Budapest – Vienna trip & reviews

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De la un trip in tara la munte am ajuns usor usor la ceva mai complex , un trip excelent in Budapesta si la Vienna , am optat pentru varianta autocarului versus masina daca tot era inclus in pachetul cu cazarea , un pachet de la Eurolines (TUI travel) , dar de acum nu voi mai pasi in autocar pe distante asa lungi , e pur si simplu insuportabila experienta de a calatori cu toti compatriotii nostri consumatori de alcool si scandalagii atatea ore , daca va permiteti un avion ca nui asa scump daca il iei cu ceva timp inainte pentru a reduce calatoria de la 24-60 de ore in functie de destinatie  la 2-3 se merita! , nici la tren sa nu va ganditi pentru ca CFRul nostru , chiar si cel care merge la Budapesta e la fel de praf cum il stiti.

Budapesta , orasul impartit de Dunare in Buda si Pesta este surprinzator de frumos si civilizat , la standarde comparabile cu frati mai mari ca Vienna , Munchen , Praga , are de oferit de toate , incepand de la cetatea medievala situata la inaltime langa palatul imperial Buda , in imediata apropiere de la bastionul pescarilor putand admira Orasul in toata spledoarea lui , luand la pas podurile vechi (vezi podul lanturilor) si savurand orasul “nou” Pesta construit in stil Austriac , cu minunatele bulevarde si piete. Recomand o vizita la bazilica Sf.Stefan  , privelistea de sus de pe turla vizitabila este incredibila , cladirea parlamentului – daca aveti la voi pasaportul UE aveti intrarea si turul gratuite , o plimbare pe bulevardul Adrassy care se termina in minunata piata Eroilor si un parc frumos care adaposteste castelul Huniazilor (o replica reusita dupa castelul medieval din Hunedoara al Huniazilor  ) si o plimbare cu metroul Mileniar , construit in 1896 , al doilea ca vechime dupa Londra. O alta surpriza placuta a fost la linia M2 , singura care trece pe sub Dunare care este foarte adanca si ofera o priveliste interesanta cand cobori in statiile renovate , in plus am descoperit cu stupoare o gara intreaga de trenuri suburbane la una din statii la un nivel subteran intermediar. Recomand de asemenea o vizita la una din numeroasele piete vechi din centru , sunt un adevarat deliciu , apucati un sirag de paprika specific al tarii , precum si numeroasele macelarii din oras care iti fac pe loc carnati si ii tai tu acolo pe blat si ii mananci …yummi and cheap. Ungurii sunt primitori , te ajuta cu orice , sunt obisnuiti cu turistii asa ca stiu engleza , nu au absolut nici o treaba cu “ungurii” din Romania , ultima crashma de cartier a lor arata ca Friendsul din Constanta , pana si boschetarii sunt imbracati decent si spalati , guvernul asigurandu-le minimul necesar. Cred ca numai are rost sa zic ca strazile sunt curate , lumea isi aduna excrementele cainilor proprii , e plin de piste de biciclete , nu exista caini vagabonti , pana si putinii  tiganii care i-am vazut erau civilizati si se incadrau in peisaj , in schimb compatriotii nostri romani care vindeau telefoane sau cerseau pe strada sareau in evidenta de la distanta.

In ultima zi am luat de dimineata trenul catre Vienna , plecarile cu tren direct RailJet se fac din gara Keleti , biletele se procura din interiorul garii , se platesc in forinti si costa injur de 25 EUR pentru o calatorie dus-intors Budapesta-Vienna , si cu biletul va puteti intoarce oricand in decurs de 3 zile , cu orice tren de la orice ora , nu exista nici un fel de penalizare cat timp nu depasiti acele 3 zile. Trenurile sunt la standarde occidentale , se deplaseaza cu o viteza de croaziera de 160 km/h , au restaurant si va lasa la gara Meidling din Vienna , dupa care isi continua calatoria spre Germania.

Vienna este ceva diferit , la un nivel superior , mult mai sofisticata , rafinata …si scumpa. E acolo sus langa Paris , Londra si alte capitale imperiale. Trateaza euro ca pe lei , astfel un snack pe strada costa 5 euro , o masa in oras 30-40 , o calatorie cu metroul 2,2 si tot asa dar si salariile sunt pe masura.  In zona centrala oriunde iti intorci privirea ai parte de o imagine spectaculoasa , arhitectura este acasa la ea ,  imfluenta ei a ajuns si la ale noastre orasele Brasov , Cluj , Sibiu (de pe vremea cand Transilvania facea parte din imperiul Habsburgic) , transportul in comun este aproape perfect , tot orasul este strabatut de tramvaie atat ultramoderne cat si cele restaurate de epoca , metrou , RER , etc etc. Nu ratati palatele institutiilor statului , printre cele mai frumoase din lume , mai ales Parlamentul construit in stil roman , Primaria , Complexul palatului imperial , palatul Belvedere , tribunalul , zona pietonala din jurul strazii de shopping Graben unde se afla si catedrala gotica Sf.Stefan si multe multe multe altele care din pacate nu am avut timp sa le vizitam intr-o singura zi , dar sper ca voi reveni pe acolo.

Daca ti-a placut articolul , iti recomand si unul din celalte articole despre calatorii din lista de mai jos si Vezi de asemenea si pagina de Fb GarciaCalavera.ro  , care daca va place ii puteti da un like.

Vezi si alte calatorii / Check out other trips: Circuit Romania – 7 zile cu masina, Budapesta cu masinaPraga – vacanta de visExcursie Dobrogea: Enisala, Ibida, HistriaVacanta MadridDoua zile in Jacksonville USAParalia – Grecia cu masinaBrasov 12.2014Buzau quick stopLepsa & Vrancea countyChisinauNesebarBucharest weekends 2014 , Busan40 de zile in Cluj NapocaHunedoara CastleSingapore 2013Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013San Pedro-Africa , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Florenta , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta-Chile, Valencia , Lima-Peru , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan-Puerto Rico , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melbourne , AucklandSan FranciscoTauranga

Alternative tourism: Detroit , Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Pripyat & the alienation zone   , Nouadhibou graveyard

Cum traieste cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives :  KarachiGuayaquil  , Lagos

 

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from Buda castle hill

view from Fisherman’s Bastion

the Chain Bridge

Saint Stephan cathedral view from observation deck

Heroe’s Square – Budapest

Budapest Parlament palace

Budapest view from Gellert hill citadel

Budapest deep Metro

Vienna – street scene

Vienna Parlament

Vienna Rathous – City Hall

Vienna – Graben pedestrian shopping street

Daca ti-a placut articolul , iti recomand si unul din celalte articole despre calatorii din lista de mai jos si Vezi de asemenea si pagina de Fb GarciaCalavera.ro  , care daca va place ii puteti da un like.

Vezi si alte calatorii / Check out other trips: Circuit Romania – 7 zile cu masina, Budapesta cu masinaPraga – vacanta de visExcursie Dobrogea: Enisala, Ibida, HistriaVacanta MadridDoua zile in Jacksonville USAParalia – Grecia cu masinaBrasov 12.2014Buzau quick stopLepsa & Vrancea countyChisinauNesebarBucharest weekends 2014 , Busan40 de zile in Cluj NapocaHunedoara CastleSingapore 2013Brasov 02.2014 , Istanbul 01.2014 , Cluj Napoca 08.2013 , Sibiu 07.2013San Pedro-Africa , Bucharest 2013 , Varna 2012 , Los Angeles 2012 , Budapest & Viena , Salerno , Cluj Napoca 2012 , Florenta , Brasov 02.2012 , Amsterdam , Antofagasta-Chile, Valencia , Lima-Peru , Bremen , Istanbul 2009 , Valletta , San Juan-Puerto Rico , Barcelona , Singapore 2010 , Los Angeles 2010 , Transilvania road trip , La Spezia , Bosphor by ship , Sydney , Melbourne , AucklandSan FranciscoTauranga

Alternative tourism: Detroit , Georgia , Burning gate of Turkmenistan , North Korea , Pripyat & the alienation zone   , Nouadhibou graveyard

Cum traieste cealalta jumatate / How the other half lives :  KarachiGuayaquil  , Lagos

 

[English version]

From a simple trip to the mountains we ended up with an excellent trip in Budapest and Vienna, we opted for the bus  since it was  included in the accommodation package, a package from Eurolines (TUI travel ), but after traveling so long with a bus i promised myself i will never do it again ,it  is simply an unbearable experience of traveling with all our Romanian compatriots who drank alcohol and screamed all the trip , if you can afford an airplane ticket it is worth the trip  , cutting the journey time to 2-3 hours instead of a bad 23 hours journey by bus or coach.

Budapest, a city divided by the Danube into Buda and Pest is surprisingly beautiful and civilized by standards comparable with older siblings such as Vienna, Munich, Prague. It has a little bit of everything  to offer , from the medieval fortress located high above the city near Imperial Palace of Buda , near the bastion of fishermen you  can enjoy the city in all its beauty , walking on the old bridges across the Danube  (see the Chain Bridge) and enjoying the city “new” city of Pest , with it’s Austrian-style architecture , with beautiful boulevards and squares. I recommend a visit to Stephen’s Basilica, the view from the top of the tower is incredible , a stop at the  parliament building – if you have an EU passport you will have free entry and tour, take a walk along Adrássy Avenue , which ends  in the  beautiful Heroes Square and a beautiful park which hosts the  Hunyadi Castle  (it’s a replica after the original medieval one in Hunedoara built by the Hunyads) and take a ride on the Milenium metro , built in 1896, the second oldest after London. Another pleasant surprise was the M2 line,which  goes under the Danube which is very deep and provides an interesting view when going down in the refurbished stations. Also recommend a visit to one of the many beautiful food markets in the center  which are a true delight, grab a strand of paprika specific to Hungary. Hungarians are hospitable, help you out with anything, are used to tourists so they speak English, they have absolutely nothing to do with “Hungarians” in Romania.  Even the homeless are dressed decently and are clean , the government provides them with a lot. I think it just makes no sense to say that the streets are clean, people gather their own dogs excrement,the city  is full of bike lanes,  even the few gypsies I’ve seen  were civilized and blend in nicely , instead my bad  Romanian  compatriots who were selling phones on the street corner or begging on the street stand out from the crowd.

On the last day I took the morning train to Vienna,  direct trains called RailJet departurt   from Keleti railway station, tickets are bought inside the station, and costs around  EUR 25 for a round trip Budapest – Vienna,you have to pay in Forints (HUF) and the ticket is valid for a return trip for  3 days with  any train at any time, there is no penalty as long as do not exceed those 3 days. Trains are to Western standards, moving with a cruising speed of 160 km / h, and arrive at Meidling station in Vienna, after which they continue the journey to Germany.

Vienna is at a different , higher level, more sophisticated, refined … and more expensive. It’s up there in the tops with Paris, London and other imperial capitals. Euro is the currency ,  so a snack street cost 5 euros , about  30-40 for dining out, traveling by metro 2.2. In the center wherever you look back you get a spectacular view, Habsburg architecture is at it’s home, its imfluence arrived at our cities of Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu (at the time when Transylvania was part of the Habsburg empire), transportation is almost perfect, the whole city is crossed by trams , both  modern and restored vintage ones , metro, RER, etc etc. Do not miss many palaces of the city, among the most beautiful in the world, especially Roman-style Parliament, City Hall, the imperial palace complex, Belvedere Court palace and gardens, the pedestrian shopping streets Graben around where there is the Gothic               St. Stephen’s Cathedral and many many many others which unfortunately I did not have time to visit in one day, but I hope that I will return there one day soon.


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