"stand atop Gellert Hill for..." Budapest Favorite Tip by Pegasus74

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Favorite thing: <font face=verdana>stand atop <font color='008FFF'>Gellert Hill</font> for breathtaking views of the city. This is perhaps the best vantage point from which to see Buda and Pest, and the Danube. The hill, a witness of historical events, offers now respite and relaxation in her carefully gardened park to people tired of their routine toils. I was one of them, who felt the urge to go up there not one but two times, in late afternoon and early morning, to seek tranquility. (Took a tram from Deak ter in Pest to the station in front of <font color='008FFF'>Gellert Hotel</font> and trekked up the hill. Don't know if there's any other way to get up there.) As dusk takes over day, the floodlit bridges are especially spectacular, seen romantically linking handsome Buda with gorgeous Pest under the fading golden yellow sky. And when the sun bubbles up from Pest in dawn, I saw more clearly that Pest is today married to Buda.

Hungary paid a high price for its alliances first with Austria in WWI, then with Germany in WWII, resulting in constant devastation of the city. The arrival of Russians in Budapest was apparently a liberation but also the beginning of Soviet rule. As the Russian army approaches the city, all bridges across the Danube were blown up. Today several road bridges link the two halves of the city, firmer than ever before.

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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