Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

     

Budapest is the clash of many architectural styles.

     

Belgrád rakpart (Belgrade Embankment) and a slice of downtown Budapest.

     

Panoramic view of a small section of Budapest.

     

Old style Budapest balcony with drying clothes and a bike.

     

St Stephen's Basilica (Szent István Bazilika) from Zrínyi utca.

     

Domes on the tops of tenements in Blaha Lujza tér, one of the most crowded squares in the city.

     

Canoening on a smaller branch of the Danube in southern Budapest

     

The colors of Cafe Classico.

     

Canoeing on the Danube

     

Buda Palace (Várpalota) resides on Castle Hill, and is surrounded by the Castle District (Várnegyed).

     

The Castle's back garden blossoms with hundreds of flowers in the spring.

     

A stroll in the Castle at night.

     

Buda Castle, Chain Bridge, and the funicular taking people up to the castle between the two.

     

Atmospheric walkway on Castle Hill.

     

The house with the bend in the wall, in Anna utca (in the heart of the Castle District).

     

Fishermen's Bastion, a structure much more elaborate than useful.

     

Details of the Fishermen's Bastion

     

Gathering clouds over Fishermen's Bastion.

     

Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya) beautifully illuminated at night.

     

One of the Bastion's towers with St Stephen's statue.

     

Colorful houses in Buda's castle district.

     

Tranquil night in the castle district

     

Sándor Palota, the residence of the president of Hungary.

     

The sign of Ruszwurm Confectioners.

     

Steps leading to Buda Castle in Budapest.

     

Szent György tér, where the Sándor Palota and the Castle Theatre (Várszínház) are located.

     

An ideal place for reading

     

View over Buda from Gellért Hill

     

Wet door after a sudden rain in the castle.

     

Colors

     

One of the many colors of Budapest's Castle District.

     

Chain Bridge (Lánchíd), one of the most characteristic icons of Budapest.

     

The Chain Bridge was built around 1848 and rebuilt after WWII.

     

Details above the bridge's archway include the Hungarian coat-of-arms.

     

The Chain Bridge in a snowstorm.

     

Chains of light.

     

Lánchíd in winter.

     

Reflections on the majestic Danube.

     

Across the Danube.

     

The frozen details of the Chain Bridge.

     

Afternoon gossip.

     

Chess in City Park

     

View of the Castle Hill funicular, the roundabout of Adam Clark Square, the Chain Bridge, and the Basilica in the background.

     

Spring on the steps leading to the Hungarian National Museum

     

Castle hill

     

A 1916 issue of the Alkotmány ('Constitution') newspaper on a wall in downtown Budapest - the paper talks about life on the front in World War I, among others listing the coffee prices in Isonzo, Italy, where Austria-Hungary and Italy fought several battles.

     

Corvin Square, a peaceful spot just below Castle Hill.

     

Couple of Margaret Island (Margitsziget)

     

At a pedestrian crossing on József körút

     

The bugs are watching

     

Crumbling facade among the beautifully restored ones in Budapest's financial district.

     

The cycle path running along the Danube is one of the most popular in the city

     

Cycle counter on Múzeum körút in front of the National Museum - 396 cyclists today, 67,987 cyclists so far this year (photo taken in April)

     

Typical Budapest architecture lining the bank of the Danube.

     

The Danube bank at night - the majority of the houses here are occupied by offices, hence the dark windows.

     

The Danube near sunset.

     

Budapest.

     

Snowfall is rare but when it happens, it tends to be heavy, coating the city completely in a white layer.

     

Snowy view of Batthyány tér.

     

Skinny trees with forlorn bench.

     

Tram stop along the Danube Walkway.

     

Slowly decaying embankment

     

Cycling along the Danube

     

The Margitsziget (Margaret Island) at dawn is home almost only to joggers

     

On Árpád Bridge at 6am

     

The Óbuda (Shipyard) Island

     

Promenade on Margitsziget (Margaret Island)

     

Budapest's Tabán district with the white Deer House (Szarvasház) at the back.

     

Courtyard of a Józsefváros tenement built in 1885.

     

Wrought iron railing in a Józsefváros staircase

     

Staircase

     

Dob utca (Drum St)

     

A pleasant little square on Bartók Béla street; a popular hangout with students from nearby Budapest University of Technogy and Economics

     

Dog twins

     

Walking the dog in the city

     

Imposing doorway in Aulich utca

     

Two members of the well-known riverfront trio of hotels between the Chain Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge.

     

A crumbling neighbourhood in Bródy Sándor utca

     

Dob utca (Drum Street)

     

The infamous 8th district (although this isn't one of the worst parts)

     

Király utca with an old trolley bus and foreign restaurants (if you can call KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants)

     

Király utca

     

Trolley bus 78

     

Art nouveau-style lamp (it's probably a modern fake)

     

Gutted

     

Crumbling tenement just one street away from the most prestigious avenue of the city

     

Aerial view of downtown Budapest.

     

Doorway in Bank utca

     

A three-legged symbol similar to the Isle of Man's coat-of-arms

     

Drawing the city on the Danube bank

     

Dusk

     

Óbuda Island (or Shipyard Island) is the site of the huge Student Island festival, organized every year.

     

Those who only know the summer version of the Island, trodden on by hundreds of thousands of visitors, are often astonished to see its other faces.

     

Dying island.

     

A warm Autumn afternoon on Óbuda Island (Óbudai Sziget or Hajógyári Sziget).

     

Hungarian 'elections' in 1980 - at this time Hungary was still under Soviet rule and every constituency had only one candidate (one nominated by the Communist Party or a related organisation)

     

An election billboard from 1980, still visible in 2010 (and possibly even today) on the corner of Magyar Jakobinusok tere

     

How dictatorship works: one candidate per constituency - Soviet-controlled elections in 1980 in Hungary

     

Socialist-style elevator shaft

     

Elevator controls in an old tenement

     

Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet-híd), one of the most elegant bridges spanning the Danube in Budapest

     

Elizabeth Bridge

     

Along the Danube embankment cycle path in downtown Budapest

     

Danube bank

     

Many crumbling old buildings (untouched on the outside for decades) are beautifully restored on the inside

     

Late night in downtown Budapest

     

Budapest evening.

     

Old trolley bus.

     

Walking down from Rózsadomb (Rose Hill), usually thought to be a home to the nouveaux riche (actually it's not the Rózsadomb quarter that's rich but adjacent ones like Vérhalom - Blood Hill)

     

Road levelness

     

Neatly restored eclectic (the dominant architectural style of Budapest) facades in the Józsefváros ('Joseph City') district.

     

Colorful facade in Budapest's bank district, somewhere between the Parliament and Deák tér.

     

Fat Mo's music club's old American ads.

     

By the 'Bottomless Lake' (Feneketlen-tó - it is quite deep, but 'bottomless' is a bit of a stretch)

     

While Hungary has no sea, freshwater fish dishes are very popular

     

Quick fix, 2011

     

The yearly flooding of the Danube completely covering the lower embankment in 2006 (some trees can be seen sticking out of the water on the other side)

     

A balcony full of flowers

     

Andrássy Avenue (Andrássy út), a street modelled on Parisian boulevards

     

Hundred-year-old buildings and underground station on Andrássy út

     

Night on Andrássy

     

The Chain Bridge in heavy snowfall.

     

Fog

     

Budapest's enormous Parliament dominates this part of the Danube bank.

     

Liberty Square (Szabadság tér)

     

Kids running around the fountain in Liberty Square (Szabadság tér) whose jets switch off one by one if someone goes too close

     

Frici Papa Kifőzdéje, a cheap old-style eatery in downtown Budapest (more precisely Király utca), frequented by locals.

     

The stone roof of the domed fountain in Gellért Square.

     

Ghost house

     

Spring

     

Gozsdu udvar, a series of interconnected courtyards connecting Király utca and Dob utca.

     

The old gate of historic Gozsdu udvar ('courtyard')

     

Art Nouveau decoration of Gresham Palace.

     

Hungarian barbecue (OK, it's not too traditional) in Kispest, a neightbourhood quite far away from the inner city

     

Old ads (recently discovered in Király utca when a house was pulled down) promoting enterprises that probably existed about 100 years ago. Parts of them are written in German.

     

Turkish crescent on top of Turkish leader Gül Baba's tomb and mosque.

     

Budapest's Gül Baba utca, a steep, winding medieval street leading up to Gül Baba's mosque.

     

View from the top of Gül Baba utca

     

The colors of an approximately 100-year-old housing development Gyáli út.

     

Buildings cut in half in Józsefváros with an interesting arrangement of windows on the white wall

     

Tranzit Cafe

     

Danube riverside

     

Derelict tenement

     

Heat, Liberty Square

     

Hercegprímás St

     

Equestrian statue with Archangel Gabriel's column above it; part of the Millennium Monument.

     

Heroes' Square is most often frequented by rollerbladers besides the tourists.

     

Hikers embark on a 100km long journey, to be taken within 24 hours - this famous hike is called the Kinizsi 100.

     

This memorial commemorates those victims of World War II who were shot on the riverside and whose bodies fell into the Danube

     

Holy Spirit Square (Szentlélek tér) in Óbuda.

     

Leafy and peaceful Honvéd square, near the Parliament.

     

An Art Nouveau house in downtown Budapest.

     

Icecream Man

     

Ice floes on the Danube, Hungary's largest river.

     

Vörösmarty u. underground station

     

Is there anybody out there?

     

Margitsziget

     

Izabella utca at night

     

Trolley bus and its myriad wires in Izabella utca

     

József körút (Joseph ring road) crossing Józsefváros, a notoriously poor, but constantly developing district of the city

     

This courtyard in the 8th district is a mosaic of colors and textures

     

The house will probably soon be demolished

     

Renovated building in Józsefváros

     

Kálvin square's beautifully restored houses.

     

Kelenföld station

     

The gigantic hall of Keleti railway station

     

Eastern Railway Station (Keleti pályaudvar), the terminus for most international trains arriving in Budapest.

     

Keleti pályaudvar

     

People waiting for their trains

     

Keleti station with a nonsensical advertisement of the Hungarian national railways claiming 'Farewell can be longer'

     

Family

     

Nightlife in Király utca

     

King Street (Király utca)

     

The view from Kissvábhegy mountain

     

Doorway in Klauzál utca

     

Homeward bound on the main ring road of Budapest

     

Visual chaos on the Körút (Ring Road), one of the main arteries of the city

     

Futuristic laser weapon design in the staircase of an old tenement

     

Lazy Sunday afternoon in the Buda Castle.

     

Liberty Bridge, the third of the 3 'classic' bridges (Chain Bridge, Elizabeth Bridge and Liberty Bridge).

     

Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) with a tram swooshing past.

     

Liberty Bridge (Szabadság híd) and Belgrád Embankment (Belgrád rakpart)

     

Liberty Bridge's old lamps - being illuminated by others

     

Details of Liberty Square (Szabadság tér).

     

Firemen saving someone trying to commit suicide.

     

The live-saving Fire Brigade with the Castle in the background.

     

Old lightbulb trying to illuminate the attic

     

Andrássy út

     

Lights

     

Movers in downtown Budapest

     

Upwards.

     

Sign and subway for the 100-year-old Millennium Underground (Millenniumi Kisföldalatti).

     

Lonely bird.

     

Alone.

     

Low water on the Danube - the southern tip of Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is normally under water

     

Luxus Department Store (Luxus Áruház) reflected in the windows of a particularly ugly office block that has recently been pulled down.

     

Honey bear on a downtown balcony

     

Hungarian National Radio

     

Old mailboxes in a house in the 8th district probably soon to be demolished

     

March 15. square, overlooking the Danube and Gellért hill

     

Enjoying the sun in March 15 Square on the riverside

     

Fog over Margit híd (Margaret Bridge).

     

Margit híd's arches over the Danube.

     

The Buda side from Margaret Bridge

     

Margitsziget (an island on the Danube) is the largest park in Budapest.

     

A family on Margaret Bridge (Margithíd)

     

Early morning joggers

     

Millenáris Park, a recently developed public space, flanked by a number of restored buildings of an old locomotive factory.

     

Sign of the Millennium Underground (Kisföldalatti) railway (which was the first underground line on continental Europe).

     

Saxophone - street art on the wall of a cafe

     

Old movie projector exhibited at Cirko-Gejzír Picturehouse (the cinema was named named after a heating method).

     

The movie projector's dozens of controls.

     

Műegyetem rakpart ('University of Technology Embankment'), in front of the largest University of Technology of the country

     

Wrought iron gate in Nádor u.

     

Nádor utca

     

Terézvárosi plébániatemplom ('Theresa City Parish Church'), on the corner of Nagymező utca and Király utca

     

The colonnade of the National Museum (Nemzeti Múzeum).

     

Inside the National Theatre

     

Rundown old house in a poor part of Budapest; note the crumbling balconies and the typical 'Budapest archways' leading to small shops and to the house's staircase.

     

Doorway in Népszínház utca

     

Belgrád Embankment - the benches in front of small port are among the best places to sit and watch the city at night

     

The Danube, the Chain Bridge, the houses of Parliament and the northern parts of the city

     

Szabad sajtó útja (literally meaning The Road of Free Press)

     

Typical tranquil Budapest streetscape at night.

     

Sign

     

View from Normafa, in a forest on the edge of the city

     

View from Sas-hegy to the North

     

The lights of Nyugati railway station

     

Nyugati station

     

Oktogon, an octagonal 'square' in central Budapest

     

The Ring Road at Oktogon

     

Traffic light for trams

     

Budapest idyll

     

Downtown balcony

     

Some houses still bear the marks of shells shot during the revolution of 1956 and World War II, historic

     

Time off

     

Remembering Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian painted who invented optical art; the mural can be seen in Városház tér (near Deák tér underground station)

     

Dawn

     

If Orwell had been an architect

     

Eclectic architecture meets social realism

     

Sole painted balcony in a crumbling house

     

Paris, Texas café.

     

A truly interesting way of reserving a parking space - especially in the poshest street of the city (Andrássy út)

     

Hungary's Parliament and the surrounding houses at about 4am.

     

Sunday afternoon on the Danube bank

     

The enormous Parliament house looks much better from far away

     

Beautiful and sad at the same time - individually painted balcony in a rundown building

     

Pekáry-ház, a gothic/romantic building in Király utca

     

Pekáry-ház

     

A spacious arrangement of houses vs. the cramped inner city

     

Booth

     

Temporary pontoon bridge on the Danube, symbolizing the link between Hungary and the EU.

     

The densely packed tenements of the 6th district are suddenly replaced with buildings like this near Városliget

     

Protestant church in Deák tér, the center of the city.

     

Railings and tunnels under the Chain Bridge.

     

Old railway in the hills near Budapest.

     

The storm's passed

     

It's raining. The courtyard of a tenement

     

In remembrance (St Stephen's Cathedral).

     

Café Angelika as seen from a nearby rooftop

     

Reviczky street having undergone pedestrianization a few years ago.

     

Roof details

     

Room on the top of  Károlyi Palace in Pollack Mihály tér

     

Roofland

     

Kertész utca (Gardener Street)

     

Summer

     

A park on Rózsadomb, an affluent neighbourhood of Buda

     

The view from Rózsadomb

     

The Square of Roses (Rózsák tere)

     

Margitsziget

     

Budapest sunset

     

View from Sas-hegy (Eagle Mountain): from the villas of the nouveaux rich to the gray blocks of flats on the edge of town

     

Always

     

On the scenic 19 tram, running along the riverfront in Buda

     

Wooden ram

     

Angry

     

This rhino thinks he's hiding behind a tree. He's not very clever

     

Smile!

     

Piles of old junk soon to be taken away by the local council make downtown life even more 'colourful' for a few weeks every year

     

Budapest tram speeding past

     

The statue of St Stephen (Szent István), who founded the Hungarian state in AD 1000. The horse apparently has something on his mind, but it's hard to tell what.

     

Inside St Stephen's.

     

One of the most well-known statues in Budapest: Anonymus, the faceless scribe of a former Hungarian king

     

Queen Elizabeth and reverend Gellért - Elizabeth Bridge and Gellért Hill were named after them

     

'Unused' statues left in the garden of some arts insitution

     

Old steamer in the Buda Hills.

     

Stencils saying 'Live for today, you'll be dead tomorrow', and 'Glazier - call [phone number]'

     

Stex, one of the few restaurants in the city to offer traditional dishes in the middle of the night

     

Street-tunnel

     

     

Sleepy sunrise in Óbuda (Old Buda)

     

Sunset to the north.

     

Reflections of the Synagogue's chandeliers.

     

Arches of the Budapest Synagogue in Dohány utca, one of the largest in Europe.

     

Belgrade Embankment, the Road of Free Press (Szabad sajtó útja), the crumbling Klotild Palaces and Ferenciek tere

     

Szabadság tér

     

Szabadság tér (Liberty Square) is one of the most beautiful places in the city

     

Szabadság tér in autumn

     

Comfort in Liberty Square

     

St Stephen's Cathedral (Szent István Bazilika)

     

Szimpla Kert, one of the so called 'Ruin Pubs' (mostly located in the courtyards of rundown tenements)

     

     

An old tenement building on the inside

     

Stop

     

The Időkerék (Time Wheel), one of Budapest's recent developments, is a spherical hourglass of immense proportions.

     

The Időkerék's upper glass chamber, which it takes the sand one year to escape from, after which the huge sphere is turned around.

     

The 50-year old UV, short for 'New Tram' in Hungarian

     

The number 2 tram running along the river on the Pest side, offering great views of the Buda hills

     

What lurks on the other side?

     

The logo of the Two-tailed Dog Party (Kétfarkú Kutya Párt), the work of a street artist who often makes fun of politics and daily life in Hungary (among others, his party promised eternal life in the 2006 elections)

     

UFO, Szabadság tér

     

Újlipótváros's typical Bauhaus architecture

     

Riverside path in northern Pest - a calm pathway not far from downtown Budapest's bustle.

     

The umbrella statues in the cobbled old town of Budapest's Óbuda district.

     

Lánchíd and the embankment

     

Unexpected colors on a dirty street in Pest

     

View over Budapest from a vantage point on Gellérthegy.

     

The fountain of the Várkert (Castle Garden) Casino.

     

Batthyány tér

     

View over downtown Budapest including the surroundings of major roads Vámház körút, Üllői út and Baross utca

     

The Vigadó concert hall.

     

Trams in Batthyány Square (Batthyány tér)

     

Budapest tram (Batthyány tér-Etele tér, Kelenföldi pu.)

     

     

A sunny afternoon on the Danube embankment

     

Waterskiing on the Danube (bathing is not normally permitted)

     

     

Dawn

     

The forests of Buda

     

Tranquil tourist path in the forests surrounding Budapest.

     

Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language.

     

View from the top of Hármashatárhegy ('Triple Border Mountain')

     

The forests of Dobogókő

     

The cloud-covered Dobogókő peak

     

Dobogókő near the end of autumn

     

A sinister forest

     

Autumn in the Visegrád Mountains

     

Hikers near Rám-szakadék, a dramatic crevice in the Visegrád Mountains

     

In the Rám Crevice (Rám-szakadék)

     

Autumn trees

     

The sign of the Hungarian Blue Trail

     

Fence surrounding a private land in the mountains

     

Summer colours

     

Hills

     

The Danube can be seen in the distance

     

The Duna-Ipoly National Park

     

In about 35 degrees Celsius

     

Panorama from the hiking trail

     

View from the top of Prédikálószék Mountain (the name means preacher's stand) at an altitude of 639 metres

     

On top of Prédikálószék

     

The mountains surrounding Prédikálószék Mountain

     

The sign of the more than 1000km long Hungarian 'Blue Trail'

     

Tree hanging on to the side of one of the standing stones called Vadálló-kövek

     

Rain in the forests of the Visegrád Mountains

     

Unripe blackberries on the steep mountainside

     

Revolving door applied to the woods

     

The Barbican of Pécs, a city in southern Hungary.

     

St Peter and Paul Cathedral, Pécs

     

Silhouettes.

     

Dandelion, one of the most widespread wild flower species in Hungary.

     

The window of the Turkish church Dzsámi.

     

At the end of the day.

     

Pécs's main square (Széchenyi tér).

     

Park in front of the cathedral.

     

In the heart of Pécs.

     

Tulip garden in Pécs.

     

Gate.

     

Csonkatemplom church in Debrecen.

     

The Reformation Cathedral (once the symbol of the Reformation) and the only tram in the city.

     

Downtown Debrecen

     

Planners hardly ever mind joining one-storey buildings with 5-10 storey ones.

     

Monument of rose leaves and thorns, commemorating the 1956 revolution against Soviet dictatorship.

     

The atrium of the Debrecen University of Sciences (KLTE).

     

Facade in downtown Debrecen.

     

The baroque inner city near the cathedral

     

The baroque inner city

     

Park next to Győr cathedral

     

By the river

     

The river Rába

     

Island on the river Rába

     

Nightfall

     

The unique Cathedral of Szeged (Szegedi Dóm).

     

The spires of Szeged's cathedral.

     

The Szegedi Dóm overlooks the Dóm Square (Dóm tér) with its cloisters.

     

Great views of the Danube Bend from Visegrád Castle.

     

Visegrád Castle overlooking the Visegrád Mountains.

     

The Northern tip of Szentendre Island

     

Traditional Hungarian blue well, found in most small towns and villages.

     

Swooshing past at about 40km/h

     

A Hungarian landscape

     

A station

     

Autumn in the university campus

     

In the park

     

The royal park of the Grassalkovich Palace

     

Families

     

Sunday

     

The Palace gardens

     

Ady Endre út passes just outside the Palace

     

Autumn in Gödöllő

     

Student returning at the end of the weekend

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