I have mentioned before in the blog how I love to travel and to see (and of course photograph) new places. I love to see some places again pand again, but somehow the thrill of seeing totally new places is really important to me.
Europe is a spectacular sub-continent for a traveller. There are so many different cities and towns to visit with beautiful architecture, their own culture and people. For those who would rather spend their time on the beach or in the countryside there are even more possibilities. I have spent a fair bit of time abroad but there is and always will be so much to see, much more than one can see in a lifetime of traveling I would think.
Budapest has been one of those many cities that have intrigued me. Hungarians are said to be of the same language group as us Finns, although the differences in language are so vast that there is no possible way of understanding each others native tongues. But still, in some way, they are a “relative” nation to us. Thus we read about Hungarians and Budapest in school and so there was some forehand knowledge of the country ever since I was at school as well. As an avid reader I have also read many books where something or the other takes place in (usually Communist) Budapest. Finally my mother has fondly remembered her visit to Budapest when she was young.
So with that in mind it was great to finally have the chance to visit Budapest on a holiday week.
Budapest is located far from the sea but the biggest attraction and city defining thing is water. The Danube to be exact. A huge river that runs through so many European countries has contributed in the dual nature of Hungarys capital. Before there was the capital of Buda and the small town of Pest across the river. As time passed the two towns joined as one and now there is the beautiful old town on one side and a sprawling modern city on the other.
Despite the difficulties a river causes to building roads etc there is an excellent public transport system in the city. Metro system is excellent and is backed up by trams, underground trams, buses and trains as well as a couple of river ferries.
For a tourist this means easy access to the citys many sights even if one is not willing to pay the premium of centrally located hotels.
Trams as well as the metro are easy to use as you always know the stops, buses require a bit of map reading skills.
Shade is very important in the hot mid-day hours of summer. This fellow was very pictoresque to my eyes.
This special trainline runs in the Buda hills and it is a beautiful ride through forests and lovely hillside views. A great getaway to the hills if one is tired of the bustle and hotness of a multimillion city. Or just want to hike and see a better view of the city as a whole.
The trains specialty is that the workers are children (under adult supervision). Properly a tourist attraction but in any case a lovely way to spenda couple of hours.
The sort of scenery you can see in the hills. A lovely place to visit and to get that higher vantagepoint and see a little of what the city has to offer in big parks.
Of course the hills have wildlife as well and this snake was a bit of a suprise when nearly trod on.. No idea what species of snake this is and whether IT is venomous or not.
More and more an international tradition to find locks in the symbol of love. This with a lovely view as well.