As some of you may know, I’ve spent the last few weeks on a European excursion. The trip began in Budapest, Hungary, and I am currently exploring Berlin! Budapest is an amazing city, so I thought I’d share some of my photos and impressions with you all.
First of all some history! Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and is composed of two historically independent cities, Buda and Pest. The capital sits on the Danube River, which runs through much of Central and Eastern Europe. Hungary has been invaded many times throughout its history (most recently by the Ottoman Empire, Austria, and the Soviet Union), and these influences show in Budapest’s culture, especially in its architecture. The city served as second home for many Holy Roman Emperors, fought alongside Nazi Germany during the Second World War, and fell behind the Iron Curtain until the U.S.S.R.’s collapse in 1991.
Budapest is truly an amazing place. I was expecting to see a city recovering from the destruction and oppression of WWII bombing and Communist occupation, but the people have rebounded and reconstructed remarkably quickly. Influences of Western European, Eastern European, Turkish, and anti-Soviet culture come together to create one of the most fascinating cities I’ve had the chance to explore. The architecture is especially mesmerizing–bustling city streets are lined with magnificent columns and facades, many with twenty-first century storefronts and accommodations integrated into the buildings at street level. I could go on and on, but the photos speak for themselves! Click on any photo to view it in detail in the gallery.
One more thing: Budapest and much of Eastern Europe has been hit with floods lately as the Danube has risen to unprecedented heights. I hope I have succeeded in capturing the eeriness of seeing street signs rising out of the water and subway stations full to the brim. As always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments and share any stories, experiences, or passions you have about Budapest, Europe, or travel in general!
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Comment question of the week
Have you ever been to Budapest or other parts of Europe? What are your thoughts, impressions, or stories? I’d love to hear what you all have to say about your travel experiences (or desires!).