#48 best destination in the world

Metropolitan Ervin Szabó Library

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  • Houses Budapest’s largest public collection of books with a capacity for 1,100,000 volumes
  • Housed in the 19th-century neo-baroque Wenckheim Palace

Shoes on the Danube Bank

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  • Memorial to honor people killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II
  • The victims were ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river and were carried away
  • The memorial represents their shoes left behind on the bank

Hungarian Parliament Building

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  • Seat of the National Assembly of Hungary
  • #10 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Largest building in Hungary and tallest in Budapest

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

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  • Funicular railway that links the Széchenyi Chain Bridge at river level to Buda Castle above
  • Opened in 1870
  • It was destroyed in the Second World War and reopened in 1986
  • A feature of the line are the two pedestrian foot bridges which cross above it
  • These were present when the line opened, were removed in 1900 when the castle’s garden was extended, and rebuilt to the original design in 1983

Vajdahunyad Castle

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  • Displays different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque
  • Originally, it was made from cardboard and wood, but it became so popular that it was rebuilt from stone and brick between 1904 and 1908
  • Built in 1896

Valley of the Beautiful Women (Eger)

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  • Town full of wineries offering wine tastings

Lillafüred

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  • Tourist resort, officially part of Miskolc, though it is almost 7 miles away from the city, in the Bükk Mountains

Hortobágy National Park

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  • Until recently it was believed that this alkaline steppe was formed by the clear cutting of huge forests in the Middle Ages, followed by measures to control the course of the Tisza River, allegedly resulting in the soil’s current structure and pH
  • However, Hortobágy is much older, with alkalinization estimated to have started ten thousand years ago, when the Tisza first found its way through the Great Hungarian Plain, cutting off many streams from their sources in the Northern Mountains
  • The formation was finished by grazing animals and wild horses during the Ice Age, followed by domesticated animals
  • Traditional T-shaped sweep wells dot the landscape
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Great Forest Park (Nagyerdei)

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  • Calm and quiet park is in the middle of the big forest of Debrecen

Frühchristlicher Friedhof von Pécs

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  • Early Christian cemetery and part of a necropolis in the ancient city of Sopianae, known today as Pécs
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Holy Spirit Catholic Church Heviz

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  • Church built with the financial support of Hévíz and its citizens
  • Consecrated in 2007
  • The seven towers of the church symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

Pannonhalma Archabbey

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  • Medieval building in Pannonhalma, founded in 996 AD, it is located near the town, on top of a hill
  • Saint Martin of Tours is believed to have been born at the foot of this hill
  • Includes the Basilica with the Crypt, built in the 13th century, the Cloisters, the monumental Library with 360,000 volumes, the Baroque Refectory, and the Archabbey Collection
  • Today there are about 50 monks living in the monastery

Costs

Number of Days: 24 days

Best Time To Fly: April-May, Sept-Oct

Airline tickets: $1,846

Seattle -> Budapest (round trip) = $1,846

Food: $20/day x 24 days = $480

Rental car: $25/day x 14 days = $351

Gas: $78

Entertainment: $49

Airbnb: $59/day x 22 days = $1,298

TOTAL: $4,102