Friday, March 30, 2012

Szentendre (Hungary)

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Szentendre is a beautiful, cozy little town in Pest county, Hungary, near Budapest, sits at the foot of the Pilis Hill, on the Danube bank north of Budapest. It is known for its museums (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum), galleries, artists and churches.

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Due to its picturesque appearance and easy rail and river access, it has become a popular destination for tourists staying in Budapest. There are many facilities, including souvenir shops and restaurants. For example can be found here my favorite fried dough vendor :)
I love the atmosphere of this town :)

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

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These early spring photos were taken on the Strázsa-hegy at the western end of the Pilis hills, next to the garden-suburb of Esztergom, at the foot of Kis-Strázsa hill where you can find the western gate of the Danube-Ipoly National Park, the Esztergom Visitor Centre, which is an ideal starting point to get to know the National Park. The most important information about the wildlife of the Pilis hills is presented by a small exhibition. The neighbourhood of the visitor centre has preserved its natural values completely due to the fact that it served as a military shooting ground for more than 100 years. The visitors can enjoy these values if they walk along the 1,2 km long, circular study trail starting from the visitor centre. On your way you can see bank swallow nests hollowed out in the loess walls, protected plants alternating in the different seasons such as the pheasant's eye, the pulsatilla, the meadow anemone, or the dwarf iris, and from the look-out tower on the top of Kis-Strázsa hill you can enjoy a unique panorama.
(Source: iranymagyarorszag.hu)

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nádas Pihenőpark, Vasad (Hungary)

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Nádas Pihenőpark is situated among beautifully landscaped surroundings between Monor and Üllő, in Vasad, cc. 35 km far from Budapest. Three fishing ponds, adventure park, restaurant and inn await the guests.

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The Adventure Park is cool! :)

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Snowdrop carpet

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There's a huge snowdrop carpet in Alcsút Arboretum in more than 2 acres :)

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The Alcsúti Arboretum is probably the most original landscape garden in Hungary. It is situated next to the village of Alcsútdoboz in Fejér county, 40 kms from Budapest, between the M1 and the M7 motorways in the magnificent Valley of Vál along the 811 main road.

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This tranquil 100 acre (ca. 40 hectares) garden was founded by the Habsburgs in the 1820s, when Joseph Palatin had one of Hungary's most attractive classicist-style palaces erected. The park was designed by Carl Tost – a gardener master at Schönbrunn, in Austria – and several hundred exotic and indigenous species of plants were planted.

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In 1872 a wonderful Palm House – designed by Miklós Ybl – was attached to the palace and a watering system was created, and the fountain of an arthesian well supplied the lake with crystal clear water from a depth of 123 metres.

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The rare collection of trees and shrubs is a nature protected arboretum, and is part of the National Heritage. The park is open to the public and provides different programmes all year round.

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The chapel is home for wedding ceremonies, concerts and different exhibitions.

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(Source: Botanic Gardens Conservation International)