Audio tourBudapest - history walk of Buda with Tim Richards
- Audio tour Summary
- Vienna Gate
- Hungarian Army Museum
- The view over Buda
- The good luck Hussar
- Matthias Church - outside
- Matthias Church - interior
- Fishermen's Bastion
- Golden Eagle Pharmacy museum
- Sandor Palace
- Hungarian National Gallery
- Matthias Fountain
- Rock Church
- Gelert Thermal Baths
Audio tour Summary
Budapest is one of the most attractive and interesting capital cities in Europe. It makes great use of its location on the Danube as it flows through Hungary. It has the impressive castle district high on a hill which is the historic heart of the city. In the years since Communism was kicked out Budapest has developed a strong capitalist "buzz" as people's commercial energy has been unleashed. I've created three walking guides - this first one is a walk ( mostly gently downhill ) around the historic area around Buda Castle.
Hungarian Army Museum
There's some important history in this series of collections. Perhaps the most moving is the story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution mercilessly crushed by the Soviet Union.
The view over Buda
There are wonderful views out over wooded Buda from the promenade which runs along this side of the castle hill...
The good luck Hussar
This is a fine equestrian statue of a Hungarian Hussar - a very distinguished one - but parts of the horse have become good luck charms for Budapest's students !
Matthias Church - outside
The church is a brilliant, shining, pristine example of a recent restoration. But while the outside is wonderful to look at you'll be impressed later by the interior too...
Matthias Church - interior
The restoration is new but just wonder at the fabulous, over-the-top decoration inside this gem of a building...
The Fishermen's Bastion is not actually centuries old as it appears... but climb up for a superb view over the Danube, the Hungarian Parliament on the opposite side of the river and for lots of other buildings including the famous Chain Bridge...
Golden Eagle Pharmacy museum
This museum reveals the fascinating history of early efforts by medieval alchemists to create gold from base metal. Their endeavours began the science of chemistry as they discovered all sorts of odd things about what the Earth is made of...
This is not the most imposing building in Budapest - but that's a good thing - no one wants the Head of State living in incredibly wealthy surroundings. Actually the president mainly entertains dignitaries here. The guard changes on the hour... catch that if you can time your visit right...
Hungarian National Gallery
There's some fabulous art in here. I had never heard of some of the Hungarian painters who work I now admire hugely... well worth some time to stroll the different galleries...
Just take a few moments to admire this wonderful, tall, ornate fountain telling a story from early Hungarian legend. The bloodhounds are particularly appealing. Then just walk round the corner and through the great Lion gateway...
The Rock Church - deep in caves in the side of the hill - was closed for decades by the Communists but now you can visit and maybe have a few silent moments of contemplation whether you are religious or not...
Gelert Thermal Baths
Just get ready to be impressed by the ornate decoration and the pomp of these thermal baths. There are all the modern treatments and swimming fun to be had but in grand surroundings. There are also outdoor baths for warmer weather - unless you like to luxuriate in hot water with snow and ice around you year round...
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