becoming another tourist restaurant.

Gundel is located near the Heroe's Square. You must reserve a table in advance, call this number: 4684040

A Closer Look at the Restuarant:

https://youtu.be/vf1VeWgqcio
Opera House
Opera House
#About the Opera House in Budapest

Even if you don't want to dedicate an evening to one of the classical opera's creations by Hungarian composers like Franz Liszt or Zoltán Kodály, a visit to the Opera House should not be missed. The Opera House is a main and popular attraction in Budapest, and among the most beautiful Opera Houses around the world.

Except for opera, other shows both classical and modern are shown here on an international scale, and two ballet companies, the most important ones in Budapest, and Hungary in general.

It is recommended to go on a guided tour in the Opera House or buy a ticket to an opera, there are tickets are different price levels. These operas are performed nightly and be sure to spare some time for a tour.


#The History of the Opera House

The Budapest Opera House was inaugurated in 1884 as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Hungary of those days was very rich, and many funds and resources were allotted to the new building.

The results did not disappoint. The guests to the Opera House opening were astonished. The Opera House was luxurious and highly invested and immediately became one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world.

Somehow, this building survived World War II and was not damaged. On the surviving walls you can see the original paintings, the frescoes that were preserved without harm. Like them, hundreds of beautiful sculptures survived that are spread around the building and are a symbol of luxury in the opera hall itself.

In order to restore it to its former glory, the building was renovated in the 1980's and was cleaned up with government funds. This is how it was able to turn into such a tourist cultural attraction, among the best in Budapest.


#Archicture of the Opera House

The Opera House of Budapest opened in 1884, is considered one of the more beautiful Opera Houses in the world. This building was planned in the neo-Renaissance style, by the Hungarian architect from the 19th century Miklos Ybl. Those who love architecture should come here for a day tour.

At the exterior statues were placed of a few of the great composers in the history of Opera and classical music, including Mozart, Beethoven, Vardi, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.

It is not only from the outside that this building is impressive. It is also impressive from the inside. On the main staircase on the building, the most famous people in Europe walked between the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Anyone belonging to the Hungarian nobility or elite came here during those days. The ladies of Budapest's high society used to present at the operas of the times, the fashion trends and the luxury jewelry they received from their rich husbands.

In the main hall of the Opera House, there are no less than 1,200 seats available. There are hundreds of sculptures, frescoes, and golden decorations that twinkle, each weighing 7 kilos. Part of the decorations on the walls are made of golden leaves covered in 24-carat gold.



#Tips

The ticket prices here are affordable, but it is recommended to order them in advance on the website.

When buying tickets for the booths, buy the tickets for the first row in the box, the only row that you can see from.

The dress code is crucial here - women have to wear evening dresses, and men - only suits!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rzyxU1kDOQk


From Outside:

https://youtu.be/xt9PM7jfwns

The Basilica Tour

Szpmvszeti Mzeum
Museum of Fine Arts
#About the Beautiful Art Museum of Budapest

The Museum of Fine Arts (Szépművészeti Múzeum) is an impressive art museum, with huge collections of art by non-Hungarians, pieces by the greatest creators in history.

The museum is located at the Heroes' Square, right at the entrance to the public park of Budapest, and was established between the years 1900-1906. The impressive Neo-classical building reminds of a Roman or Greek ancient temple.


#About the 6 Main Museum Collections

Ancient Egyptian Art - a huge collection of Egyptian art.

Classic and Ancient Greek Art - Mostly marble statues, among them the "The Budapest Dancer," a marble statue from the 3rd century, as well as tools from ceramics and bronze.

The "Masters" - thousands of drawings from the history of European paintings between the 13th and 18th century. Look for Giorgione's "Portrait of a Young Man," Raphael's "Esterhazy Madonna," Dürer's "Portrait of a Young Man," Pieter Bruegel "St John the Baptist Preaching," and pieces by Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya.

Statues from Middle Ages to 17th Century - Italian statues including a statue of a small bronze Horseman of Leonardo Di Vinci, and wooden statues from Germany and Austria.

Art from the 19th and Beginning of the 20th Centuries - Romantic art pieces include statues by Auguste Rodin, pieces by Delacroix and Gustave Courbet, and paintings by the Impressionists Manet, Pissarro, and Renoir, and painted posters by the famous Toulouse-Lautrec.

Graphic Art - over 10,000 sketches and 100,000 prints from traditional graphic European art. The most impressive here are by Rembrandt and Goya, and a collection of notes from Di Vinci regarding "The Battle of Anghiari."


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/vD12CnuLQ0I


Screening on the Museum's Building:

https://youtu.be/GeOBXzRW5q4
Varosliget City Park
Varosliget City Park
#About Budapest's Public Park

Varosliget City Park is pretty and well maintained, this is the largest public park in Budapest. There are many plants, and a pastoral feeling.

At the park there are many attractions, among them the man-made lake, the Budapest Zoo, the popular Széchényi Spa, the Heroe's Square at the entrance to the park, the Budapest circus, the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle, botanical gardens, Transportation Museum, and the weekend flea market.

The park is one of the most recommended places to visit on spring and summer weekends. For the most part, on weekends, festivals and such take place here, and the atmosphere is festive all over the park. In winter as well, it is a lovely place to visit, especially when each winter an ice rink is created under the Vajdahunyad Castle.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MPHG7RT4cmI


Another Look:

https://youtu.be/C0IT12klz78
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
Hosok Tere
Heroes' Square
#About Heroe's Square

The impressive Heroe's Square (Hősök tere) is located at the end of the known street at the heart of Pest, the eastern plateau side of the city.

Actually, the square acts as the entrance to the City Park, the public park of Budapest. At the center is the Millennium Monument, the 1000 year monument, built in a semi-circular shape. The establishing of the monument began in 1896, to commemorate the conquering of Hungary by the Magyars - with its roots in the Urals and western Siberia. The Magyars wandered to Hungary in the 8-9th century, and settled. They represent the ancestors to most of Hungary's residents today.

At the center of the monument there is a marble column, 36 meters tall, and at the top is a statue of Gabriel, the symbol of Catholic Christianity, holding in his hand the holy crown and a large cross, just like the legend tells about the King of Hungary, Stephen I, did in his time.

On both sides of the marble column are statues with 7 central figures from Hungarian history. These were the leaders of the Magyars tribes who conquered Hungary. On both sides of the monument the story is told of the past 1000 years in Hungary, with plaques and different statues.

Today many protests and gatherings take place here, as this place represents a meeting place in the city center. There are also formal governmental ceremonies that take place here.

With the history in the square, there are 2 ingredients in the Heroe's Square of great significance: The Art Gallery which was established in 1896, and the Art Museum that was added to the square in 1906. the Millennium Monument connects between the two.



A Closer Look at Night:

https://youtu.be/WKg9Epy-1-0


Vajdahunyadvr Castle
Vajdahunyad Castle
#About the Castle in the Public Park

Vajdahunyad Castle (Vajdahunyadvár Castle) is a beautiful castle located at a public park in Budapest, in Varosliget City Park. Today, it hosts the Hungarian Museum of Agriculture.

Actually, the beautiful castle is an open architectural museum, an architectural stunt by architect Ignác Alpár in 1896. In the eclectic castle, 21 different buildings were collected, taken from different regions and representing different periods and styles that characterize Hungarian building - from the Romanesque architecture, to Gothic architecture, and of the Renaissance-Baroque.

It seems that the main reason that this castle is known and loved around Budapest is that during winter the man-made lake nearby becomes an ice skating rink. During winter, many Budapest locals come here to enjoy the cold outdoor air, family time together or with friends, the rink is completely free.

For this reason, there is a skating club nearby, a bright colored building that was planned by Lechner Ödön. This is a long building, with glass windows and metal frames.

In the courtyard of the castle, there is a sculpture garden, with statues of the world's greatest people, and greatest Hungarians. But the interesting thing, is that with figures like Washington and Churchill, the most famous and beloved statue here is actually "Gallus Anonymous" - a clerk whose identity is unknown and sculpted as a figure wearing a hood without a face. This is the clerk of the court of the king of Hungary, Bella III, who wrote the history of his time, one of the most important in the history of Hungary. This is how Hungarians treat officials who do their work faithfully.



A Visit in the Beautiful Castle:

https://youtu.be/wzXnYgLkb2I



A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/A-4Tc_LbH-0



In Winter:

https://youtu.be/JlyMDdfxN0U
St. Stephen's Basilica
#About the Biggest Basilica in Budapest

The St. Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) is the largest church in Budapest. It is named after Saint Stephen, whose holy hand is preserved and secured at the basilica for many years. About 8,000 people come to the basilica daily to pray. In the basilica are art pieces and beautiful decorations.

The church began being built in 1851, and was finalized in 1906. During World War II it was bombed and badly damaged, however during the years it was renovated and returned to its former glory. In the renovations of 1870, the architect Joseph Metzger gave it a Gothic look, as he did to many buildings he renovated.

During World War II, art pieces and documents were hidden at the basement of the basilica of great historical importance. However, the basilica was badly damaged during the war. It was completely renovated only between the years 1983 and 2003.

In the past decade, it has also undergone renovations, deep internal and external renovations, that renovated and returned the basilica to its original beauty. The building combines different architectural styles, including neo-Classical and the neo-Renaissance style.



#What Can Be Seen Here?

Notice that in the basilica are beautiful mosaics that decorate the dome and the ceiling of the church. Look for the Baroque decorations around the interior of the basilica. Like in every church, there are many paintings and motifs of Christianity, however, when you will see the painting on the wall of Madonna, know that this painting is from 1472, and its importance is bigger than all of the rest of the paintings.

The basilica is 96 meters tall, and if you succeed in climbing the 323, you will reach the balcony at a height of 65 meters, with the incredible breath stopping view of all of Budapest.

From the balcony, you will see different sites around Budapest worth a visit. Notice that places like the Big Synagogue of Budapest, Heroe's Square, with the arches behind the main statue, or the pretty Museum of Art that in itself is beautiful, even from far away.


#Why Was the Building of the Basilica Prolonged?

This was in 1851 when the construction of the tallest Catholic basilica in Budapest, and the largest in Hungary, began. A strange chain of events and disasters disturbed the construction. This began with the death of the architects who planned the church, and continued in the collapse of the church dome in 1867. All these lead to huge delays and endless pushing of the finishing date, until it was complete in 1905.

However, it is not only the dates that were affected by the events that haunted the project. The look of the church was hurt quite a bit from the change of architectures and their styles. Maybe this is the reason that the exterior of the St. Stephen's Basilica is not less impressive than its size.




#Who Was the Stephen I?

Stephen I, who the basilica is named after, was the king of Hungary in 1000. He was the king who changed the official religion of Hungary to Christianity. Hungary owes Stephen I a lot, for he fortified the standing of Hungary as a significant country, between eastern and western Europe.

A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/4x68DGwI77Q?t=19s
Széchenyi Thermal Bath
#About the Popular Thermal Bath of Budapest

Want to bath in thermal baths just like in olden times? The thermal baths are an experience, and part of the experience in visiting Budapest. After all, this is the "Spa City" of Europe. In every corner there are thermal baths, whose water comes from hot water springs located under the city. These baths are known for helping to heal skin, digestion, and nerve problems.

Széchenyi Thermal Bath (Széchényi Spa) is the most popular bath in Budapest. These baths are located in the eastern part of the city, in Pest. This is a large site, and popular, thanks to its location in the public park. If you do not require total silence, then this place is pretty nice, even with the large crowds.

Nothing can be done - to here many locals and tourists come and visit. These are the largest baths in Europe, and are located in the largest public park in the city, Varosliget City Park.

To tell the truth, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is a huge place. There are three external swimming pools, with a wave pool for kids, and 12 more thermal baths with different temperatures and designs in the open air. Next to the baths, there is a sports center, spa, gym, physical therapy center, sauna, massages and more.

With the design, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath is the newest in the city, but has existed for a rather long time, since 1913. The design, accordingly, is from another period. The neo-Baroque style of the baths gives a special atmosphere to those bathing. In one visit, there is some doubt if you will be able to experience all the pools in the complex. But, you are more than welcome to come and try!



#Tips

Bring your own towels, otherwise, you will have to buy some here.



A Closer Look :

https://youtu.be/ZWnQgHT6dFI


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