The Central Market in Budapest, Hungary, is a place to lose yourself one morning walking through their kiosks and buying some of the many and good local products that are for sale. They say that the best way to the richness of a country is to visit its markets, if they offer abundant products of quality. THat´s when you know you are in a good country. Here we found variety and good material. The market has two floors. On the top floor you can have a bargain with a glass of hot wine or eat in one of the restaurants where cheap prices give you the chance to enjoy traditional food. For sure it will be entertaining.
The Memento Park seems to me like a fabulous place, one of those that continue to amaze visitors. The monumental statues of the Communist leaders were retired from the streets of Budapest after the fall of the Iron Curtain between 1989 and 1990, and they can now be views as a collection in this museum located on the outskirts of the city. It is about a 20 minutes drive and really is a must in the Hungarian capital.
As you may know, the city of Budapest is divided in two. Pest is the commercial and residential part of the city, whereas Buda is the more monumental side. Buda is home to the famous Buda Castle and is a World Heritage Site, but the downside is that it has become very touristy and is full of restaurants and shops that travel purists might not find of much interest. That being said, the views from around Buda are just incredible. Pest, on the other hand, is where most of the population of Budapest lives, and it shows. The streets are full of people, cars and trams, as well as shops, bars, and ruins bars. In short, Pest is full of life. It's a modern, cosmopolitan city that has managed to rebuild amid the ruins of buildings destroyed during the two World Wars.
I choose Budapest in December because I wanted to have a christmas spirit experience (I live in Israel so I don't have that every year).. The markets were extraordinary, the food, the hot wine, the christmas gifts and the people made my dream come true.
Got curious and checked the monuments. I realized, I was standing at a really important place. After I went again. So I'm going to go there for the third-time.
It's in Pál utca you can reach there from József Kert.
Budapest has tons of transportation options but the most romantic and authentically Budapest is the tram. The trams go just about everywhere in the city (in contrast to the Metro) and give you the chance to admire some of the city's beautiful buildings while you move from A to B. It's like taking a trip back in time!
The so-called Wall of Heroes is a street monument with photos of people executed in 1958 after the famous 1956 uprising. Just across from it is a similar memorial depicting chains which form a symbolic iron curtain.
Corvin Ter is a pretty little square located on the banks of the Danube river in the Vizivaros area of Buda. It's location makes it particularly prone to flooding during periods of heavy rain. At Corvin ter, you'll find an interesting Baroque palace, a church, the Hungarian Heritage House which hosts traditional Hungarian dances, and a complex of four colorful homes dating back to the 18th century.
If you want to reach the top of Gellert Hill (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, by the way), you have to take a maze-like series of stairs and paths through a beautiful area of lawns and forests. This is Jubilee Park. It's a gorgeous area but the downside is that it's easy to get lost as there aren't many points of reference or information about where you're going.
Near the Hungarian National Opera and perpendicular to Andrássy Avenue, you'll find Nagymezo Utca, the cultural heart of the city. In fact, it's known as the Broadway of Budapest. The street houses five theaters, a music conservatory, a museum of contemporary art, a photography museum, a church, an annual art festival, seven music clubs and countless bars and restaurants. I especially liked the House of Hungarian Photography, built in 1894, with its exhibits of avant-garde photography. It's a very special place for photography enthusiasts and is somewhat off the typical tourist trail in Budapest. At night, Nagymezo Utca becomes the liveliest street of Budapest and is popular among tourists and locals alike.
As we were headed to the Szechenyi Baths, we passed by the spectacular Vajdahunyad Castle and the lake full of art works. This is Art on Lake, an exhibit put on by the Museum of Fine Arts which displays the works of 25 artists from around Europe on a city lake. Artists from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and many other countries created works specifically for this unique exhibition space. It’s absolutely beautiful.
The Holy Crown of Hungary (also known as the Crown of St. Stephen) is located in the Hungarian Parliament. Ever since the 12th century, all of the kings of Hungary were crowned with the same crown excepts for three: Ladislaus I of Hungary, John Sigismund Zápolya, and Joseph II. The crooked cross at the top calls your attention immediately and it is believed that was added in the 16th century. This cross is currently tilted to the left and many believe that it was actually able to rotate up until around the 17th century.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous movement against Hungary's Communist government and the policies imposed by the Soviet Union which lasted from October 23 to November 10, 1956. The revolution started as a student protest but ended up attracting thousands more in a huge march through downtown Budapest toward the Hungarian Parliament. A group of students were arrested when they entered the national radio building in an attempt to broadcast the demands of the protesters. When demonstrators gathered to demand their release, the Hungarian police opened fire from the rooftops of surrounding buildings, massacring hundreds. This memorial was raised in memory of this harrowing event.
The Institut Francais of Budapest is located in a modernist building built in 1922 with an asymmetrical facade and triangular roof. From the library of the institute, you have excellent views of the Danube. Inside, there is also a cafe, exhibition falls, and spaces for concerts and festivals.
The Military Court of Justice is a large building with a particularly gloomy and severe air about it. Not surprising, given that the building was used by both the Gestapo and Stalin's secret police. In 1958, Prime Minister Nagy was tried and sentenced to death.
The National Archives of Hungary were built by Pecz Samu in 1923 and currently holds records from the first half of the 18th century up until the middle of the 20th century. You can visit every weekday, but you need to make an appointment ahead of time.