Giving the Budapest Cards a workout.

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Climber on the Museum of Fine Arts. When we came back out, they had nearly finished hanging two huge banners.

When Steve and I arrived in Budapest, we purchased two Budapest Cards. These cards cost $53 each and allow us into various museums for free. Possession of these cards means we have gone into museums we typically would not venture anywhere near -- because I am determined to get “my money’s worth.” Today was a good example of that!  

1) We took the subway (FWC…free w/ card!) to Heroes’ Square, which is the “gateway” to Varosliget (City Park). Its large monuments with warriors and flailing horses reminded me somehow of France. Nice.

2) On the left side of the square is the Museum of Fine Arts (FWC).
Don't look now, but I think someooooone's had a nose job... (Museum of Fine Arts.)
The Egyptian artifacts seemed oddly out of place here in Budapest, but I loved the sunlit galleries of Roman statues so much, I ran back for a photo pass (an extra 300 HUF). We spent more time here than planned, and already my feet and back were starting to hurt.

3) From here we walked into Varosliget (City Park), home of the Agricultural Museum (FWC). This is what I mean when I say this card has us going to places we wouldn’t normally choose to visit! But…it was actually pretty interesting, delivering more information than I ever knew (or cared to know frankly) on the topics of crop rotation and animal husbandry. They say this is the biggest museum of this type in Europe, and I sure believe it.

4) One of the best parts of the museum was the building it was in, Vajdahunyad Castle.
Vajdahunyad Castle. A very fancy home to the Agriculture Museum.
This crazy looking place has a real mishmash of styles, and was built for the millennial celebration of 1896… but wasn’t actually finished until 1908. Oops. The castle had many visitors, but we had the Agriculture Museum all to ourselves. I know, big surprise there.

5) We then went through Varosliget park to find the Exhibition on the History of Aviation (FWC), which involved way too much walking (at this point it could be called trudging) and made us more tired. When we found the place it looked so derelict and uninviting, we decided to pass. Oddly, they were setting up some sort of concert there. No idea what was going on, but it looks like a pretty sad museum.

6) Where, oh where is the Holocaust Memorial Center? We covered the park trying to locate it, to no avail. Disappointing -- this one looked like it would be a good.
Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence.


7) While looking for the Holocaust Memorial we did run into a Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence. Steve and I both loved the installation, but think it’s so sad when memorials aren’t kept up properly. There were weeds and long grass growing between the paving stones, and the effect was disuse and bad maintenance. Really nice memorial nonetheless though and worth a look if you are in that park.

8) Our plan was to walk home along Andrassy Avenue, but sore backs and feet got the best of us and we took the metro (FWC) home from there, not even yielding to the temptation of the House of Terror (museum covering the darkest sides of communism and fascism) that was on the way.

Whew! Big day, soooo tired.

After some chill time in the room, we went out to find dinner again, dreading what was waiting for us out there.
So CUTE! (the CAR, not the tourists!) :D
We have had such bad luck dining in Budapest. But…it seems our luck has changed! Using a Fodor’s recommendation, we found a lovely street lined with some great looking cafes (and more reasonably priced than in our awful tourist trap neighborhood). We ate at Soul Café and I was so happy to find not just one, but SEVERAL vegetarian options to choose from. Whooo! It was a tough decision, but I had a green salad with incredible, fresh tomatoes, and Steve had a chilled yogurt-cucumber soup (ew…he was jealous of my salad). Then I had a grilled vegetable dish (a little oily but tasty) and Steve had rump roast in a creamy sauce with potatoes which he aid was really good. Everything was beautifully presented. Finally, we get some good food in Budapest, and I was caught without my camera. :^(  

cmgervais says:
Or, for that matter...a dinosaur in Chicago?
Posted on: Aug 09, 2008
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Climber on the Museum of Fine Arts…
Climber on the Museum of Fine Art…
Dont look now, but I think someoo…
Don't look now, but I think someo…
Vajdahunyad Castle. A very fancy h…
Vajdahunyad Castle. A very fancy …
Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Rev…
Memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Re…
So CUTE! (the CAR, not the tourist…
So CUTE! (the CAR, not the touris…
Exterior of Museum of Fine Arts.
Exterior of Museum of Fine Arts.
Hanging a banner at the Museum of …
Hanging a banner at the Museum of…
Display room at the Museum of Fine…
Display room at the Museum of Fin…
Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Some really old guys. Museum of Fi…
Some really old guys. Museum of F…
Dates from 200 AD.
Dates from 200 AD.
Lovely lady at Museum of Fine Arts.
Lovely lady at Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Hes lost some appendages, but is …
He's lost some appendages, but is…
Marble portrait from 1st century B…
Marble portrait from 1st century …
Museum guard peeks at me. Yes, I h…
Museum guard peeks at me. Yes, I …
Love this one! Philosopher Hermarc…
Love this one! Philosopher Hermar…
Tomcat statue but August Gaul, 190…
Tomcat statue but August Gaul, 19…
The Paintings from around 1900 e…
The "Paintings from around 1900" …
Exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts.
Exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts.
They are a long way from home! Mus…
They are a long way from home! Mu…
Weird mummified things: birds. Mus…
Weird mummified things: birds. Mu…
Weird mummified things: cat. Museu…
Weird mummified things: cat. Muse…
Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Thats Steve. Museum of Fine Arts.
That's Steve. Museum of Fine Arts.
Perplexed by a the man and daughte…
Perplexed by a the man and daught…
Museum of Fine Arts.
Museum of Fine Arts.
Theyve almost finished hanging th…
They've almost finished hanging t…
Heroes’ Square.
Heroes’ Square.
Me in Heroes’ Square.
Me in Heroes’ Square.
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Tell me I haven't seen these same…
Some stinky smokers came by and ru…
Some stinky smokers came by and r…
A chapel on the Vajdahunyad Castle…
A chapel on the Vajdahunyad Castl…
Pretty fancy for being the Agricul…
Pretty fancy for being the Agricu…
Steve learns about animal husbandr…
Steve learns about animal husband…
Agricultural Museum veggie display.
Agricultural Museum veggie display.
Display Agricultural Museum. Check…
Display Agricultural Museum. Chec…
Wooley pig close up. Thats one we…
Wooley pig close up. That's one w…
This statue at Vajdahunyad Castle …
This statue at Vajdahunyad Castle…
Vajdahunyad Castle, home of the Ag…
Vajdahunyad Castle, home of the A…
Steve wanders through the memorial.
Steve wanders through the memorial.
The backside of the Memorial to th…
The backside of the Memorial to t…
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