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 Visiting Budapest (Part 2) 

Aerial view of the Danube River and the Chain Bridge
View of the Danube River with the Chain Bridge striding across it.

HEROES' SQUARE (where the Millennium Monument is)

The Millennium Monument in Heroes' Square (Hosok tere)
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.
City Park in Budapest
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.



The Hall of Art, also known as Palace of Art (Mucsarnok in Hungarian) museum in Budapest Bela with pheasant or bela facannal by Imre Bukta
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 Hungarian Parliament building at night.
The Parliament building is well-illuminated at night.
Chain Bridge of Budapest at night
So is the Chain Bridge not too far away from it.
Wide promenade on both sides of the Danube River
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) in Budapest
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)

Paprikas csirke or paprika chickenHalaszle fish soup
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

Gellert hilltop in Buda
The Gellert hilltop as seen from the Pest side.
Vaci utca (Vaci street) in Budapest
Vaci utca, the pedestrian shopping street in Budapest.
Kalvin ter (Kalvin Square)
Kalvin ter (Kalvin Square) is also full of life, especially the neighbouring Raday utca (Raday street).
The Hungarian National Museum
Not too far from Kalvin Square is the Hungarian National Museum. Link to their website.
Liberty Bridge in Budapest
Liberty Bridge which crosses the Danube River for Gellert Hill from Pest.
M1 of Budapest is the oldest metro line in the world after London underground
The M1 metro line is the second oldest in the world (after that of London).

FESTIVALS:

Budapest Spring Festival in March
Sziget Festival in August
CAFE Budapest (Contemporary Arts Festival) in October

USEFUL LINKS:

Official website of Budapest tourism
Tourism portal of Budapest
Budapest, an insider's guide
Top Budapest travel guide
The Budapest Card for Visitors
Hop On Hop Off bus
Hungarian National Museum
Aquincum Museum (ruins)
Thermal baths
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