Friday, 27 April 2012

Berlin to Budapest: Part 2

And so my Adventure continued (If you haven't read part 1, click here)...

Top Row (from R to L): Chandeliers in the Staatsoper (above), The Spittelau Incinerator (below), Mozarts Statue in Burggarten, Original Sacherorte, Hofburg Palace, Parliament Building
Bottom (from R to L): The Lucky Elephant Statue in Maria Theresien Platz, Ferris Wheel in Prater Amusement Park, Peterskirche, Schönbrunn Palace (above),Hofburg (below), Inside the Staatsoper
After Visiting Eerie and Mysterious Kutná Hora, we finally arrived in Beautiful Vienna. We didn't have much time in Vienna, just 1 full day (and an evening), which doesn't nearly begin to scratch the surface of this Gorgeous City! We started off with a really delicious Viennese Dinner and went off to the Prater Amusement Park, which was an Epic way to start off the first evening! 

Day 2 was spent doing as much as humanly possible; visiting sites like the Burggarten, Staatsoper (which is more beautiful inside, than outside), St. Stephan's Cathedral, The Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace and of course a stop at the Sacher Hotel for an Exquisite piece of Sachertorte. For Lunch we had a Very Tantalising, Massive Schnitzel (larger than the size of my head — we even measured it) at Figlmüller.

I need to come back to Vienna to explore a little more and visit the Museum's that have Klimt's Work Exhibited ... and possibly stop for another slice of Sachertorte at the Sacher Hotel on the way!

Top Row (from R to L): French Army Soldier Statue, The Main Square, New Bridge3 Middle Photos (from R to L): Paparazzi Statue, Bratislava Castle, Plague Column
 (from R to L): Cumil (The Watcher) Statue, View from the Bratislava Castle, St. Martin's Cathedral

Travelling to Budapest, we made a quick stop in Bratislava for some lunch and to walk about the city, finding numerous Quirky Statues. I walked up to the Bratislava Castle, and although the Castle wasn't as beautiful as what I had seen in the previous European states, the View from it was really worth the climb!

Top Row (from R to L): View From St. St Stephan's Church, Heroes Square, Part of the Vajdahunyad Castle
Middle Row (from R to L): Inside St. Stephan's Church (above), Part of the Vajdahunyad Castle (below), View from Gellert Hill, View from Matthias Church
Bottom (from R to L): Gresham Palace, Matthias Church, Parliament Building at night
Finally we arrived in Budapest, this city also has Fairytale-like charm (although, I must be honest, I do prefer Prague). If you are ever there, try take a cruise on the Danube River, this really gives you a different perspective of the city, maybe have a dinner/lunch cruise and enjoy the Hungarian Cuisine as well. I highly recommend their Goulash Soup, it is a really hearty meal and even more delicious in chilly weather (which describes the weather that we had there). If you are a Wine-drinker, Tokaji Wine is a must-try! Tokaji refers to a region where the grapes are produced. This wine is rather sweet and I really enjoyed it.

The coolest part of the tour was seeing the mummified Right Hand of St Stephen at the St Stephan's Church. 
St. Stephan's Right Hand, displayed at St. Stephan's Church
Other things that I loved about the city were the roof tiles on most of the buildings that are made from porcelain and arranged in various decorative patterns — definitely more fun than the roof tiles we have back in SA.

Finishing off the tour in Budapest, I was already planning where I will be doing a Contiki Trip next ... If you haven't done one, and are between the ages of 18-35 ... What are you waiting for? ;)

All Photo's are Copyright Property of Q-riouser & Q-riouser and photographed by Marina Brokorenko

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