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Europe Trip – Hungary – Highlights

 

HUNGARY PICASA PHOTO ALBUM (67 pictures)

Our first stop in Hungary was the lively university town of Szeged, on the Tisza River, and home to colorful palaces and museums. As there was a festival in town, we got immersed in the Hungarian party atmosphere.

Heading north, we drove through the wide Hungarian Grasslands or puszta, to Kiskunsag National Park and the small settlement of Bugacpuszta. There we saw the famous Hungarian cowboys ride and race their horses bareback, crack their whips and one csikos gallops five horses at one time while standing on their backs.  The whole experience, including the carriage ride through the plains to the Shepherds museum, was fun and really interesting, even in the sweltering spring heat.

The artist village of Szentendre, just north of Budapest, where narrow, winding streets are filled with arts and crafts galleries, was a good stop before heading into Hungary’s capital Budapest. Our campsite was in parkland outside of town, so we needed to take public transport to get to the center. The beautiful and huge Parliament building, right next to the Danube, is an amazing sight and dominates Pest. We spent the whole day on the Buda side of the river, exploring the amazing Castle Hill, where most of Budapest’s remaining medieval buildings are clustered. The Royal Palace, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion and all nooks and crannies in the historical center were a delight to explore.

We then headed westward to make our way through Austria and Germany.

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