#45 best destination in the world

 

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

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  • Settled originally by the Celts before 1 AD
  • One of the largest cities in the European Union
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Tokaj Wine Region

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  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Danube

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  • One a long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire
  • Flows through 10 countries, more than any other river in the world
  • Danube river basin is the most biodiverse region in Europe with hundreds of fish species

 

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

 

St. Stephen’s Basilica

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  • Roman Catholic basilica named after the first King of Hungary
  • Built in 1905

 

Castle Hill

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  • Restored area that was reduced to rubble during World War II
  • Characterized by cobblestone streets, narrow alleys, and public squares surrounded by baroque and classical architectural buildings

 

Fisherman’s Bastion

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  • Monument with a panorama of Budapest from the Neo-Romanesque lookout terraces
  • Its seven high-pitched stone towers symbolize the seven chieftains of the Hungarians who founded Hungary in 895
  • Built between 1895 and 1902, in Neo-Romanesque style
  • Several historians say that in the Middle Ages this part of the castle walls was protected by the guild of fishermen (halasz), who lived under the walls in the so-called Fishtown.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

For Sale Pub

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  • Not actually available for purchase, customers can leave their personal advertisements anywhere they would like
  • The floors are covered in straw and patrons are encouraged to shell the free peanuts they are given straight to the floor

 

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

 

Gellért Hill Cave

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  • Network of caves within Gellért Hill in Budapest, Hungary
  • In the 19th century the cave was inhabited by a poor family who built a small house of sun dried bricks in the great opening
  • The mouth of the cave was closed off with a planking and it was used as a peasant courtyard
  • The first modern entrance for the caves was constructed in the 1920s by a group of Pauline monks
  • It served as a chapel and monastery until 1951, and it also served as a field hospital for the army of Nazi Germany during World War II.
  • In 1945, the Soviet Red Army captured Budapest and for 6 years, the cave continued its religious functions, but in 1951, the State Protection Authority raided the chapel as part of increasing action against the Catholic Church
  • The cave was sealed, the monastery’s superior was condemned to death, and the remaining brothers were imprisoned for upwards of ten years
  • As the Iron Curtain disintegrated, the chapel reopened in 1989 with the destruction of the thick concrete wall that had sealed the cave
  • By 1992, the Chapel had been restored and the Pauline Order had returned to the cave
  • Today, the monks continue to perform religious functions within

 

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

 


 

Costs

Number of Days: 16 days

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

Airline tickets: $1,143

Seattle -> Budapest (round trip) = $1,143

Food: $20/day x 16 days = $320

Entertainment: $25

Airbnb: $64/day x 14 days = $889

TOTAL: $2,377