Tom’s September 2017 western Hungary cycling adventure
The Iron CurtainThis rustic museum near Felsőcsatár is the creation of a former Iron Curtain guard who reconstructed sections of the many faces of the fence over the years. Yes, the Iron Curtain had three versions across the Hungarian border. Well worth the visit to better understand the tragedy of this fence.,
View from the Great Market Hall Upper FloorIf you are visiting Budapest, head up to the second floor of the Great Market Hall. You will find the best deals on souvenirs, Hungarian lace, embroidery, leather and woodcrafts. It is also the home of food booths and a cafeteria. The langos stand is perpetually busy.
Buda Castle FunicularHop on this funicular on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge to head up the Buda Castle District. I enjoyed it both during the day and at night. The night view is spectacular. Walk at least one of the ways up or down the hill. The stairs along the funicular pass through nicely landscaped gardens and crosses the funicular twice.
The Buda CastleThis castle is quite impressive on the outside. It turns out that the inside is institutional rooms. The castle was almost leveled in WWII. The Russians left it unrestored for almost 10 years as a sign of distaste for the monarchy. It was reconstructed Soviet style with not decorations in the interior. What a shame to lose that grandeur.
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