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Budapest Highlights, Hungary

Budapest Highlights, Hungary

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  • Terror Museum – This illustrates the decades of Nazi and Communist repression. It is in the former headquarters of the secret police of both these governments and is also a memorial to the victims. It is fascinating and while presenting the horrors it also makes people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain.
  • Communism Statue park (Memento Park Budapest) – Displayed in the park are 42 pieces of art from the Communist era between 1945 and 1989, you’ll find Marx and Lenin here and gigantic heroic monuments to the “workers” and many other monuments and statues ofn famous personalities.
  • Baths – Budapest has some of the world’s finest Turkish baths. They boast original Ottoman architecture with wonderful octagonal pools, stained glass windows and mosaics. Some are pretty elaborate, and are as they were when built in the early 1900s.
  • Romkocsma – On the hill on the ‘Buda’ side the castle overlooks the city. It houses the Hungarian National Gallery and has certainly had many facelifts over the past seven centuries due to fires, bombings and renovations.
  • Labyrinth – Under the castle is a 1200 metre cave system that were created from hot water springs almost half a million years ago. They have been used as cellars, storage and rooms for the castle. During wartimes in the 1930s it was able to shelter up to 10,000 people.
  • Gundel – Next to Pest's City Park, this elite Budapest dining institution has paintings by Hungarian masters adorning the walls. Enjoy a refined Hungarian meal, washed down with Hungarian wines. For dessert you have to try Hungarian palacsinta, a stuffed pancake, chocolate sauced & flambéed.
  • Vaciutca – If you love shopping, a visit to Vaci Utca will be one of your favourite Budapest experiences. The street was formed in the 18th century and is lined with beautiful architecture. The avenue is full of exclusive boutique shops but is also the ideal place to pick up an 'I love Budapest' t-shirt and to grab a bite to eat in one of the courtyards

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