Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Europe Day 5 (PART 2): Budapest, Hungary

Thursday, 21 Dec 2006

After a packed morning, we took it slow on a private boat cruising on the danube enjoying spectacular river views of the city's main sights over a light lunch. After the 1.5 hr cruise, we explored the city on our own to burn off the calories!

Lunch Cruise on the Danube

Taking a sip on their famous schnaps. It tastes like coughing medicine!

Széchenyi lánchíd (Chain Bridge): a 375m long suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, is one of Budapest's most famous landmarks.


Budavar (Buda Castle)

Chain Bridge again

and again.....

Hungary Parliament


In the afternoon, we made a trip to Budapest’s most famous coffeehouse, Gerbeaud to experience the real splendour. The legendary Gerbeaud, founded in 1858 completes with an elegant late 19th century setting. Crystal chandeliers, marble tables, glossy wood panelling, velvet drapes and walls adorned with beautiful arts. What would be the best way to spend a quiet afternoon than sipping a fine coffee and enjoying fine pastries in this magnificent traditional coffeehouse?

Saint Stephen’s Basilica, Pest

Some random pics

Magyar Állami Operaház (Opera House):
Completed in 1884 and considered as one of the most important historical buildings in Hungary. The façade of the building is decorated with statues of 16 of the world's greatest composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Budapest nyugati pályaudvar (Budapest Western Railway Station)The Railway Station was completed in 1877 built by the Eiffel Company in Paris. The beautifully restored building houses the world's most magnificent fast-food restaurant, and the Information Office of the Tourism Office of Budapest.

This is the yummiest hot dog I've ever tasted!

Christmas lighting

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