Saturday, November 26, 2011

Vigadó Concert Hall

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(usually translated as "Place for Merriment") is located on the right-hand side of the Danube in Budapest, Hungary. Although the acoustics of Budapest's second largest concert hall are lacking, the building itself, designed by Frigyes Feszl in 1859 makes a bold impression along the Pest embankment. Built to replace another concert hall on the same site (which was destroyed by fire in the 1848 War of Independence) Feszl's Vigadó was also badly damaged, this time during World War II. The post-war reconstruction, which took some thirty-six years to complete, remains faithful to his original design and continues to attract leading conductors and performers from around the world. The facade of the Vigadó was cleaned and restored in 2006.
(Source: wikipedia)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Little Princess


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Sitting on the tram stop railing near to the Vigadó, on the Danube Embankment, the bronze statue of the Little Princess (Kiskirálylány) quickly became popular amongst pedestrians. The work of László Marton was unveiled in 1989.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Buda Castle

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Buda Castle (Hungarian: Budavári Palota) is the historicalcastle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings in Bdapest, first completed in 1265. In the past, it was also called Royal Palace (Hungrian: Királyi-palota).
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Buda Castle was built on the southern tip of Castle Hill, bounded on the north by what is known as the Castle District (Várnegyed), famous for its Medival, Baroque and 19th century houses, churches and public buildings. It is linked to Clark Ádám Square and the Széchenyi Chain Bridge by the Castle Hill Funicular.
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After the Mongolian conquest in the 13th century, King Béla IV. ordered fortresses from stone to be built. The fortress of Buda was also founded at that time. The castle reached its golden age during the rule of the renaissance king, Matthias. He had it enlarged and transformed to a palace.
Later, during the Turkish occupation of Hungary, it was under Turkish rule for over 150 years. Not even the Habsburgs cared much about it, as the empire was ruled from Vienna. During the second world war it was badly damaged. The Palace was founded around 1247, but the royal seat was in Visegrád until the 15th century. It went under major reconstructions several times.
Firstly, King Matthias converted the fortification to a palace, later Maria Theresa had it rebuilt and enlarged. In the 19th century the famous Hungarian architect Miklós Ybl got the comission to reconstruct it. From the original fittings unfortunately nothing was left. Today the buildings house the National Gallery, the National Library and the Historical Museum. From the panorama terrace there is a magnificent view of the Pest side.The castle is part of the Budapest World Heritage, declared in 1987.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chain bridge

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The Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Hungarian: Lánchíd) is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Budapest, and was opened in 1849.

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It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.
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The bridge has the name of István Széchenyi, a major supporter of its construction, attached to it, but is most commonly known as the Chain Bridge. At the time of its construction, it was regarded as one of the modern world's engineering wonders. It has asserted an enormous significance in the country's economic, social and cultural life, much as the Brooklyn Bridge has in New York and America.
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Its decorations made of cast iron, and its construction, radiating calm dignity and balance, have elevated the Chain Bridge to a high stature in Europe. It became a symbol of advancement, national awakening, and the linkage between East and West.

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The bridge was designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark in 1839, after Count István Széchenyi's initiative in the same year, with construction supervised locally by Scottish engineer Adam Clark (no relation). It is a larger scale version of William Tierney Clark's earlier Marlow Bridge, across the River Thames in Marlow, England.

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It was funded to a considerable extent by the Greek merchant Georgios Sinas who had considerable financial and land interests in the city and whose name is inscribed on the base of the south western foundation of the bridge on the Buda side.
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The bridge was opened in 1849, and thus became the first permanent bridge in the Hungarian capital, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. At the time, its center span of 202 metres (663 ft) was one of the largest in the world. The lions at each of the abutments were carved in stone by the sculptor, Marschalko János. They are visibly similar in design to the famous bronze lions of Trafalgar Square by Edwin Henry Landseer with Marochetti (commissioned 1858, installed 1867), but they were earlier - installed 1852. They are also smaller (and appear from below to lack tongues). The bridge was given its current name in 1898.
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It was designed in sections and shipped from the United Kingdom to Hungary for final construction. The bridge's cast iron structure was updated and strengthened in 1914. In World War II, the bridge was severely damaged during Siege of Budapest, and was rebuilt and reopened 1949.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Heroes' Square (Hősök tere, Budapest)

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Hősök tere (meaning "Heroes' Square" in Hungarian is one of the major squares of Budapest, Hugary, rich with historic and political connotationa. Its iconic statue complex, the Millennium Memorial, was completed in 1900, the same year the square was named "Heroes' Square". It lies at the end of Andrássy Avenue (with which it comprises part of an extensive World Heritage site), next to City Park.
Hősök tere is surrounded by two important buildings, Museum of Fine Arts on the left and Palace of Art (or more accurately Hall of Art) on the right.

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The central site of the hero's square, as well as a landmark of Budapest, is the Millennium Memorial (also known as Millennium Monument or Millenary Monument) with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history (see below). The construction of the memorial was started when the one thousandth anniversary was celebrated (in 1896), but it was finished only in 1900 and the square got its name then.
When the monument was originally constructed, Hungary was a part of the Austrian Empire and thus the last five spaces for statues on the left of the colonnade were reserved for members of the ruling Habsburg dynasty. From left to right these were: Ferdinand I (relief: Defense of the Castle at Eger); Leopold I (relief: Eugene of Savoy defeats the Turks at Zenta), Charles III, Maria Theresa (relief: The Hungarian Diet votes support "vitam et sanguinem") and Franz Joseph (relief: Franz Joseph crowned by Gyula Andrássy) The monument was damaged in World War II and when it was rebuilt the Habsburgs were replaced by the current figures.
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On the 16th June 1989 a crowd of 250,000 gathered at the square for the historic reburial of Imre Nagy, who had been executed in June 1958.
It is also a station of the yellow M1 (Millennium Underground) line of the Budapest Metro.
(Source: Wikipedia)
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Normafa

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A spot frequented by denizens of Budapest in the Buda hills, Normafa is known for its panoramic scenery and fresh air. It is located on Svábhegy (Sváb hill) in the XII. district and is in close proximity to János hill, the highest point in Budapest.
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The name is derived from the name of a tree, the "Norma tree." Traditionally the beech tree was planted by King Matthias Corvinus in the 15th century. The name stuck when performers from the Hungarian National Theater visited it, where they performed Vincenzo Bellini's Norma.
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Normafa is a popular place for excursions and in winter its a perfect place for skiing, sledging and snowboarding with great view to the city.

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PS.
There are few buffets (American hot-dog, mulled wine, hot tea, some grocery stores). And there is my favorite small wooden shade hiding behind the ski-buffet building, it's called "Rétes Büfé" (Strudel Buffet) and you can find there the most delicious strudel, what I've ever eaten it. :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Elizabeth lookout on Janos Hill, Budapest (Hungary)


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On the top of János Hill, at the highest point of Budapest, stands the Elizabeth Lookout (Erzsébet-kilátó, built in 1908-1910).

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The lookout offers a splendid view in all directions and in clear weather it is possible to see as far as the mountain peaks at 77 kilometres.
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The neo-Romanesque tower is 23.5 metres-high with a circular base and a terraced layout. A 101-step spiral staircase leads to the top. Frigyes Schulek designed the tower, which was built partly from public donations. The terrace around the tower was built in 1931.
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The stone lookout tower we see today replaced an earlier wooden structure. János Hill had already become a popular recreational spot among the inhabitants of the capital by the 19th century. In 1882 Queen Elizabeth (also known as Sisi), wife of the Austrian Emperor and Hungarian King Franz Joseph, made an excursion to the top of János Hill. The lookout was named after Queen Elizabeth.
There are several ways to get to the lookout. If you are planning a longer walk, you may approach it using the Cogwheel Railway (Fogaskerekű vasút) or, if you are only looking for a short walk, it is worth travelling there by the Children's Railway (Gyermekvasút) or the Chairlift (Libegő).

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gyémánt Fürdő Tatabánya, Diamond Bath Tatabanya

Tatabánya is a city of 69,988 inhabitants in north-western Hungry, in the Central Transdanubian Region. It is the capital of Komárom-Esztergom Country. The city is located in the valley between the Gerecse and Vértes Mountains, some 55 km (34 mi) from Budapest. By virtue of its location, the city is a railway and road junction. The M1 (also European routes E 60, E75) motorway from Vienna to Budapest passes through the outer city limits, and the Vienna-Budapest railway line also passes through the city.

Tourist sights:
  • The Turul monument, above the city on the top of Gerecse Mountain, is the largest bird statue in Central Europe.
  • The Szelim cave and the forest park of Gerecse Mountain are popular tourist attractions.
  • Nearby mountains (Vértes, Gerecse) and villages are a great place to spend time; neighbouring Tata has a beautiful lake and a medieval castle.
The Gyémánt Fürdő (Diamond Bath) is a great place for the whole family to enjoy in green area, both in summer and winter.

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Address: 2800 Tatabánya, Cseri u. 33.
Tel.: 34/309-390
Fax.: 34/309-391
Opening hours: 9:00 - 20:00

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lake Balaton (Zánka and Balatonfüred)


It's already autumn with rain and cold weather and I just now realised that I didn't post all of my favorite summer photos previously. Sorry, nowI share these photos with you or with the world:) ...better later than never :)

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Lake Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central-Europe and represents one of the greatest environmental treasures and a unique ecological fortune of Hungary. Its popularity results from the favorable climate, the warm water in summer, and the nice landscape surrounding the lake.
The mountainous region of the northern shore is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region, while the flat southern shore is known for its resort towns.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hegyestű - Balaton Uplands National Park (Hungary)


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Hegyestű is a special geological site in Hungary, north from Lake Balaton in the Kali basin. The volcanic area is one of the most spectacular sites, not only in Hungary, but even in Europe. The basaltic monolithic was formed by a volcanic eruption about 3,5-4 millio years ago.

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Really a beautiful and interesting place with an amazing view :)

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More information about Hegyestű you can find here.