Budapest

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Coat of arms long castle hill walls.
Budapest was quite nice and the experience was made even nicer because I stayed in a great hostel and met a lot of great people. Budapest is actually two cities - the older Buda, located on one side of the river, is dominated by Castle Hill. Like the name suggests, it is a hill with a castle on it, surrounded by a few small streets lined with older architecture. Pest, located on the opposite side of the river, is flat and more "modern."

I can't really weave a cohesive narrative right now, so I'll just write about a few things in random order:

1. Went to go see an "underground" Hungarian rock band that was playing in an outdoor venue by the river. The music was actually pretty decent and there were hundreds of mostly young Hungarian fans dancing and cheering in the crowds.
Chain bridge.
It was only about a $1 to get in, and it seemed like quite an authentic Budapest experience.

2. Checked out the famous baths of Budapest, but actually found them quite disappointing! To be honest, they just seemed like big swimming pools with some cheesy statues surrounding them. Although the water was nice, I could have just been at the local YMCA (albeit with more speedos).

3. Ate authentic Hungarian goulash cooked in a giant pot in the backyard of the hostel. It was hot.

4. Went to a lot of cool museums. The House of Terror, in particular, was pretty amazing. It is a museum with lots of interactive exhibits designed for people with short attention spans like me.

5. Explored some cheesy labyrinths beneath castle hill with an oil lamp at night.
cneoridium says:
Eric, what hostel was that? My friend is going next week and looking for a place...
Posted on: Dec 30, 2007
mjuriel says:
ahh, Eric, I miss Budapest and all the cool people at the hostel! And def the goulash in the backyard.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2007
lalitsingh99 says:
which hostel did u stay in???
Posted on: Feb 10, 2007
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Coat of arms long castle hill wall…
Coat of arms long castle hill wal…
Chain bridge.
Chain bridge.
Fountain in castle hill plaza.
Fountain in castle hill plaza.
Posing next to some wall art in th…
Posing next to some wall art in t…
Top of castle hill, overlooking Pe…
Top of castle hill, overlooking P…
Above a gate.
Above a gate.
Buda and castle hill at night.
Buda and castle hill at night.
Vaci U., a popular shopping street.
Vaci U., a popular shopping street.
Hostel room.
Hostel room.
Hostel gazeebo and hammocks in the…
Hostel gazeebo and hammocks in th…
Owners of the hostel made traditio…
Owners of the hostel made traditi…
More hammocks, where I passed many…
More hammocks, where I passed man…
Gazeebo.
Gazeebo.
Budapest Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Really good dessert and cake place on top of Castle Hill in Buda. Founded in 1827, it used to serve desserts for Hapsburg royalty. Its small, shaded, … read entire review
Budapest Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
This restaurant, located on a moored ship along the bank of the muddy Danube, was highly recommended by my guidebook, but I found the food unremarkabl… read entire review
Budapest Sights & Attractions review
The castle labyrinths on Buda hill are an odd but enjoyable experience. Apparently the entire complex of underground caves was created entirely by the… read entire review
Budapest Sights & Attractions review
I was really looking forward to checking out the baths in Budapest, but to be honest was quite disappointed in the entire experience. The Szechenyi ba… read entire review
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