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This was one of my favorite places that we visited in Budapest – the Hungarian National Gallery

It’s up in the Castle district and you can  pay to ride up in this cute Funicular.

It was very quiet and cool (in a not hot way!) and has a broad range of beautiful art from way back when.

I think because it was all new to my eyes – not ‘famous’ works of art that had been widely published –  I was able to really see the details and workmanship.

I took lots of detail photos, particularly of how artists represented pattern.

Canzi_ Grape Harvest

I took a zillion photos but these are some of my stand-outs – I didn’t take the name down of this one above but when I got home and looked at the close-up shots on my computer, I was blown away by the expressions on these characters faces.

The expressions captured are incredible.

I just loved the colours in this one below – but I probably said that about most of them.

Szonyi Funeral ion Zebegeny

Also – little known fact but after you have feasted on all the beautiful art over three floors, you can go up another and out onto the balcony for free! Budapest is all about climbing up to look back and get a good view and this was by far the least painful way to do it. Enjoy!

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We are just back from the beautiful Budapest.

 I always do a lot of internet research before I go any where and so I thought I’d return the favour and leave some recommendations here in amongst all the photos. Firstly it’s Buda’pesh (not pest)! and if you want the view you have to walk up to get it 😉

Matthias Church

The guide books and travel blogs will tell you the Top 10 of places to see but there is literally a beautiful old building on every street you walk down as Art Nouveau had a strong influence in the style of architecture.


Royal Postal Savings Bank

But don’t be deceived – going inside will often yield hidden treasures of beautiful plaster work, gold leaf and painted walls – case in point The Museum of Applied Arts up by the park.

It’s a walkable city on both sides of The Danube and there is loads to do and go and see.

Basilica

That said, taxis are slightly cheaper than here if your feet are failing you but you’re advised not to pick them up from the street even if they are all yellow.

We used Fo Taxis and were happy especially when we first arrived late at night – ignore being offered a cab at Arrivals and step outside to the Fo Taxi booth where they assign you a car and number and give you a receipt.

Szimpla Kert

 They also have a vibrant nightlife and food and drink culture – we happened upon lots of food festivals popped up in green spaces all over the city and they have the weather to enjoy these to the max.  We also loved the ‘ruin bar’ we went in – Szimpla Kert the grand-daddy of them all.

Cirkusz

 We ate and drank a lot! Some of our favourites were: Cirkusz for breakfast (well worth the 20 min queue) Vicky Cristina tapas and superb live music,

Tama for a fine dining experience – lovely staff and Doblo Wine Bar was very cool and did a super Hungarian wine tasting with finger food and a really good explanation of all the wines and regions in impeccable English.

We went to the Hungarian State Opera largely so we could see inside and it was worth it. you can walk all around during the interval so don’t worry if your seats don’t give you ‘the view’ but bear in mind once it’s over, they want you to leave quickly and don’t welcome photo shoots then.

The Parliament building is beautiful inside and out. Build on the Pest side to show the Buda side that the people’s voice was more important than the Royal Palace on the Buda side, it was also 2 m longer than our Houses of Parliament so it could be the biggest in the world.

Pre book a guided tour before you go – well worth it to snoop inside – it’s beautiful.

A river ride is good if you’re hot and tired – we went at night in order to get this view of Parliament.

fisherman’s Bastion

I didn’t expect it to be so hot so it’s good that they have a culture for  thermal bathing but research where and when you go.

Szechenyi Baths

We think we turned up at the wrong time and maybe at the wrong door and the outcome was a very expensive ‘swim’ in an outdoor public pool albeit one with nice architecture to look at and endless sunshine. Wish we’d gone to Gellert Baths.

As the Museum of Fine Art is shut for renovation we went to the zoo but left with very mixed feelings despite reviews saying it was a great day out and the zoo buildings alone were worth the trip – some animals were having fun, one building was beautifully tiled…

Last thing to mention as it might save you a wasted trip, is that the flea market in the park had been cancelled for sometime when we went so don’t get up early on your first day for it like we did!

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Back with some more Hungarian painty/textiley things soon.

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Hope some of this helps if you visit.

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