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What To See Around The Pest Side of Budapest

 

It’s been several months since I visited Budapest in Hungary but the beauty of that place still lingers in my mind like it was just yesterday.  I have expected most of Europe to be similar in terms of architecture and design but somehow, I have been taken by Budapest’s beauty.

I have seen various old towns and cities of other European countries. Their beauty varies from one another. Budapest in Hungary is like a gem tucked in the Central part of Europe. Budapest has been cited as one of the beautiful cities in the world and a top travel destination by a famous travel magazine.

Budapest is the combination of 2 cities, the Buda and Pest side. These 2 are separated by several bridges and one of that is the famous Chain Bridge.

If you are visiting Budapest anytime soon, take note of these places when you are in the Pest side.

 

Andrassy Avenue

The Andrassy Avenue is touted as the Champs Elysees of Budapest. Museums, theaters and opera house line up along this grand Avenue. You can also visit the House of Terror which shows the horrors of what Hungary had experienced during the 20th century.

 

Danube Promenade / Danube Bank

The Danube river bank serves as the promenade of many locals and tourists alike. Here, you can find the Memorial of the Shoes. These shoes are bronze replicas of the Jews who were executed by the Arrow Crosses. They were made to remove their shoes by the bank before they were shot, and their bodies fell and drifted along the River Danube. It is a very poignant memorial to honor those who have perished during the ugly face of World War II.

 

Vaci Utca

This is a famous shopping area in Budapest. It is lined with shops and eateries with beautiful, ornate facade. You can stroll here and enjoy the atmosphere or just sit back in one of the coffee shops and people watch.

 

Hungarian National Parliament

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Nestled in front of the Danube River, the Hungarian National Parliament is a prominent Neo-Gothic architectural structure in the Pest side of Budapest. It is easy to see this place from various trams plying through the area. Tourists can easily walk to the building from the Chain Bridge and traverse the lovely cobble stone street of Pest.

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica

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I was very lucky to have stayed near the Istvan Basilica (St. Stephen’s Basilica) during my vacation in Budapest, Hungary last year. The view from my room was the dome of this beautiful Basilica. Regular mass is still being held in the Basilica. You can also tour the inside of the Basilica for free but take note of the timing as it is not open throughout the day. You can also climb up in the bell tower for a fee for a breath-taking view of Budapest.

The basilica is the largest in the city and can hold around 8,000 plus people. It also houses the relic of St. Stephen’s right hand which is also open for the public to view.

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Széchenyi Baths

This is a huge bath complex in the whole of Europe.  It is relatively cheap to enjoy a good bath in this huge complex that is open until night time.

 

Great Market Hall

This place is located at the end of Szabadsag Bridge. It is also known as the Central Market Hall. It has 3 levels. The market sells a wide variety of goods from the famous paprika spice of Hungary, to the many tasty sausages and salamis, local produce, and other dry goods such as Hungarian embroidery and fabrics, and other arts and crafts. You can also grab some ready to eat food here or sample their local cuisine in the food stalls inside the market.

 

The Chain Bridge

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The famous beautiful bridge that spans between the Buda and Pest sides of Budapest across the Danube River is called The Chain Bridge. I managed to cross the bridge on foot to reach the Buda side and the view is spectacular! I highly recommend this to visitors in Budapest. There is a pathway on each side of the bridge for pedestrians and bicycle access as well. And once you reach the middle part, take a good look of the beautiful scene in front of you. You get to see Buda and Pest!

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The Great Synagogue

This Synagogue is the largest built in the entire of Europe around 1854-1859 in a Moorish style architecture. Next to it is the Jewish Museum which features their tradition, culture, costumes, and history.

 

Vajdahunyad Castle

Vajdahunyad Castle is located inside the city park near the Széchenyi Baths. It was built during 1896 for the Millennial Exhibition in Hungary, and it also houses the Museum of Agriculture.

 

Let me share this brief video I have taken from the Buda Hill and it shows the marvelous vista of Pest.

Panoramic view of Pest from the Buda Hill

 

There are more to see in the Pest side of Budapest that I haven’t included here. If you have been to Budapest, you can share more places of interest by leaving a comment in this post.

I hope you will consider these places of interest when you plan your vacation to Budapest.

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Hidden Costs That Drive Up The Price Of Your Vacation

Posted in travel, travel guide, travel info, travel savings, travel tips
on July 31, 2017

Vacation’s cost a lot of money, everybody knows that. Once you add up the price of flights, accommodation and spending money, you’re looking at a hefty bill. But what you might not realize is that there are lots of other smaller costs added on top that you might not have considered. These can soon build up and massively increase the price of your vacation. You can search for cheaper flights and hotels to reduce the price a little, but if you want to save as much as possible, you need to get those hidden costs under control.

 

Extra Baggage

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Most plane tickets these days don’t cover the cost of your suitcase and you’ll have to pay extra for it. When the whole family are coming with you, that can add up to quite a significant amount. Most people just suck it up and pay the extra fees because they think they need a suitcase, but that isn’t always true. The size of hand luggage that you’re allowed to take on is actually pretty big so you can probably get most of the stuff you need in there. If you’ve all filled your hand luggage to the brim and you still can’t fit it in, why not consider just getting one shared suitcase to put all of the extra bits in. It will cut the costs by around $20 per person which can add up when there’s a few of you.

 

Parking

Parking lot fees at airports are usually pretty ridiculous, but you can’t avoid it. What you can do, however, is cut the costs. The long-term parking lots are usually a bit further away but they cost a lot less. Most of the time there is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the airport so for the sake of a ten minute bus ride, it’s worth parking further out and saving the cash.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is a must when you’re going away. If your holiday is cancelled and you don’t have insurance then you’ll lose everything. You’ll also find yourself in trouble if you need to visit a hospital. So, you can’t avoid it, but you can save some money on it if you compare travel insurance. The prices between different companies vary a lot so you can save big money by shopping around.

 

Pick Your Airport

Most people tend to go for the biggest or the nearest airport when they’re booking flights but you won’t always get the best deal there. If you’re willing to travel a bit further to the airport, you could save yourself considerable amounts on the tickets. You might have to compromise a bit on the day and time that you fly but it’s worth it for the savings that you can make.

 

Extra Hotel Charges

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Hotel prices can be deceiving and a price that seems cheap might end up being expensive by the time you check out. Lots of hotels offer a cheap base rate but add extra charges for things that you’ll need while you’re there. There can be charges for things like using the safe in the room and housekeeping charges. You won’t be able to avoid these things so you’ll end up with a massive bill at the end of the vacation. When you’re booking hotels, read through all of their extra charges and factor them in and don’t be fooled by offers that seem cheap.   

 

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A Walk On The Wild Side

Posted in travel, travel ideas, travel info, travel tips
on June 22, 2017

For serious travelers, going away is less about sun and more about culture. Such people wander around and speak to locals. They eat the food, speak the language, and always choose to head to local points of interest over sitting by the pool. But, there’s one cultural factor even the most avid explorers often forget; the animals.

Seeing animals indigenous to your destination can take travel to a whole new level. Of course, how much you gain from that experience depends on the way in which you choose to see them. Wherever you are, you’ll have the option of visiting a zoo. But, as this article on https://www.thedodo.com shows, these are far from your best options. Besides which, there’s no guarantee the animals you see there come from the country you’re visiting. Instead, you might want to look a little further afield. That’s why we’ve put together a list to help you get to grips with the nature of a place.


SAFARI

There’s no way we could write this list without mentioning safari. If it’s wildlife you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than this. As well as seeing the animals of a country, you’ll get to see amazing natural landscapes. So, this has appeal, even if seeing animals isn’t your goal.

Bear in mind that safaris rarely come cheap. If you’re considering this option, it’s worth ensuring you get the most for your money. And, nowhere is better for that than Kenya. As the options on sites like http://www.kenyatraveltips.com/safari-in-kenya show, this is the ultimate safari destination. You could opt for a three-day safari, and use the rest of your time to explore other wonders Kenya has to offer, such as the Ngong Hills. Or, you could go all out with an eleven-day option. If you’ve never experienced safari before, this may be worth doing. You’ll be a seasoned pro in no time.

 

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VOLUNTEER

Nothing beats making a difference when you travel. And, when it comes to animals, there are some incredible volunteer opportunities which would allow you to do just that. This is an option with endless benefits. You’ll gain real satisfaction from the work you do, and you’ll get to know those animals in a way you would never have otherwise.

As we’re considering experiencing animals of certain cultures, some options are better than others. You could volunteer with pandas in China, or orangutans in Indonesia. It is important to note that your volunteer placement will form the basis of your holiday. Ensure that’s a commitment you’re willing to make before you sign up to anything!

 

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EXPLORE

If you’re not willing to give your whole holiday over to your wildlife seeking pursuits, keep things simple. Exploring a place is all it takes to see the nature around you. If you’re walking around anywhere, be sure to keep an eye out. While you may have to go off the beaten track to see the really amazing creatures, you should see plenty of natural life when walking down the street!

 

 

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The Things that Can Make Traveling a Little Easier

Posted in travel info, travel tips
on December 4, 2015
Travelling is a lot of fun; I’m sure you’ll agree. But it can be incredibly difficult as well. Here are some of the best things that make travelling a little easier.
Google Maps

Where would we be without Google Maps? Well, we’d still have ordinary maps, but they’re so much more difficult to use! The site allows you to see where you are and what’s around you. And even the most seasoned travellers can get lost when they arrive in a place that they’ve never been to before. For me, it’s one of the most important tools for any traveller to use. It helps you out of those tricky situations, especially when you’re travelling alone.
A Good Wallet

When you are travelling, you need to have somewhere to keep all your money, cards and documents. So, having a large wallet that is able to carry everything you need to have with you is essential. You should even have two of them if you ask me. This is so that you can separate your money into two lots. That way, if one of the wallets gets lost or stolen, you will still have another one to rely on. Buy wallets that are of a good quality though. You’ll be using it a lot, so you don’t want a cheap one.

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Travel Forums

There’s something very important about talking to people who know what they’re saying before you travel to a place. This is what a travel forum offers you, so make sure you seek out a good one. Travel forums are filled with people who have lots of experience of heading to places all over the world. They’ll be able to give you tips and advice that could make your visit a lot better than it otherwise would have been. So, if you’re going to travel India, for example, find a forum about travelling in that part of the world.
A Cushion

Let’s face it, travelling can be tiring and uncomfortable. If you’re going from plane to train to bus, you barely have time to rest your head. That’s when having a good cushion in your rucksack can be a real life-saver. You can whip it out of your bag and turn that train window into somewhere that you can rest your head in total comfort. You can find travel cushions that are made to be adaptable and not take up much space in your rucksack. So, have a look at the deals you can find.
A Guidebook

There’s nothing complicated or new about a good travel guidebook. But it’s one of the most essential tools you’ll have when travelling. No matter where you’re going in the world, there’s sure to be a guidebook that you can buy to help you out when you’re there. And it’s so cheap and easy to pick up cheap second-hand books nowadays. That means that you don’t have to break the bank either. The best guidebooks will tell you everything that you need to know about the place you’re visiting. 


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