View of the Danube River with the Chain Bridge striding across it.
HEROES' SQUARE (where the Millennium Monument is)
The Millennium Monument is right in the middle of Heroes' Square (Hosok tere). The metro station carrying the same name is just across the road.
Nearby is the main entrance to City Park, reputed to be the first public park in the world and where ducks and pigeons coexist in perfect harmony.
As you face the Millennium Monument in Heroes' Square, you are likely to notice the Hall of Art (photo above), also known as Palace of Art (Mucsarnok in Hungarian) to your right. It is a museum of contemporary art, and at the time the photo was taken it was hosting an exhibition of the works of Imre BUKTA, a Hungarian artist whose works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale as well as the Sao Paulo Biennale. Shown above is a recent painting by Bukta called Béla with pheasant (Béla fácánnal).
Opposite the Mucsarnok is another museum called the Museum of Fine Arts. So museum-lovers will be able to visit two museums while they are at the Heroes' Square here.
BUDAPEST AT NIGHT (A walk along the Danube River at night to appreciate the illuminations of the city.)
The Parliament building is well-illuminated at night.
So is the Chain Bridge not too far away from it.
There is a very broad promenade on both sides of the Danube River. This one is on the Pest side between Liberty Bridge and Elizabeth Bridge.
Vorosmarty ter (square), a popular meeting place for excursion groups. It is at one end of Vaci utca (the other end being near the Central Market).
POPULAR HUNGARIAN DISHES (paprikas csirke, halaszle and of course the ever popular gulyasleves or goulash)
The paprika being the king of all spices in Hungary, you might want to try some popular local dishes using paprika such as paprikas csirke or paprika chicken (photo on left), or if you prefer fish then the fish soup with paprika called halaszle (photo on right - cost 950ft at a central market stall). If you are travelling on a shoestring the market is an ideal place to eat. A very filling bowl of goulash (with beef and potatoes) costs only 750ft (about 2.50 euros) here. And it is delicious too! Top it with bread and you'll have a full meal for very little.
Oh, by the way you can also take the popular Tram #2 at its stop near the Central Market.
MORE VIEWS OF BUDAPEST
The Gellert hilltop as seen from the Pest side.
Vaci utca, the pedestrian shopping street in Budapest.
Kalvin ter (Kalvin Square) is also full of life, especially the neighbouring Raday utca (Raday street).